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Advice for Parents and Caregivers

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Parent Strategies to Help Children with Autism Cope with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

In this article, we explore Sensory Processing Disorder (also called sensory integration or sensory sensitivity), and how these issues can be alleviated and treated, and strategies parents and caregivers can use at home and school to help ease day to day life.  Stages Learning Materials provides a comprehensive collection of products that alleviate sensory challenges.

Updated on 5/5/18 6:55 PM

Updated by Lauren Panzano on 5/5/18 6:55 PM

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism Treatment Options

Autism & Transitions

How to Prepare For Your IEP Meeting - For Parents of Children with Autism

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are defined as written plans outlining a program designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Walking into an IEP meeting prepared will help you and the school design the best plan for your child. Children with autism have distinctive needs, and in your role as an advocate for your child you can help school personnel understand what accommodations will be most successful in supporting your child’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Updated on 3/15/18 10:27 PM

Updated by Lauren Panzano on 3/15/18 10:27 PM

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Autism Treatment Options

Five Principles of Positive Psychology to Transform Your Parenting with Your Child with Autism

Positive Psychology is a novel and accessible science that focuses on cultivating well-being, positivity, and happiness in the lives of individuals and families. Positive Psychology can help transform the way you parent your child with autism. Change can be created by investing in practices as habits, creating what Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a Harvard-trained leader in the field, calls “rituals,” a commitment to incorporating the practices into your life on a regular basis to drive true change. The following five principles from Positive Psychology are a few ways that you as a parent can create rituals to transform your relationship with your child with autism:

Updated on 2/23/18 11:31 PM

Updated by Arianna Riccio on 2/23/18 11:31 PM

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

Early Childhood Education

Autism Treatment Options

Music Therapy for Children with Autism

Choosing the Best Program for Your Child

Benefits Overview

Music has been an enriching and meaningful way for people to engage with each other throughout time, and music can provide powerful, multi-sensory experiences for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is especially helpful for children still developing verbal skills, as it provides an entirely different way for children to express themselves. It can provide opportunities for children to relate to others, experience new forms of relaxation to ease tension and anxiety, and promote self-expression. Whether through music education programs or specialized music therapy, engaging in singing or playing a musical instrument can help children explore an entirely new side of themselves and the world around them.

Updated on 2/19/18 11:00 AM

Updated by Lauren Panzano on 2/19/18 11:00 AM

Advice for Parents and Caregivers

About Autism

Autism Treatment Options

Can Horseback Riding Help Children with Autism?

The Benefits of Equine Therapy 

What is Equine Therapy?

Updated on 9/5/17 10:41 PM

Updated by Sophia Chung on 9/5/17 10:41 PM

Autism Treatment Options

Inclusive Education

It Takes a Team: 4 Steps to Building a Stronger Therapy Team

For students on the Autism spectrum, having a strong and reliable therapy team to support individual needs can be an important factor in student success. When members of a therapy team are collaborating seamlessly, a student is more likely to have high quality support across all areas of development (communication, social, cognitive, play, motor, and adaptive skills).

Updated on 3/17/17 11:04 PM

Updated by Rosemarie Griffin CCC/SLP BCBA COBA on 3/17/17 11:04 PM

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Using Sensory Tools to Help Kids Focus and Concentrate

Using sensory tools in your practice can provide a more focused, content and alert individual. Whether you are a specialist using ABA, speech and language techniques, occupational therapy interventions or teaching lessons, keeping the sensory needs of your children in mind while using your specific therapy or teaching approach can make the difference between a calm, organized individual and one who is overwhelmed and over stimulated. What often is referred to as a sensory diet, can be implemented by simply keeping a few sensory strategies and tools at your fingertips. Lets take a look at a few elements that can help you apply sensory intervention while working with children with autism, ADHD, special needs or sensory integration dysfunction.

Updated on 8/30/15 6:28 PM

Updated by Ilana Danneman on 8/30/15 6:28 PM

Autism Treatment Options

A Closer Look: Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Overview

Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a variation of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) type therapy. It focuses on more comprehensive “pivotal” areas such as increasing a child’s motivation to learn, initiate communication, and monitor their own behaviors. This focus on motivation is crucial: a child who is motivated to change their behavior will experience more success. By focusing on critical over-arching areas, the effects of treatment can carry over into many aspects of a child’s behavior and skills including social, communicative, and academic.

Updated on 7/30/15 2:21 PM

Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 7/30/15 2:21 PM

Autism Treatment Options

A Closer Look: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)

Overview

EIBI is a type of Applied Behavioral Analysis focused on children under five years of age. New research has shown that while intensive behavioral interventions work well with all children, children starting before the age of two were likely to make the most significant gains. For EIBI to be successful children are provided with 20 to 40 hours of one-on-one therapy and families are also incorporated into the process so that young children get as much exposure as possible.

Updated on 7/30/15 10:41 AM

Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 7/30/15 10:41 AM

Autism Treatment Options

Effective Treatment for Autism: It’s Never Too Early to Start

 

There are many promising treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Decades of research and a recent synthesis of 6 major research reviews indicate that the therapies listed below are all based on solid research.

Updated on 7/29/15 6:01 PM

Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 7/29/15 6:01 PM

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