• Tips for Preventing Wandering to Keep Your Child Safe

    As parents of children with autism spectrum disorders well know, kids with ASD often have a tendency to wander. This is extremely stressful for families because it’s so dangerous for their children. If this is a problem for your family, it’s important to develop a multifaceted plan to prevent wandering.   First, make sure your home is secure. Deadbolts that […]

  • How to Keep Your Child Safe In and Around Water

    Water safety is important for every child, but for children with autism spectrum disorders, it’s imperative. Many individuals with ASD are drawn to water and that, combined with a tendency to wander, can be a tragic combination. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of death for people with ASD who tend to wander. How can […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • What can parents do to support healthy friendships for their children?

    All children deserve to experience the joy of friendship. However, some children have more trouble than others making and keeping friends. In particular, kids with autism may be unsure of how to communicate and interact with their peers. If your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or another developmental difference, one of the most […]

  • Tips for using visual schedules

    Many individuals with autism have trouble handling unstructured periods of time. The use of a visual schedule can minimize anxiety and encourage smooth transitions between activities. With consistent use, a visual schedule may help children with autism increase their independence, reduce inappropriate behaviors, and transfer skills to a variety of settings.    Understanding visual schedules  A visual schedule is […]

  • Encouraging Healthy Snacking in Children with ASD

    For children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, snack time can be a challenge. Oftentimes, children with ASD have sensory aversions that cause them to avoid foods with certain textures, odors, or flavors. Certain disorders, such as food intolerances and gastro-esophageal reflux disease, also tend to be more common among children with ASD. You should see a physician if you are concerned that your […]

  • What Should Kids Know Before Entering Kindergarten?

    Entering kindergarten is a major milestone in every child’s life. But before your little one heads off to school, you’ll need to make sure he or she is well prepared for it. Kindergarten readiness is one of the reasons why early intervention is so important for children with autism. A behavior analyst can help your child learn […]

  • Helping Your Child Accept the Word “No”

    One of the hardest jobs a parent will face is teaching a child to accept the word “no.” If your child has autism, it’s a good idea to speak with his or her behavior analyst about this issue. You may learn, for example, that you have been inadvertently reinforcing negative behavior. This often includes giving […]

  • 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 […]