• Cutting Down on Discipline Disagreements with Parent Training

    Disciplining a child with autism can be tough. When parents disagree about the discipline system, it’s even more challenging. You can keep your relationship strong and maintain harmony in the family home with parent training sessions at The Behavior Exchange. Our ABA therapists only use evidence-based techniques. When you and your partner learn about the science behind the techniques, you’ll understand the “whys” behind the “hows.” 

    Parents who work with our ABA therapists in our parent training sessions are able to consistently apply results-focused interventions at home and around the community. We’ll show you how to set up your home environment and daily schedule in a way that supports your child’s desirable behavior. We’ll also cover rules, rule enforcement, and child-sibling relationships. 

    Get started on the path toward a more harmonious home and a well-behaved child today! Families affected by autism in the Plano or Frisco area can contact The Behavior Exchange at 972.312.8733 to sign up for our next available parent training sessions. 

  • How The Behavior Exchange’s Summer Camp Can Prepare Your Child for a Great School Year

    Summers can be tricky for families with young kids, due in part to the less structured days. Summer camp is a great way to keep kids busy and out of trouble. And by enrolling your child in The Behavior Exchange’s summer camp, you can rest assured that he or she will continue to learn even when school is out! Our ABA therapists make learning fun by using gaming activities, academic enrichment, and occasional field trips to keep kids engaged in the learning process. 

    School-aged children love our social skills group therapy program, which helps them make lasting friendships and teaches them about appropriate social interactions. If your child needs a little extra help with academic skills, ask us about precision teaching, which is a one-on-one therapy program designed to help children with autism master reading, writing, and mathematics. 

    Space is limited, so contact The Behavior Exchange soon about enrolling your child in our summer camp this year! You can get in touch at 972.312.8733 for more information about the summer camp programs at our ABA center in Plano and Frisco. 

  • Examining Age-Specific Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Autism is a common disorder that can have a major impact on a family. Kids with autism often need extra help to master academic skills, social skills, and desired behaviors. The sooner a child with autism begins receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, the better the outcome is likely to be. Ideally, intervention should begin before a child starts school in order to enable the child to progress through school at a rate that is on target for his or her age. By keeping an eye out for developmental red flags, parents can help their kids get the early intervention they might need as soon as possible. 

    The First Year 

    Sometimes, the early signs of autism can be detected even before a child reaches his or her first birthday. Parents can watch out for avoidance of eye contact, seeming indifference toward others, and a preference for being alone. Toward the end of the first year, parents may notice that their babies fail to react as expected when presented with objects, such as toys. It’s possible for some repetitive behaviors to develop by this point, such as rocking. 

    The Second Year 

    As a child with autism enters the second year of life, parents will typically continue to notice that he or she prefers not to make eye contact with others. Kids who had been developing language skills and social skills may show signs of regression. Other possible differences may include the following: 

    By this point, typically developing children are generally able to use very short sentences of two words. It can be a cause for concern if a child doesn’t develop this ability during the second year. 

    If you’re concerned that you might have noticed the early signs of autism in your child, you can contact The Behavior Exchange to request a comprehensive evaluation with one of our highly trained ABA therapists. Our ABA center in Plano and Frisco only uses evidence-based techniques that you can trust to effect positive change in your child. Get in touch today at 972.312.8733. 

  • Ideas for Introducing New Games to Your Child

    All children love to play and have fun. However, children with autism are often resistant to new things because of the change in routine. Some kids with autism may need some extra help to learn how to engage in appropriate play behaviors. If your child is having trouble with social skills and play behaviors, it’s time to talk to an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy provider. You can also try the following strategies. 

    Keep a positive attitude. 

    Presentation means a lot to kids. If parents present the idea that broccoli is a delicious food that everyone loves to eat, kids are more likely to give it a try. The same applies to other things, like new games. Be enthusiastic when you discuss the new game with your child. If you played the game when you were a child, you might talk about how much you enjoyed it and how thrilled you are to play it with your child. 

    Honor your child’s wishes. 

    It’s common for children to reject something the first time they encounter it. Keep your positive attitude even if your child doesn’t want to play with the game at first. Just set the game aside without making a big fuss about it, and instead, do the activity that your child wants to do. Later, you can introduce the new game again. 

    Choose a simple game. 

    It’s a good idea to have a chat with your child’s ABA therapist before selecting a new game to introduce to your child. Some games may be too complex for children to play if they require multi-stage directions or complicated rules. Start with simple games before gradually moving on to more complex ones. 

    The ABA therapists at The Behavior Exchange firmly believe that all children deserve to lead happy, productive lives despite the challenges of autism and other developmental disorders. Get your child the help he or she needs with our social skills group and one-on-one ABA therapy sessions. You can contact our ABA center in Plano and Frisco at 972.​312.​8733 to request more information