• Learn How Kids with ASD are Using Virtual Reality to Communicate

    For children with autism spectrum disorders, both verbal and non-verbal communication can be a challenge. Therapists, counselors, teachers, and parents continually strive to help children with ASD better connect with others, and to understand what living with ASD is like. One tool that’s helping people reach these goals is virtual reality. In fact, some experts believe that virtual reality is […]

  • How to Embrace ABA Techniques at Home

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based autism treatment. You can support your child’s progress by using ABA techniques at home. Talk to your child’s ABA therapist about what to do. One example is to create situations that require your child to mand, or request items. Place a bowl of soup on the table for […]

  • Autism Rates Are Increasing. Do You Know the Signs?

    Autism rates have been on an upward trend in recent years, as evidenced by the periodic reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that more children are developing autism, but rather that parents, teachers, and caregivers are getting better at recognizing the symptoms of autism. This is a […]

  • How Do ABA Therapists Set Goals?

    ABA therapy is an evidence-based method of replacing undesirable behaviors with desired behaviors. An important part of developing an autism treatment plan is goal-setting. First, the ABA therapist conducts a thorough assessment of the child’s strengths and deficits. This assessment is used to determine which specific skills the child needs to learn. In light of […]

  • Royals Sign First Baseball Player Diagnosed with Autism

    With early intervention and intensive ABA therapy, children with autism can grow up to become capable and productive members of society. Tarik El-Abour is one inspirational example of the way in which people with autism can reach for the stars. As a child, Tarik displayed early symptoms of autism. He was diagnosed at age three. […]

  • Preparing for Your Child’s Happy and Secure Future

    Parents of children with autism have a lot on their minds. There’s the day-to-day routine of getting the child to ABA therapy sessions, dealing with behavioral issues, and ensuring compliance with the child’s IEP. But in addition to those daily challenges is one major, overriding concern: What will happen to the child when the parents […]

  • What to Do If Your Child Experiences Bullying at School

    Finding out that your child is being bullied is never pleasant, but it can be especially stressful for parents of children who have autism . Unfortunately, studies have shown that children with autism are more likely to experience bullying from their peers than other children are. These are some steps you can take if you […]

  • Is Your Child Ready to Host a Playdate?

    Learning social skills is a natural part of a child’s development, and children with autism are no exception. If your child has autism or another developmental delay, it can take some time before you schedule his or her first playdate. Here are some of the signs that your child is ready for some playtime with […]

  • Helping Your Child Deal with Schedule Changes

    Adjusting to even small changes in schedule can be difficult for a child with autism. Changes in routine may encompass anything from going to the dentist for the first time to eating lunch at a slightly different time of day. You can help your child adjust by trying to make the change familiar ahead of […]

  • When to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor about Autism Symptoms

    If you have noticed potential symptoms of autism in your child, it can be difficult to know when you should speak to your physician about it. It’s best to rely on your instincts as a parent and to call your doctor if you sense any developmental delays in your child. You should also act quickly […]