• Understanding Autism Symptoms

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    Many parents of children with autism have longed to know how their children perceive the world. Of course, every child is unique, regardless of whether or not he or she has autism. Each child will have a unique perspective on the world. But for children with autism, the way in which they perceive the world is generally quite different from typically developing children. Children with autism often experience sensory imbalances. This can cause them to either be overstimulated or under-stimulated by sensory stimuli, such as lights, noises, textures, and odors.

    Children with autism often have difficulty processing information or they focus on irrelevant information. For example, a child with autism may focus on the pattern of the wallpaper, rather than on a conversation. It can be difficult for children with autism to make sense of all the information they’re trying to process. These struggles are thought to be the cause of unusual or disruptive behaviors. Children who engage in these behaviors may be trying to communicate or regain control over their situations.

    With the help of the autism therapists at The Behavior Exchange, your family can develop a better understanding of your child and his or her unique needs. Call (972) 312-8733 to learn about our behavior classes near Dallas.

  • Tips for Dealing with a Crisis at Home

    Parents of children with autism can work closely with an autism therapist to learn how to implement effective intervention techniques during a crisis situation. When a crisis occurs, the primary focus must be on maintaining the safety of the child and others involved. For a child with autism, a crisis is generally defined as behaviors that can potentially cause harm to the child or others including aggression and self-injury.  

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, you can work with your child’s autism therapist to develop strategies for preventing and coping with future crises. These strategies may include recognizing the triggers for a meltdown and working with an autism therapist to develop an individualized plan with proactive de-escalation strategies.

    Families in Plano and the surrounding areas can find the help they need at The Behavior Exchange. Call (972) 312-8733 to schedule a consultation with an autism therapist or visit our website to learn more about our clinically proven approach to facilitating ideal outcomes.

  • Quick Facts About Autism

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    If your child was recently diagnosed with autism, you’re probably trying to learn as much about it as possible. Autism is a developmental disorder that has a broad range of potential symptoms. Communication impairment, behavioral problems, and social issues are common among children with autism. However, it’s important to realize that every individual with autism experiences the disorder in a unique way.

    The incidence rate of autism has been steadily increasing in the U.S. According to Autism Speaks, one in 68 children is affected by autism. More boys than girls develop autism. In fact, one out of every 42 boys is affected by this developmental disorder. Ongoing research into the possible causes of autism has linked the disorder to genetics. While the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can significantly impair function, autism therapists can use proven techniques to help children overcome barriers.

    The Behavior Exchange can help your child reach his or her full potential by using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based approach to addressing autism symptoms. To learn more about our behavior classes , you can call our location near Dallas at (972) 312-8733.

  • A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Wandering

    Wandering is alarmingly common among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Not only can it be extremely distressing for children and their families, but wandering is also dangerous. Children with autism who wander are more likely to suffer close calls with traffic accidents and drowning incidents, and they may be unable to communicate their situation to passersby to obtain help. Talk to your child’s autism therapist about methods of preventing wandering and work closely with your child’s school to improve safety measures.

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    Install a Home Security System
    Cases of wandering in children with autism can often be prevented by installing a home security system. You can have alarms installed on your doors to alert you if your child tries to leave. You might also consider installing hook and eye locks on your doors. Be sure to place them above your child’s reach. Another prevention strategy is having fencing installed around your home. An autism therapist can teach your child to recognize stop signs and to obey them. It can be helpful to place printable versions of stop signs on the interior of all of your doors and windows.

    Use Tracking and ID Devices
    GPS or radiofrequency tracking devices can locate your child in the event that he or she does wander off. Contact your community’s law enforcement for information on these tracking devices. If your child will tolerate wearing a medical ID bracelet fill one out to indicate that your child has autism.

    Meet with School Administrators
    Consider finding an autism therapist who is willing to meet with school administrators about your child’s needs. An autism therapist can raise awareness about the prevalence and dangers of wandering among children. You might also consider meeting with the school’s security team to review security measures, recommend improved protocols, and alert them about your child’s challenges.

    Working with an autism therapist at The Behavior Exchange can help your child replace challenging behaviors with appropriate ones. In addition, our autism specialists work closely with schools in the Dallas and Plano areas to help school staff understand behavioral interventions and other critical facets of teaching a child with autism. To speak with a friendly member of our team, please call (972) 312-8733.