• Tips for Traveling with Your Child with Autism

    Traveling with a child who displays signs of autism can be challenging, particularly if the child still requires a car seat. Children with autism may resist the straps of the car seat and attempt to get out of the seat while the car is in motion. It can be especially trying to get a child […]

  • The Importance of Focusing on Your Child’s Abilities

    It’s not uncommon for parents to have difficulty coming to terms with the early signs of autism in their children. Yet, children remain the same unique people that they were before the diagnosis; they just need some extra help to reach their full potential. If your child has autism, you can give him or her […]

  • How Autism Spectrum Disorders Affect Language Development

    Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect children in different ways. Often, children with autism display language deficits, such as delayed language development. For example, a child may develop a broad vocabulary at an early age, yet have trouble associating the words with their meanings. These types of autism symptoms can make it difficult for children to […]

  • The Benefits of Early Intervention in Preparing Your Child for School

    Generally, a child may be diagnosed with autism as early as 18 months, although some of the signs of autism may be evident before this point. Receiving a diagnosis for your child as soon as possible is a crucial step toward getting him or her the services needed to facilitate the best possible outcome. When […]

  • How to Respect the Individuality of People with Autism

    One common misconception about autism is that it affects every person the same. It’s important to remember that not only are the symptoms of autism experienced differently by each individual; but also that every person with autism has a unique personality. Supporting a person’s independence and respecting his or her wishes can improve their quality […]

  • The Benefits of Autism Therapy

    Language acquisition, pragmatic language skills, social interactions, and behavioral issues are just a few of the challenges that children with autism struggle with every day. It’s not unheard of for a very bright child to fall behind in school simply because of issues such as class disruptions. Every child with autism deserves the opportunity to […]

  • The Benefits of Social Skills Groups

    Many children with autism, learning differences, and behavior disorders have trouble making friends and interacting with others. If this describes your child with special needs, consider enrolling him or her in a social skills group at The Behavior Exchange, an ABA therapy center located in Plano. We’ve found that giving children with autism the tools […]

  • A Parent’s Guide to Behavior Disorders

    Parents of children with behavior disorders may sometimes feel at a loss as to how to cope with and change these challenging behaviors. Behavior disorders can strain family relationships and cause problems in school. It’s important for parents to realize that behavior disorders are not the result of “bad parenting” and that there is help […]

  • Getting to Know the Autism Spectrum

    New diagnostic criteria have been issued for individuals with autism. Instead of recognizing different autism subtypes such as Asperger’s, autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), the new criteria groups all types of autism under the umbrella diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, the types and degrees of […]

  • UNDERSTANDING THE PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

    When children with autism struggle with problem behaviors, the quality of life for the whole family may be adversely affected. In addition, problem behaviors such as noncompliance and meltdowns can significantly affect a teacher’s ability to maintain an ideal learning environment, which in turn, affects the child’s academic progress. An ABA therapist can apply the […]