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How to use alternative behaviors to inappropriate, challenging behaviors.

We recently reviewed four reasons why children may engage in challenging behaviors, and strategies that parents may utilize if put in a situation in which your child begins to engage in challenging behaviors.  We will now provide guidance on how to avoid challenging behaviors in the first place, or rather, teach alternative behaviors that still […]



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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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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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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 Assignment Notebooks To Help Individuals With Autism In Classrooms And Other Settings.

An effective organizational strategy for older students, higher functioning students, or students with Asperger Syndrome is an assignment notebook. All academic tasks and their due dates are listed in the notebook and the student will take it to school and home every school day. The most effective support would include a sample of what each […]



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Using Graphic Organizers To Help Individuals With Autism In Classrooms And Other Settings.

A Graphic organizer is a visual support that provides visual representation of facts and concepts within the organized framework. Graphic organizers arrange key terms to show their relationship to one another, providing abstract or implicit information in a concrete, visual manner. They are particularly useful with content area material that occurs in K-12 curriculum. Graphic […]



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Using Social Stories To Help Individuals With Autism In Classrooms And Other Settings.

Using Social Stories is a strategy that is likely not new to teachers. However, not all teachers know that they can be used to work with and teach individuals with autism specific skills surrounding social and behavioral needs. Social stories interventions enhance social skill acquisition for many students with autism. What are social stories and […]



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How Choice Boards and “Wait Supports” Can Be Used To Support Students With Autism In Classrooms.

“Choice Boards” are a type of environmental support that really should often be used. A Choice Board is an important form of a visual support for many students with ASD. As much as possible, choices should be incorporated into as many activities as possible as choice Boards provide students with decision-making opportunities. As such, it […]



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Using Activity Completion Signals To Support Students With Autism In Classroom Settings.

Activity Completion Signals are another tool to help students identify when an activity is over.  Many students with autism have a lot of difficulty knowing how long an activity or task will last and even when they will be asked to switch their focus to another task. Activity completion signals such as “Finish Pockets” or […]



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How To Support Students With Autism In Classroom Settings Using Picture Cards, Picture Files, and Picture Books.

The next classroom support we’ll discuss are Behaviorally-Based Communication Tools. These types of support strategies are teacher-oriented techniques that are used to enhance communication with students and provide any needed behavioral supports. These types of strategies can help teachers gain and maintain student attention, provide support for on past behavior, make directions were clear and […]



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