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    Applied Behavior Analysis has gone through many innovations since it was developed for autism treatment in 1965. In particular, ABA is evolving to be more client-led, fun, socially significant, and compassionate. 
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    ABA Is Evolving, Are You?

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    Topics: Current News and Research, ABA Therapists & Special Education Professionals

    Setback. Failure. Mishap. 
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    Celebrating the Failures (and Successes) on the Autism Journey

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Letters from the CEO

    When developing a child’s IEP, the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is one of several components that must be determined regarding placement. LRE has been a part of federal special education law since 1975 and has..
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    Supporting Students in the Least Restrictive Environment

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism Treatment Options, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Recognition of Stages Learning Materials Contributions & Excellence

    And a Special Shout-Out to Five Autism Dad Heroes!  In researching material for this Father’s Day article to appreciate autism dads, one thing was clear: fathers don’t get nearly as much credit as they deserve when it..
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    Happy Father's Day to All Awesome Autism Dads

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    Topics: Parents, Autism in the Media

    Language Builder ARIS Complete Autism Curriculum

    Autism can impact the safety of both autistic children and the adults caring for them. Learning to be proactive in keeping children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) safe is no small feat. Here’s how I know…
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    Safety First! 8 Ways to Keep Children on the Autism Spectrum Safe

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Imagine a party with music that’s just too loud–or a concert that keeps shining the same bright spotlight directly into your eyes. What if you felt trapped inside an overcrowded venue with people you don’t know..
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    Planning a Celebration for Your Child with Autism

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    My journey to the stage (and, lately, behind the camera) was a long one. 
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    Autism & Drama Therapy: A View From The Spectrum

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism & Emotions, First Person Autism, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Some children with autism may find it very difficult to control their emotions when they don’t win in a game, quiz, or raffle, or when they don’t get the highest score in their class. This can lead to emotional..
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    Teaching Autistic Children About Winning And Losing

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3)

    8 Reasons to Consider Distance Learning And 8 Great College Choices for Those on the Spectrum  
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    Benefits of Online College for Students with Autism

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    Topics: Autism Technology, Autism & Transitions, Autism & Career Options, Young Adult (18-21)

    While establishing goals for personal hygiene, healthy habits, and effective self-care skills is important for everyone, individuals on the autism spectrum may need additional support when developing these competencies...
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    How to Teach Students with Autism Healthy Habits, Life Skills, and Self-Care

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    Topics: Health & Nutrition, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21)

    Think about time.  Does every task take longer if you’re on the autism spectrum, or have a child on the spectrum?  Does your family have special rules regarding when and how things get done, based on how one particular..
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    The Persistence of Time: Managing Time on the Spectrum

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    Topics: About Autism, Autism & Transitions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Adapting Activities for Your Autistic Child: Silent Disco Anyone?  
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    May is Physical Fitness Month!

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    3 Strategies and 5 Great Apps for Destressing and walking down the long road to “normal”   The COVID-19 pandemic created a worldwide crisis that has left behind lasting effects on the emotional health of the population...
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    The Effects of COVID-19 on Parents of Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

    How to deal with aggressive behavior remains one of the main and most urgent questions teachers and caregivers of autistic children ask, and aggression is also among the most common challenges conveyed by parents and..
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    Autism and Aggression: A Four-Step Approach

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards leads the way in professional training and continuing education for autism Continuing education and professional training are two crucial..
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    What is the IBCCES?

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    Topics: Autism & Career Options, Reference, ABA Therapists & Special Education Professionals

    Outdoor learning can be a powerful and valuable aspect of the educational experience for all children–and especially those with autism. Given adequate opportunities to explore, develop an imagination, acquire fine motor..
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    Top Ten Outdoor Learning Strategies for Students with Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Happy Mother’s Day! A tribute to all mothers, but especially the autism mothers Most every mom looks forward to that one day of the year when they may get to sleep in, eat breakfast in bed, receive lovely cards and..
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    A Mother's Day Tribute to Autism Moms

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    6 Ways to Prepare Your Autistic Child for a Successful Vacation Summer can be a fun time to plan vacations, but – for many on the autism spectrum – new environments, different locations, and sensory sensitivities can..
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    Start Planning Your Summer Vacation Today!

