• How Do ABA Therapists Set Goals?

    ABA therapy is an evidence-based method of replacing undesirable behaviors with desired behaviors. An important part of developing an autism treatment plan is goal-setting. First, the ABA therapist conducts a thorough assessment of the child’s strengths and deficits. This assessment is used to determine which specific skills the child needs to learn. In light of […]

  • A Look at the Benefits of Early Intervention ABA Therapy

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a collection of techniques that behavior analysts can use to help children with autism overcome their challenges. ABA therapy is sequential, versatile, and backed by decades of scientific research. As effective as ABA therapy is, the best outcomes are seen when children begin therapy as early in life as possible. This is […]

  • Royals Sign First Baseball Player Diagnosed with Autism

    With early intervention and intensive ABA therapy, children with autism can grow up to become capable and productive members of society. Tarik El-Abour is one inspirational example of the way in which people with autism can reach for the stars. As a child, Tarik displayed early symptoms of autism. He was diagnosed at age three. […]

  • Preparing for Your Child’s Happy and Secure Future

    Parents of children with autism have a lot on their minds. There’s the day-to-day routine of getting the child to ABA therapy sessions, dealing with behavioral issues, and ensuring compliance with the child’s IEP. But in addition to those daily challenges is one major, overriding concern: What will happen to the child when the parents […]

  • Practical Advice for the First IEP Eligibility Meeting

    The time immediately after a diagnosis of autism can be frustrating for parents. It might seem simultaneous as if life is changing too quickly, and as if the process to get special needs services is taking too long. One of the first steps in this process is the initial IEP eligibility meeting. The purpose of […]

  • What to Do If Your Child Experiences Bullying at School

    Finding out that your child is being bullied is never pleasant, but it can be especially stressful for parents of children who have autism . Unfortunately, studies have shown that children with autism are more likely to experience bullying from their peers than other children are. These are some steps you can take if you […]

  • Is Your Child Ready to Host a Playdate?

    Learning social skills is a natural part of a child’s development, and children with autism are no exception. If your child has autism or another developmental delay, it can take some time before you schedule his or her first playdate. Here are some of the signs that your child is ready for some playtime with […]

  • Helping Your Child Deal with Schedule Changes

    Adjusting to even small changes in schedule can be difficult for a child with autism. Changes in routine may encompass anything from going to the dentist for the first time to eating lunch at a slightly different time of day. You can help your child adjust by trying to make the change familiar ahead of […]

  • When to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor about Autism Symptoms

    If you have noticed potential symptoms of autism in your child, it can be difficult to know when you should speak to your physician about it. It’s best to rely on your instincts as a parent and to call your doctor if you sense any developmental delays in your child. You should also act quickly […]

  • Getting the Most Out of One-on-One Therapy Sessions

    One-on-one ABA therapy sessions are a cornerstone of what we do here at The Behavior Exchange. Our talented behavior analysts work closely with parents to develop an in-depth understanding of each child’s unique developmental needs and challenges. This enables us to develop personalized approaches to fostering achievement. There are a few things parents can do […]