• What Parents Need to Know About Language Delays

    When parents hear their babies coo or babble, they may not realize just how important those nonsensical sounds are to their children’s development. Well before infants verbalize their first recognizable word, they are learning and testing their language abilities in a variety of ways. Though children can develop their communication skills over varying periods of time, parents should carefully monitor their kids and observe for any language delays .

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    Recognizing the Signs
    Language delays encompass more than just verbal expression. Parents can often spot the signs of a language problem before their children would normally start speaking. For instance, even before they can talk, children can understand words and commands from other people. An infant who cannot respond to a simple request from his parent may have a language delay. In some cases, a lack of attention to verbal interaction may indicate a hearing problem. Children can also use their bodies to communicate before they can speak. Instead of asking for a bottle or toy, a child may point to it. Infants who cannot display these behaviors by their first birthdays may be experiencing language difficulties. Language delays may also be to blame for toddlers who cannot express themselves through words by the time they turn two years old.

    Seeking Professional Help
    Because children can develop according to varying timetables, some parents may be reluctant to discuss their concerns with a behavior disorder specialist. Others may wait with the hope that their children simply need more time to catch up to their peers. If a language delay is present, though, the lack of immediate professional treatment may only intensify their challenges. The sooner help is sought, the quicker that parents can address the needs of their children. With both one-on-one therapy sessions and group behavior classes, children with language delays can receive the support they require and move past the obstacles hindering their communication abilities.

    Is your child exhibiting delayed language skills? The Behavior Exchange can provide expert evaluation and assessment for families residing in the greater Dallas area. To schedule a consultation with one of our behavior disorder specialists, call (972) 312-8733.

  • What Are the Social Development Milestones for 2-Year-Olds?

    The developmental phase that parents often refer to as the terrible twos is just one aspect of toddler social growth. This video discusses what parents can expect from their 2-year-olds and how they can nurture their development.

    Toddlers are eager to demonstrate their independence, which is why they may become disagreeable at times. They also tend to play on their own rather than engage other children. Parents can foster positive behaviors in their 2-year-olds by showing them how to interact appropriately with other people. By modeling how to share toys and take turns, parents can teach their toddlers proper social skills.

    Is your toddler not displaying the social development milestones common for his age? The Behavior Exchange can help. Call our Dallas area office today at (972) 312-8733 to learn more about our behavior classes. 

  • Examining Our School Advocacy Program

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    For your child to succeed in the classroom, it is essential that their behavioral and academic needs be attended to in a consistent and comprehensive way. The Behavior Exchange’s school advocacy program can see to it that your child’s classroom experience is a positive and supportive one.

    Our applied behavior analysis specialists can foster this objective in several ways. For one, we can survey your child’s classroom to determine if it is conducive to their learning demands. Also, we can evaluate the educational plan put forth by your child’s school to discern whether it corresponds with the applied behavior analysis results determined by The Behavior Exchange. In addition, we can discuss with your child’s educators how to create an environment and educational plan that best suits the individual needs of your child.

    Would you like to learn more about our school advocacy program ? Then call The Behavior Exchange in Plano at (214) 556-3847. We would be happy to discuss how our applied behavior analysis team can enhance your child’s school life and academic success. 

  • Pinpointing the Earliest Symptoms of Autism

    Autism experts are still looking into the reasons why this condition presents in some children and how it affects their development. However, many autism specialists agree that the earlier an autism diagnosis can be made, the faster that treatment can address a child’s symptoms. Knowing the early signs of autism can help parents seek help for their children as soon as possible.

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    Language Delays
    Developmental experts stress that children can be on varying language skill timetables, though some communication delays may point to the presence of autism. For instance, if an infant cannot communicate via pointing gestures or nonsensical jabbering by the time he reaches his first birthday, it might be due to autism. Many children can articulate single words by the time they are a year and a half old, so a lack of any vocabulary skills at this age might also indicate autism. A child who has begun to develop his language skills, only to regress with age, may also need the services of an applied behavior analysis expert.

    Interactive Deficiencies
    Language is not the only aspect of childhood development that parents should take into consideration when evaluating their child’s advances. How a child engages with those around him can also highlight a potential autism spectrum disorder. Well before they can verbally communicate, children can respond to the verbal instruction of others. If a child does not respond upon hearing his name, or he ignores requests to view or interact with an object or person, it may indicate the presence of autism. Young children can also express themselves through facial cues. A child who does not smile in response to positive stimulation may require specialist intervention.

    If you have observed language delays or other developmental concerns in your child, The Behavior Exchange can help. Our applied behavior analysis experts can provide a thorough evaluation of your child’s language and social skills to determine if he or she might require professional support. For more information about our services, call our Dallas area office at (972) 312-8733.

  • When Should You Seek Help for Your Child’s Social Behavior

    Social engagement is an important component to healthy childhood development. Interacting and communicating with other children can help your child learn how to express himself and understand nonverbal cues from others. However, the following actions may indicate a behavior disorder for which you may want to seek the help of an applied behavior analysis specialist. 

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    He exhibits attention deficit tendencies.
    A new toy can become an intense object of interest for many children, and under normal circumstances, it can provide the focus for many minutes of playtime. Yet for a child with a potential social behavior problem, a novel object may fail to grab his attention for even a few moments. When your child cannot concentrate on a single toy or activity for even a minimal amount of time, it might signal an underlying behavioral concern.

    He avoids direct peer interactions.
    How a child interacts with his peers may also point to a potential behavior disorder. If your child refuses to play with others, it may signal more than shyness. It might highlight a problem with his social skills development. You may also want to observe his manner of play when in the presence of other children, especially if he prefers to play alone. If your child avoids direct engagement with their peers, you may want to consider discussing his actions with a behavior disorder expert.

    He displays violent inclinations.
    A frustrated or tired child may lack the emotional maturity to express himself through words. Instead, he may simply throw a toy in aggravation. Such tendencies can be normal under certain circumstances. However, if your child has frequent violent outbursts that can cause harm to himself or others, it may warrant a consultation with a specialist who can determine if he shows the signs of a behavior disorder.

    The Behavior Exchange has the resources parents need to help their children overcome behavior disorders. If you have concerns regarding the way in which your child interacts with others, call our Dallas area office today at (972) 312-8733. We can schedule a consultation to decide whether their actions indicate a potential social behavior problem