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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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How To Make Long Car Rides More Manageable With Children With Autism.

Taking a long car ride anytime soon?  It’s time to start planning how to keep your child busy and how to make the long drive as enjoyable as it can be.  Some children with autism may do really well on car rides as it provides them with time for them to do enjoyable things such […]



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Parenting Survival Skills.

Do you ever feel like your child or children take all of your energy and you therefore have no energy to give to your spouse, partner, or friends?  This is very normal although so important to pay attention to, be mindful of, and work at.  Humans are social beings and we need that support network […]



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How To Make The Grocery Store A Learning Opportunity For Your Child With Autism.

The grocery store is one of those places that parents wish they can go to alone as it may be their only time alone for the week!  This does not always happen though and can be quite stressful with a child with autism.  On the other hand, it can also be a wonderful learning experience […]



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Some Simple Strategies To Help You Go To The Park With Your Child With Autism.

Many parents of children with autism run into barriers when taking their children out into the community.  The park is one place where children typically enjoy their freedom and thrive, which can be a nice relief for many parents; although, for parents of children with autism, this can be a stressful situation for many different […]



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Why Is Following Through Important When Giving Instructions?

One of the biggest concerns that parents with children with autism have is that they don’t listen.  Continually telling your child to do something and having them not respond can be very frustrating and stressful.  Besides making instructions very clear and giving instructions only when the child is paying attention, the biggest most important thing […]



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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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“It was very interesting and a lot to learn…but it was also very exciting too to see him respond when he wouldn’t respond to us before.”

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