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    ...and a Quick Guide to Crowdfunding! Due to district funding problems, the pandemic, and rising student needs, teachers are often forced to fund their own classroom materials. According to the Education Week Research..
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    10 Easy Grants for Teachers for their Autism Classrooms

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    First words are a milestone that many parents eagerly wait for their young child to achieve. For most children, the first word is spoken around 11-13 months of age. However for some children, especially those children..
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    Where Do I Start With my Nonverbal Autistic Child?

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism Treatment Options, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Every parent thinks negatively from time to time, but the negative and often fear-filled thoughts parents of autistic children struggle with can be off the charts because they are so different from the typical worries..
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    Conquering Negative Thoughts When Parenting Autistic Children

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    Topics: First Person Autism, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

    Receiving a diagnosis of any kind is difficult for parents, and an autism diagnosis can be particularly frightening. The uncertainty about how to best support your child, and the confusion that can follow conflicting..
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    Parents and the Autism Diagnosis: How to Accept Your Autistic Child

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    Topics: First Person Autism, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

    When our autistic children grow up and enter the preteen and teen years, their needs change. They will require a new approach and different interventions to help them thrive. What may have worked for them when they were..
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    What Autistic Teenagers Need to Thrive

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21)

    Using teletherapy to assess and/or diagnose autism is becoming increasingly common.  In recent years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adjusted our way of life to what we now refer to as the “new normal.” Many..
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    The Pros and Cons of Using Teletherapy for Autism Evaluations and Diagnoses

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    Topics: About Autism, Autism Technology, Autism Treatment Options, Parents

    These days, not a day goes by without a refugee crisis in the headlines. From the fall of the Afghan government, to the war in Ukraine to the protracted conflict in Syria, the number of refugees is growing every day...
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    A Special Request: Help Us Support Refugee Families who Have Children with Autism

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    Topics: Global Autism Awareness, Current News and Research, Parents

    April 2 is the start of the internationally recognized World Autism Awareness Month. In recent years, many have advocated, and some changed the name to World Autism Acceptance Month, citing that awareness is simply not..
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    World Autism Acceptance Month: From Autism Awareness to Autism Action

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    Topics: Global Autism Awareness, Parents, Autism in the Media

    Happy Pi Day! (March 14th) Many children with autism have special skills, talents, and abilities… memorization, art and music, computer capabilities, athletics, and more! Math skills are one area where children with..
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    Celebrating Pi Day: Is There a Special Connection Between Math Skills and Autism?

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    Topics: About Autism, Parents

    And How Do You Teach an Autistic Child to Develop this Crucial Skill? Most of us have a theory of mind in that we can guess what others are thinking and how that might differ from what we are thinking. [However, many]..
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    What is Theory of Mind?

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    With new technologies, ways to communicate or share information have become instant, workloads have increased while deadlines have shrunk and expectations for students continue to rise. With the recent introduction of..
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    Five Great Ways to Improve Parent Teacher Communication to Support Children with Autism

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Data Sheets

    Because autism occurs on a spectrum, it affects each individual differently. The DSM-5 categorizes autism into three levels covering the areas of repetitive behaviors and social communication.1 Each of the three levels..
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    What are the Three Levels of Autism?

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    Topics: About Autism, Autism Treatment Options, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Many children with autism develop special interests and become so entranced with them that they spend much of their time talking about them with great enthusiasm. Initially, it can be astounding to hear an autistic..
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    How To Help a Talkative Autistic Child to Talk Less and Listen More

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Research Based Practices for Using Scripted Stories for Learning with 6 Sample Stories
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    Using Scripted Stories to Teach Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Teaching with Pictures, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Elementary (4-12)

    Autism in Girls Can Look Different than in Boys: Support for Girls Sometimes Needs to Look Different Too Check out our free handout on this topic, Specific Support Strategies for Girls with Autism.
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    Recognizing Signs of Autism in Girls

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    Topics: About Autism, Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Teaching Language and Communication to Autistic Children This is the second part of a two-part series. Start with part 1!
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    Always Presume Competence (Part 2)

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism & Emotions, Parents

    Teaching Language and Communication to Autistic Children Teaching language and communication to autistic children who are non-verbal, can be extremely challenging. When it appears that all our efforts to teach them to..
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    Always Presume Competence (Part 1)

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism & Emotions, Parents

    A full inclusion classroom is not just an educational model that includes all students (combining those with and without IEPs) integrated into a general education classroom. With any full inclusion classroom, comes..
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    Six Co-Teaching Models that Really Work in Inclusion Classrooms

