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Why do you teach action labels to individuals with autism?

Because this program teaches the individual to engage in and identify common everyday actions/activities and can be used to facilitate the individual’s ‘commenting’ on other’s activities. It may be helpful to take pictures of the individual and family members or other important people in their life engaging in discrete actions and use these pictures to […]



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How to teach your child to tolerate waiting when they ask for something appropriately.

Our past three posts have dealt with understanding why children engage in challenging behaviors, learning how to react to these challenging behaviors, and teaching your child alternative ways of getting the same thing that she/he wants when engaging in the challenging behavior.  If all of these steps are followed, most parents will now have the […]



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What should you do IN RESPONSE to your child engaging in challenging behavior?

Remember those four reasons why people may engage in challenging behaviors discussed in the previous post?  People may want attention from other people, may want something, may want to get out of something, or may enjoy how the behavior feels.  If you haven’t already read it, we suggest reading the prior post so the information […]



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What approach should caregivers take with challenging behaviors?

Managing challenging behaviors can be quite stressful.  Most of the time, parents just do what they can to get through the situation with as little fuss and fighting as possible.  Unfortunately, this often times involves strategies that may be counterproductive, increasing the chance of these behaviors occurring in the future.  If the goal is to […]



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Using Language In A Clear Way For Children With Autism.

If you’ve ever heard behavioral therapists talking with children with autism, you may have noticed that they speak with very clear and minimalistic language.  Some people may even think it’s too robotic.  So, why do they do it? A language impairment is one of the main criteria to receive a diagnosis of autism.  Many children […]



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Increasing Language For Children With Autism.

Impairment in communication is one of the main diagnostic criteria for a child with autism, specifically a delay in or total lack of spoken language.  Behavior analysts break down “language” into many reasons a child would communicate.  Based on these reasons, they identify where there are deficits and how they can increase these deficit areas.  […]



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How To Teach Children With Autism How To Play Independently.

Do you ever wonder how you make it through each day, getting your child dressed and to school?  What about shopping, laundry, house cleaning, and dinner? Somehow you do it, and that is enough for anyone to be proud of.  We want to provide you with some additional techniques that may help with the time […]



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Using Structure And Scheduling For Your Child And Taking Much Needed Time For You.

When you arrive home with the kids after school and work, the first thing you may want to do is relax!  Turning on the television for your child, letting her watch a movie, or allowing her to engage in her repetitive behaviors to her heart’s content is very tempting.  You have had a long day […]



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Making Bedtime And Sleep An Easier Routine For Children With Autism and PDD.

Bedtime can be one of those nightly events which many parents love or hate, or both!  It means that peace and quiet is soon ahead, but it also can mean that a huge struggle is about to ensue.  Many children with autism have difficulties either transitioning to bed, falling asleep, or even staying asleep all […]



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Addressing Eating Issues With Children With Autism.

Do you have troubles getting your child to eat meals, let alone healthy meals?  Many children with autism have difficulties with eating, either because of texture sensitivities, taste aversions, food allergies causing their diets to be very limited, or even just a lack of interest because they would rather be playing or doing something else.  […]



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