• Tips for Making Bedtime More Manageable

    Getting enough sleep can help improve your child’s concentration and overall well-being. Unfortunately, for parents of children with autism, this can be a struggle. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about an appropriate amount of sleep for his or her age range. Then, establish a set bedtime and wake time that follows those guidelines. It can be helpful for your child to follow a bedtime ritual each night, which may help him or her calm down and get ready for sleeping.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, children can also benefit from getting plenty of exercise and fresh air during the day to encourage a good night’s sleep. This expert recommends reconsidering naptime for older children who have trouble with bedtime and briefly introduces the idea of bedtime passes for children with autism.

    Parents in the North Dallas area can turn to the ABA therapists of The Behavior Exchange for help implementing successful strategies to ease the challenges associated with autism. Give us a call at (972) 312-8733 and ask us about our individual and group parent training classes .

  • Parent Training at The Behavior Exchange

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    The role of parents in a child’s life is essential. Parents are the most important teachers in a child’s life and have the power to help children interact in a meaningful way with the world around them. At The Behavior Exchange, we would like to ensure your child’s success and our parent training program is an important part of that process.

    As a parent in our program, you will learn practical Applied Behavior Analysis techniques that will help you connect with your child and ultimately affect your child’s life and your family’s well-being. From structuring your time to establishing rules, we will help you feel confident that the interactions you have with your child are having a positive effect on your child’s development.

    Even if your child is not a student at The Behavior Exchange of Plano, we would like to help. We encourage all parents and caretakers to enroll in one of our individual or group parent training classes. Give your child the best chance at success by visiting our website or calling (972) 312-8733.

  • Exploring the Benefits of Social Interaction for Children with Autism


    All children, including children with developmental delays, need to engage in social interaction regularly. Social interaction helps children develop vital skills they will use for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, children with autism often experience challenges with social skills, such as initiating conversations with their peers or asking to join in a game. A social skills group guided by behavior therapists can help children learn to successfully navigate social interactions.

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    Children with autism who struggle to interact with peers and lack the ability to make friends often suffer from poor self-confidence. They may want to play with other children, yet aren’t sure how to approach their peers. In a social skills group, an autism therapist can teach children how to develop these vital peer relationships . Building friendships nurtures children’s self-confidence and self-esteem, and they can become emotionally resilient.

    Language Development

    Successfully interacting with peers enables children to relax and have fun. However, it also encourages the development of critical skills, including language and speech. Peer interaction allows children to practice their receptive language skills—or listening comprehension. They have more opportunities to work on their expressive language skills—or spoken and written words. Plus, it provides for pragmatic language skill development, which is an issue that children with autism often struggle with. Pragmatic language refers to skills such as making eye contact and interpreting facial expressions.

    Problem Solving

    Children can learn problem solving skills in independent play; however, problem solving skills within a social context is a dynamic learning experience for children. With regular social interaction, children are introduced to a variety of social situations that often require problem solving skills such as conflict resolution.

    If your child displays social skills deficits, he or she can benefit from the social skills group services available at The Behavior Exchange . These fun and stimulating groups are led by highly skilled behavior therapists, who guide children in learning how to make friends, interact appropriately, and grow in self-confidence. Families in the Dallas area can call (972) 312-8733 to learn more about our autism therapy programs.