• Creating a Language-Rich Environment for Toddlers

    Long before children are able to read fluently by themselves, they need constant exposure to language. It’s a major reason why parents are advised to frequently talk to their infants right from birth onward. A language-rich environment supports early literacy skills in all children, whether or not they have autism and require early intervention services. There are plenty of ways that […]

  • Using ABA to Encourage Your Child to Mand

    One important aspect of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is teaching children with autism to mand. “Mand” is just another word for a request. There are lots of little ways parents can incorporate ABA therapy into a child’s daily routine at home and in the community, and encouraging the child to mand is one of them.  Understanding the Importance […]

  • Learn About the Language Challenges that Children with Autism Face

    Is your child showing signs of autism? Children with autistic spectrum disorders face certain language challenges. Fortunately, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy can help children with autism develop and improve their language skills. Watch this video to learn more about the specific language challenges that children with autism often deal with. Dr. Joy Hirsch explains […]

  • 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 […]

  • Tips for Creating Learning Opportunities at Home

    Autism specialists can help parents restructure the home environment to create learning opportunities. For example, many children with autism have trouble using speech to make requests. An autism expert might advise a parent to place certain objects, such as preferred snacks, within view of the child, yet out of reach. This may encourage the child […]