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Autism Jobs and Vocational Tasks

Autism Jobs & Vocational Tasks When my son, Lucas, celebrated his 18th birthday, he officially became an adult. He participated in some autism jobs for a few years prior to his 18th birthday through his IEP at school. The next summer as part of an Extended School Program (ESY), Lucas started…

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Hand Flapping in Kids with Autism

Hand Flapping in Kids with Autism Hand flapping is a common self stimulatory behavior for kids with autism. Today, I’m talking all about hand flapping and giving you insight on what to do about it. Have you ever been in a lecture where the material is way too easy or completely over your…

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The Big Three Skills for Autism

I’ve been consulting with children and a few adults with autism for many years now. I had a revelation soon after I published my book The Verbal Behavior Approach. I now believe that there are three main skills every child and adult with autism needs to be successful. These skills for autism, I…

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Should You Use Chew Toys for Kids with Autism?

Should You Use Chew Toys for Kids with Autism? Most infants chew on various toys and blankets, especially while they’re teething. Some kids with autism – or signs of autism – continue to chew well beyond infancy. Whether they are chewing on their hand, shirts,  sleeves of their…

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What is the ADOS Test?

What is the ADOS Test? The autism diagnostic observation schedule – or the ADOS test – is a standardized diagnostic tool for testing for autism in children. Today, I’m going to be talking about this test and what to expect from it. There is no blood test or brain scans to detect…

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How Much Positive Praise Do You Give?

I gave a keynote presentation called “Lessons Learned on my Autism Journey.” One of the lessons is about positive praise. The best part of this lesson is that you will most likely benefit no matter how old you are, no matter if you are male or female and no matter if you know anything about autism.…

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Early Signs of Autism in Babies and What To Do

Early Signs of Autism in Babies and What To Do So often we hear something along the lines of early intervention is best practice. This is true, but even still, young children are not usually sent for further assessments until closer to two or three. The good news is, if you’re worried about…

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What is an IEP for Kids with Autism?

What is an IEP for Kids with Autism? IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) are super important. My son, Lucas, who is now 23 years old was three when he got his first IEP. At that point, I didn’t know much about what an IEP was but I learned a lot over the years. So, today I want to share…

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How to Help a Late Talker

How to Help Late Talkers Having a child who is a late talker can be stressful. Will they talk on their own? Do I need to intervene? Are they just a late talker or is it more – like autism? Whether they are just late talkers or it is more, the fact remains that there is a lot you can do.…

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Respite Care for Children with Autism

Respite Care for Children with Autism The reality is, most of our kids need to be engaged most of their waking hours. Respite care for children is needed to give parents a break regardless of the length of time they have been on the autism journey. In this blog I’ll be discussing what…

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