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Is Lack of Pointing a Sign of Autism?

Did you know that lack of pointing with your index finger by the age of 18 months is a red flag for possible autism? In this video blog, I'm going to show you how you can keep an eye on this early communication skill in babies and toddlers and how to work on teaching toddlers with or without a…

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Preventing Autism – Is It Possible?

Can autism be prevented? This is often a topic of debate. So, today I'm going to be sharing my opinion about preventing autism.

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What Shoes for Kids with Autism Are Best? | Resolving Shoe Problems

Even after being a behavioral analyst for over a decade, I made a big mistake a few years ago about shoes for Lucas. Today, I'm going to cover some key points about shoes for kids with autism, that all parents and professionals need to know.

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New Autism Podcast with Dr. Mary Barbera Coming January 22, 2019

In January 2017, I started my weekly video blog, and on January 22, 2019, I'll be adding a weekly autism podcast called Turn Autism Around with Dr. Mary Barbera. Today, I'm going to tell you why I decided to start a podcast and give you a sneak peek at the first few episodes.

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Is Autism Medication an Option for Treatment?

When kids with autism have problem behaviors, inattention, or sleep issues, many medical and educational professionals, relatives, and friends recommend medication. Today, we're talking all about autism medication and supplements.

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The Stress Levels Autism Moms Face

Did you know that mothers of children with autism experience the stress levels of combat soldiers? Today I'll be addressing this serious issue and giving some strategies on how to deal with stress for autism moms and dads.


ADHD vs. Autism – Differences, Early Signs & Next Steps to Take

When toddlers are inattentive, hyper focused on certain topics or items, or extremely hyperactive, both professionals and parents wonder if it's normal, if it's just a phase, or if it's ADHD or autism. Today, I want to discuss ADHD vs. autism symptoms in very young children and the treatment for…

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Autism Sensory Issues: What is Sensory Overload & How Can You Deal with It?

I commonly hear things like, "my child's problem behaviors are caused by sensory issues, so I don't want to treat them like behavior issues." I feel like there's a lot of confusion as to whether a behavior is caused by something sensory, or if it should be treated like any other behavior. So, today…

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High Functioning Autism vs. Low Functioning Autism: Is There a Difference?

When my son Lucas was young, I thought he had high functioning autism because he was included in typical toddler preschool classes and was warm and cuddly with me. But now most would consider Lucas low functioning. After two decades in the autism world, I really don't like the terms "high…


Preparing for the Holidays with Your Child with Autism

Holidays can be a stressful time for children with autism and their families, as well as for the professionals who work with them. Today, I'm going to give you some tips that might help make your holidays a little bit less stressful, and more joyful.