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Speech Articulation Problems in Kids with Autism

Speech Articulation Problems in Kids with Autism Speech articulation problems in children with or without autism can be affected by their feeding, drinking, and other oral motor habits. By adjusting some of these habits, you can get better speech development and articulation in many of your…

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Prompt Fading in Children with Autism

Prompt Fading in Children with Autism Many kids with autism or signs of autism are prompt dependent. But it’s not the child’s fault as prompt dependency is caused by well-meaning adults who are trying to help the child gain skills, but not necessarily fading prompts quick enough. This…

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Getting an ABA Program Started

There are lots of ways to try to educate yourself as a parent or professional on the principles of an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. For professionals, bringing in a knowledgeable speaker on the topic of ABA is probably the most common way to begin. This can often “jump-start” enthusiasm…

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Is Your Child Not Responding to Their Name? Here’s What You Can Do

Is Your Child Not Responding to Their Name? Here’s What You Can Do One of the hallmark signs of autism is a child not responding to their name. I know when Lucas was a young child, he would not respond to his name and that was a warning sign of autism. So, I now know, as a behavior analyst,…

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Behavior Reinforcement for Children with Autism

Behavior Reinforcement for Children with Autism When your children or clients do something that makes you think, “wow, I’d love to see that more!” Did you know you could actually make that happen? Today I’m going to talk all about behavior reinforcement. .embed-container {…

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Autism and Anxiety

Autism and Anxiety Children with autism often experience other medical issues, including anxiety.  Today, I’m discussing the different types of anxiety that you may be seeing in your child or clients and I’m also going to give you next steps that you should take if your child has…

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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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