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Parent Tips To Determining Why Behavior Problems Happen

One of the most helpful things to keep in mind in having young children is the realization that each and every behavior has a purpose—an underlying reason for why it occurs. Once the function or purpose of a behavior is identified, it is then possible to teach something different directly targeting the underlying reason for […]






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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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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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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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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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“If this was what it was going to take to get him to walk out of the house and be able to go to the supermarket again, then I was all for it.”

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