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1 in 54 Children will be Diagnosed with Autism this Year

Prevalence of Autism in the United States  If you are the parent of a child, it is likely that Autism is not a new word to you. Autism has been on the rise in recent years and continues to impact more and more children each year. According to a report by Autism Speaks, 1 in 54 kids will be diagnosed…

5 Easy Ways to Encourage Your Child to Request

One of the primary concerns for many parents is to help their children with Autism develop meaningful language. Let’s just face it, communication is one of the most important life skills. If your child cannot communicate their basic needs, they will not be able to tell their teacher if they want a drink of water, tell someone if they need…

How to Minimize Meltdowns for Children with Autism

One of the things that is most frustrating for parents of kids on the spectrum is to deal with meltdowns. They are one of the hardest parts of being an Autism parent. But they are even harder for a child than they are for a parent.  When addressing meltdowns, it is always better to try to help avoid them in…

How to Talk to Siblings About Autism

Autism is a difficult but rewarding journey for parents, but what about their other, typically developing children? The siblings of children on the autism spectrum play a very important role in the development of their autistic siblings. Remember siblings are just kids too. Being a sibling of a child with Autism can be a heavy burden for any child to…

How to Get a Child with Autism to Wear a Mask

Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, most schools and businesses in the United States are requiring masks.  It seems like almost every day, parents are venting on social media about their children with Autism not being allowed into schools, being kicked off airplanes or being denied entry into entertainment venues because they cannot wear a mask.  According to the National Rehabilitation…

3 Super Quick Tips for Homeschooling (Videos Included)

By now, many parents have been homeschooling their kids for over a month.  For some, it has gotten easier but for some it is just a big, huge, epic disaster.  It may seem like your child is never going to listen to you.  I have good news and bad news. The bad news…. A lot of schools may not reopen…

5 Tips for Therapists on Providing Successful Tele-therapy

As therapists quickly scramble to adopt teletherapy as the primary model for delivering educational services such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), speech therapy, occupational therapy and special education instruction, there is understandably a lot of anxiety on parts of both parents and practitioners. There are a lot of questions and concerns as to whether or not it would even work.…

Becoming an Autism Dad

There is nothing in life more amazing and miraculous than having children. Approximately one eighth of a second after my wife showed me the double blue line on that little white stick, the enormity of what we had done hit me like a freight train into a nitroglycerin plant. The #1 shock in my life was now occurring, I was…

5 "OT Toys" to Help with Fine Motor Scooping Hand Skills

Sometimes when a child has trouble doing things like feeding themselves with a spoon or holding a crayon properly, there is a physical issue that must be addressed by a specialist such as an occupational therapist. They are trained to identify exactly what needs to be corrected and will know what exercises to use adjust. However, many times, there is…

What are the verbal operants and why do they matter?

Verbal behavior seems like the newest buzz word in the world of Autism. Parents ask me almost every day what it is and how it is different from applied behavior analysis (ABA). Truthfully, it is usually used interchangeably. Technically speaking though, it is the part of ABA that teaches children how to use language to communicate. Verbal behavior was developed…