• 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 how different areas of the brain operate to produce language processes. Scientists have come up with some different hypotheses as to how the brain’s processes can affect the language abilities of children with autism.

    Is your child showing early signs of autism in Plano? The Behavior Exchange specializes in working with children with autism and helping them develop their language and social skills to improve their quality of life. Call (888) 716-8084 today to set up a consultation with the Behavior Exchange.

  • See How a Service Dog Is Changing Life for One Child with Autism

    There are many different types of therapy that can benefit children with autism, and one that this video highlights is animal therapy with the help of a service dog. In the video, you will meet one child with autism who was almost completely non-verbal and frequently had outbursts at home. After learning that service dogs can help children with autism, the child’s family chose to bring in a new four legged member of the family who has transformed the child’s life in a number of positive ways.

    If you have a child with autism struggling to fit in at school due to communication and social difficulties, call The Behavior Exchange in Plano at (888) 716-8084. We provide a wide range of services with applied behavior analysis, parent training, and speech therapy to help children with autism thrive in the school environment and beyond.

  • 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 with autism in and out of a car seat. An ABA therapist may recommend taking the car seat out of the vehicle, bringing it indoors, and practicing each step of getting in and out of it. Children who are averse to the straps may build up tolerance gradually, such as by first learning to tolerate a piece of cloth over the shoulder.

    You can hear more helpful tips by watching this interaction between an autism specialist and a mother who has a child with autism. They discuss the common challenges related to car travel and brainstorm some solutions that may help your family.

    To consult an ABA therapist near Plano about your travel-related difficulties, call The Behavior Exchange at (888) 716-8084. Our autism treatment center works collaboratively with families to teach them how to implement consistent interventions for behavior disorders.

  • 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 the support they need by focusing on abilities, rather than deficits.

    By watching the video, you will meet Nicholas, a 17-year-old boy with autism. He was diagnosed with autism at a very young age. Although he has limitations, Nicholas is continually adding to his repertoire of skills. He landed a job at a local restaurant, and with lots of practice and patience, he’s learning to be a chef.

    Children who are displaying signs of autism can find the extra attention they need at The Behavior Exchange . To schedule a consultation for ABA therapy in Plano, call us at (888) 716-8084.

  • 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 of life.

    You can learn more about living with autism by watching this video. You’ll meet Dan, who was diagnosed with autism early in life. Now an adult, Dan has a cleaning job in a cafeteria. You’ll also meet Dan’s mother Caryn and one of Dan’s lifelong friends, who now works to promote autism awareness at Autism Speaks.

    The Behavior Exchange is an ABA therapy center in Plano that is committed to providing comprehensive support and training for children with autism and their families. If you believe your child has displayed some of the signs of autism, you can get in touch with our team by calling (888) 716-8084.

  • 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 impairment that children experience still vary widely.

    This expert explains that some children with autism may be entirely nonverbal and display restricted behavior patterns while other children with autism may experience mild speech and language limitations.

    Children who have displayed some of the signs of autism can find the help they need at The Behavior Exchange located in Plano. Parents throughout the DFW area can call (888) 716-8084 to inquire about our family centered services .

  • The Early Signs of Autism

    In children with autism, early intervention is integral to the development of essential skills in language, personal care, and learning. This video explores the early signs of autism that can help facilitate an early diagnosis and intervention at a young age.

    If you note symptoms such as reluctance to communicate, slow language development, or unresponsiveness, it is important to bring these behaviors to the attention of your pediatrician. After ruling out other possible conditions such as hearing disorders, your child’s doctor may recommend behavioral therapy to get your child on the right developmental track early on in life.

    At The Behavior Exchange , you can find programs for children from preschool age through late adolescence with the proven methodologies of Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. To learn more about our program and teaching techniques, visit our website or call us at (888) 716-8084.

  • New Research in the Early Detection of Autism

    Children with autism are not typically diagnosed with the disorder until their second birthday or later. This is because the challenges associated with autism may not be recognizable right away. However, a new study could pave the way for the detection of autism in children as young as six months of age, allowing for early intervention therapies and better results.

    Watch this video to hear about this promising new research. This news clip explains a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry , which examined the MRI brain scans of children considered to be at a high risk of autism because of their family history. The study found that the children who were later diagnosed with autism displayed significant differences in brain circuitry.

    Researchers agree that early intervention therapy, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, offers the best possible outcome for children. Learn more about ABA therapy at The Behavior Exchange of Plano by calling (972) 312-8733.

    Written By Tammy Cline-Soza, MS, BCBA