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    What it is and Why It’s Important for Students with Autism Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is really about implementing a new kind of school wide culture. Positive behavior strategies and social..
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    Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for Autism

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism Treatment Options, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    One teacher who works with autistic students reports on the great benefits and challenges of full Inclusion classrooms for students with autism and other different abilities.  
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    What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching in a Full Inclusion Classroom

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Download our free Social Narrative: Getting and Giving Valentines
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    Valentine’s Day and Autism: Six Ways to Help Your Child Prepare for and Enjoy the Holiday

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Building Awareness and Theory of Mind Brene Brown’s illuminating 2015 book, Rising Strong, showed how part of life is handling unexpected situations and dealing with expectations, failures or disappointments—and finding..
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    Applying Brene Brown’s Rising Strong to Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism & Emotions, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Time management is an important concept to consider when supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. Because time management and executive functioning skills (e.g., emotional regulation, impulse control,..
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    Top Strategies for Supporting Time Management for those with Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism & Transitions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Let’s talk about the family Madrigal from Disney’s Encanto to see what we can learn as parents and families with both neurotypicals and members with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I’ll try to be as spoiler-free as..
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    What Disney’s Encanto Teaches us about Families, Autism and Managing Expectations

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    Topics: Global Autism Awareness, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Autism in the Media

    Building Social Skills and Maintaining Relationships (This article is part 2 of a 2-part series. Check out part 1 on helping young people with autism build a career and develop independent living skills!) While emphasis..
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    Autism and the Transition to Adulthood (Part 2)

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism & Transitions, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

      What Is a Job Coach?  A job coach can provide guidance and initial support for your child when they begin to reach that transitional age and think about getting a job. Entering the workforce can be an intimidating yet..
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    A Former Job Coach Shares Her Experience Working with Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Articles

    Without a doubt, raising an autistic child can be extremely stressful and challenging. Learning to embrace a more optimistic mindset, focusing on the strengths and abilities of your autistic child while also pursuing..
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    The Power of Optimism When Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Articles

    Helping Young People with Autism Build a Career and Develop Independent Living Skills (This article is part 1 of a 2-part series. Check out part 2 on building social skills and maintaining relationships!) As young..
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    Autism and the Transition to Adulthood (Part 1)

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Autism & Career Options, Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Photo credit: Amazon On Friday, January 21, 2022, Amazon Prime Video will premiere a new show called “As We See It” starring three autistic cast members. The show follows three roommates in their early twenties, Jack..
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    Brilliant New Amazon Show "As We See It" Features Autistic Cast and Crew

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Global Autism Awareness, Current News and Research, Teen (13-17), Articles, Autism News, Autism in the Media

    As a grandparent and full-time caregiver of a teenager on the autism spectrum, setting personal goals for the New Year isn’t something at the top of my to-do list anymore. In years past, I used to make resolutions that..
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    Setting Meaningful and Achievable New Year's Goals for Autism Parents and Caregivers

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents, Articles

    Life is filled with routines. When you’re a student, you have years of repetition in a school setting to learn where to go when you arrive, how to get your lunch, transitioning in the hallways and dressing out for gym...
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    Using Task Analysis to Develop Independent Living Skills

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    Topics: Autism and Physical Spaces, Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    As BCBAs we need to include three must-have areas in our family collaboration models, to make real progress in therapy. 
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    Three Must-Haves for BCBAs to Create Effective Family Collaboration

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Autism Treatment Options, Parents

    Verbal operants are foundational in the development of language and communication skills. Children with autism vary a great deal in their ability to use different verbal operants. Learning skills within one verbal..
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    Using Verbal Operants to Encourage Language Development in Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Therapy can be an expensive journey to helping your loved one with Autism succeed and grow. BCBAs need to dive into practical strategies now more than ever to help their clients and families access ABA services..
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    Practical Strategies for BCBAs to Make ABA Financially Accessible to Families

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    Topics: Autism Treatment Options, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Parents

    Many on the autism spectrum struggle with developing appropriate perspective-taking, self-awareness, and self-monitoring skills. They may also have difficulty modifying false beliefs about themselves and others. As a..
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    Top 3 Strategies for Improving Social Interactions for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Autism and Language, Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cooking and baking can be a creative and joyous pastime.  Many children are often eager to help their parents prepare meals, but some may not be ready to prepare complex..
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    3 Visual Recipes For The Aspiring Chef: Visual Recipes are a Great Way to Teach Cooking and Baking to Your Child with Autism

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Health & Nutrition, Elementary (4-12)

    Language delays in children can occur for many reasons including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, or autism. If a child has a language delay ruling out hearing loss is an important first step, because if there..
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    Language Delays: How to Rule Out Hearing Loss for Children with Autism

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    Topics: About Autism, Health & Nutrition, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Assessing Fine and Gross Motor Skills Can Provide the Answer Motor skills are essential for children to explore, interact and learn from their environment in order to develop cognitive and language skills. Because motor..
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    Does my Child with Autism Need Occupational Therapy?

