Helping Your Child (and you) Get the Most From ABA Therapy

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/therapy and home setting. As parents, you have the incredible ability to increase your child’s skills e...
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Making Haircuts Not so Scary

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 using clippers, have the clippers laying around the house while not bringing any attention to it. By ...
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Trick or Treat

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 years of therapy and special education working toward this goal. Josh writes a monthly article for ou...
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Encouraging Daily Independence in Your Child

The desire for independence is within each one of us. All of us, at some point in our lives, (whether we were 5 years old or 55 years old) have said, “I want to do it myself!” or “I don’t need help!” Independence gives us a sense of purpose, accomplishment, and pride. The movement towards independence, in daily living skills, is a typical developmental milestone for children. A child will go from crying every time they are hungry, to waddling towards the refrigerator, to trying to get her own dr...
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Great Parenting Tips!

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“Alien in a Boardroom” by Josh

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 years of therapy and special education working toward this goal. Josh writes a monthly article for ou...
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The social skills building play date

Does your special needs child have difficulty making and playing with friends? Are you looking for ways to encourage social interactions between your special needs child and other children? Have you often asked yourself whether other children would want to play with your child? Or whether your child will play appropriately and be liked? Organizing a play date for your child may help to encourage social skills in a natural setting where you can model and prompt developmental social skills in a fa...
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Potty training your sensory kid

Teaching a child with Autism how to use a toilet can pose several different challenges. Even if you have success with potty training your child in your own home, some children with Autism have trouble adopting this new knowledge in other situations. There are also sensory issues to consider in the home and when using public restrooms. Some children with Autism have difficulty sitting on a hard toilet seat, have a hard time hearing the toilet flush, or are interested in flushing the toilet excess...
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