• Skills Your Child Can Learn from One-on-One Therapy

    The team at The Behavior Exchange customizes each child’s program to his or her needs and goals, which means each one-on-one therapy program is unique. However, the common areas that our therapists address include the development of language skills and social skills. Children learn to engage in age-appropriate play and develop their motor skills. With these intensive behavior classes, your child can also learn to strengthen sibling relationships.

    Reading and Writing

    Other behavior areas that may be addressed include instruction following and compliance. Additionally, your child will work on academic skills such as mathematics, writing, and reading. Our therapy techniques are based on the clinically proven approach of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Many parents find that after their children have mastered certain skills and behaviors in one-on-one therapy sessions, they can benefit from participating in group therapy.

    If you have any questions about the behavior classes available at The Behavior Exchange, please call (972) 312-8733. Our therapy center is conveniently located in Plano, near Dallas.

    Written By Tammy Cline-Soza, MS, BCBA

  • Apps that Help People with Autism Communicate

    Children with autism often struggle with expressive language skills, or the ability to express needs, wants, and feelings. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices can help these children communicate. For example, a child can touch certain symbols, pictures, or words on an app to translate those words into speech.  We always encourage parents and teachers to still require verbalizations, even if they are approximations.

    As you’ll learn by watching this “60 Minutes” interview, apps for individuals with autism have already made a significant difference for countless families. You’ll hear an interview with Josh, who is nonverbal, yet is able to communicate extensively with his app. You’ll also hear from therapists, who note that AAC devices such as apps can improve a child’s social skills.

    At The Behavior Exchange in Plano, we’re on a mission to reduce frustration for children with autism and improve communication and social skills. Call (972) 312-8733 to  enroll your child in a behavior class  today.

    Written By Tammy Cline-Soza, MS, BCBA

  • Tips for Socializing with a Child with Autism

    Although each child with autism has unique challenges, it’s common for this developmental disorder to cause difficulty with communication and social skills. Many people aren’t quite sure how to interact with a child who has autism. When in doubt, it’s always best to talk to the child’s parents about the child’s challenges and how best to socialize with him or her.

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    Learn about the Child’s Challenges
    While  children with autism often share similar challenges , it’s best not to assume that a particular child will have trouble interacting with others. Autism affects children in many different ways. Talk to the child’s parents about how you should interact with them in the most beneficial way. Ask specific questions such as whether their child is easily overwhelmed by loud noises and bright lights, whether the child prefers to avoid physical contact or enjoys hugs, and whether the child may react aggressively to external stimuli. Additionally, ask the parents what the child’s interests and hobbies are and find activities of mutual interest to engage in together.

    Go to the Child’s Level
    An adult towering over a child who is playing on the floor may sometimes appear intimidating. Instead of standing over a child, get on the child’s level before trying to interact with him or her. Sit in a child-sized chair at the table, kneel, or sit on the floor near the child.

    Offer the Child Toys
    Place a variety of toys in front of the child. Try to include some toys that fit in with the child’s interests, such as toy trains for children who love trains. You might start playing with a puzzle and then invite the child to join in. Talk to the child throughout the play session; even if they don’t respond, he or she learns from your conversation.

    Use Positive Reinforcement
    Positive reinforcement is a cornerstone of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. When the child completes one of your directives, looks at you, initiates play or vocalizes, reward the child with praise and access to a preferred item.

    The therapists at  The Behavior Exchange  use evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis techniques to help children with autism learn to communicate more effectively. If your child is struggling to socialize with peers and adults, consider scheduling a consultation with one of our dedicated autism therapists. You can reach our location in Plano by calling (972) 312-8733.

    Written By Tammy Cline-Soza, MS, BCBA

  • Benefits of Social Skills Group Therapy

    Many children struggle with social skill deficits or delays that can adversely affect their self-confidence. The social skills group therapy program at The Behavior Exchange is designed to promote healthy self-confidence in children by giving them the skills they need to successfully navigate social interactions. Children who participate in this program make new friends and work on cooperative skill-building activities. They engage in age-appropriate play, including gaming and technology activities. Our students make friendships that often extend beyond our center!

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    As with all of our programs, our social skills group therapy program is based on the scientifically proven techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA techniques can help children with autism, language delays, attention deficits, learning differences, and more.

    If you would like to learn more about social skills group therapy at The Behavior Exchange, please call (972) 312-8733. We have been creating friendships for kids for many years and Dallas-area families see that our services can help their children overcome the challenges associated with autism and other developmental disorders.

    Written By Tammy Cline-Soza, MS, BCBA

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