Vacationing with Your Child with Autism

Vacationing with Your Child with Autism
Vacationing with children with autism can be a challenge, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. For a child with autism who insists on consistency, a new hotel room, new rental car, new food and new sights is anything but relaxing. These changes in routine often trigger very challenging behaviors in children with autism. We have six tips to help your child maintain appropriate behavior duri...
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One Step Ahead Technology

One Step Ahead Technology
Here at SBS we try to stay updated in the latest technology that ABA has to offer. In August of 2015 SBS decided to go paperless and upon joining the SBS team, therapists are given tablets to help gain access to our data collection service, ABPathfinder. With ABPathfinder therapists are able to input data for the BCBA’s to look at and change targets according to each child's needs. However, beg...
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My Client Who Found Her Voice

My Client Who Found Her Voice
When a child with autism finds his or her voice, it's nearly as exciting for therapists as it is for that child's parents. When that voice is actually a magnificent singing voice, the feat is even sweeter. I recently saw a video on the Autism Speaks Facebook page of Spencer Harte, a young woman with such a story, and my jaw dropped. This is MY Spencer Harte. I worked with Spencer in her home...
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The Power of Social Stories

The Power of Social Stories
Social stories can be highly effective in teaching children new skills. Although they are typically used for children with autism, the truth is that they can be beneficial for explaining changes to any child. Social stories are visual or written explanations in short and simple stories that are used to explain to a child what to expect in the future, to decrease anxiety, teach rules or even dem...
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5 Ways to Relate to an Autistic Person

5 Ways to Relate to an Autistic Person
Autism is so prevalent that most of us know an autistic person, or at the very least, we know something about autism spectrum disorder. That doesn’t mean we always know what to say or how to react when we encounter an autistic person. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’ve put together a list of ways to relate to an autistic person. There are no rules that apply to everyone, of course, but t...
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Reducing Problem Behaviors and Increasing Productivity

Reducing Problem Behaviors and Increasing Productivity
It's not uncommon in therapy when we teach new skills to kids with autism that we encounter problem behaviors such as: escape, aggression and attention seeking. A student may throw items to escape, hit or scream to gain attention. Escape, attention and aggression are behaviors that can be a response to the tasks that the child are asked to perform, whether they are too difficult or too easy, and m...
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Helping Your Child (and you) Get the Most From ABA Therapy

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Do you ever wonder why you receive rave reviews from your child’s teacher/therapists about his good behavior during therapy sessions, but fail to see the improvements at home? Or have you ever been in a situation where the therapist tells you that your child learned a new skill, but you have yet to see it when the therapist leaves? This often is a result of differing expectations in the school/the...
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Making Haircuts Not so Scary

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Haircuts can be a difficult task for a child with autism. The child may experience sensory issues as well as anxiety. At some point, the child will have to get a haircut. Here are some tips for making the process go a little smoother: * Desensitize: If you have a child who has experienced a haircut already but, it did not go well try to desensitize your child to the entire process. If you are u...
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From Josh: Fairly Obvious

Guest writer Josh is Sarah Steinberg’s brother. Josh is 29 years old, lives in California and has autism. As a child, Josh struggled to communicate and he didn’t speak until the age of 4. Over the years Josh learned to communicate, and today he has a lot to speak about and share with listeners. Josh now lives on his own in his own apartment with some in home support. This independence came after y...
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