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Autism Treatment Options, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    A Special Ed Teacher and New Stages Learning Staffer Takes a Peek Under the Hood of our new ARIS Early Autism Curriculum I’m not a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), but I know “just enough to be dangerous.”
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    The ARIS Lessons: An Insider Look

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    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Teaching with Pictures, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Product Reviews, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    A Letter from the CEO: 1 in 44 Children are Now Being Diagnosed with Autism So Why is this Good News?
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    Pushing the Envelope: Autism Rates are Increasing

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    Topics: About Autism, Current News and Research, Pushing the Envelope: Letters from Our CEO, Parents

    The Top Two Interventions for Improving Developmentally-Beneficial Play in Children on the Spectrum While group play is an important component of child development, those on the autism spectrum may not develop social..
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    Integrated Play Groups and FloorTime

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Exploring the Positive Side of Autism and Building on these Strengths to Help Your Child Thrive Let’s step into the shoes of a parent who has been informed her child is diagnosed with autism. All kinds of thoughts would..
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    Greta Thunberg and her Superpower

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    Topics: Global Autism Awareness, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Parents of a non-verbal child on the autism spectrum miss out on many activities that parents with neurotypical kids take for granted.
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    How One Mom, One Dad and One Non-Verbal Child with Autism All Connected by Publishing a Book

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, First Person Autism, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Autism in the Media

    Without a doubt, play is an essential foundation for a child’s development, especially throughout the early elementary years. Engaging in fun, enjoyable, and imaginary play is often a natural part of life for..
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    Supporting Play in Early Childhood: Specific Strategies for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Autism Treatment Options, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Four Key Strategies to Support Children with Autism: Introduce Imitation, Use New Technologies, Create Soothing Classroom Design, and Scaffold Learning  
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    How Can I Support Students with Autism in my Classroom?

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    Topics: Inclusive Education, Autism Technology, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17)

    Understanding the differences between receptive and expressive language can be a difficult task.  These words are often used interchangeably, which can be confusing to the learners.  More importantly, teaching language..
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    Understanding the Differences Between Receptive and Expressive Languages: Teaching Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Autism and Language, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    It is estimated that 80% of children with autism also have sensory issues, if not Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), as a comorbid condition. However, many parents, caregivers, and educators are not aware of the..
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    How to Help ASD Students who have SENSORY Processing Disorder

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Learning social media skills and dating etiquette can be especially challenging for young adults with autism. This article provides tools for helping to learn new digital social skills for those with ASD.
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    Teaching Tools for Making Friends and Developing Online Relationships for People with ASD

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    Using Task Analyses and Imitation Strategies
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    Fun in the Kitchen! Teaching Developmentally Appropriate Cooking Processes for Learners with Autism

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    Topics: Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Aprender habilidades en las redes sociales y la etiqueta de citas puede ser desafiante especialmente para los jóvenes adultos con autismo. Este artículo proporciona herramientas para ayudar a aprender nuevas habilidades..
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    Herramientas de enseñanza para hacer amigos y desarrollar amistades en línea para personas con TEA

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-21), Adult (22+)

    The end-of-the-year holidays are supposed to be happy occasions, filled with joyful traditions such as family gatherings, elaborately home-cooked meals, the exchanging of gifts, parties, fireworks, and other festive..
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    11 Ways to Prepare for Happy Holidays with a Child on the Autism Spectrum

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    Topics: Autism & Emotions, Autism & Transitions, Advice for Parents and Caregivers, Autism and Physical Spaces, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #197, Skip Counting. Download a free copy of the lesson and..
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    Five Songs to Teach Skip Counting for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #194, Receptive Time - Analog and Lesson #195, Expressive Time -..
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    20 Best Books for Teaching the Concept of Time to Children with Autism

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    Topics: Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #175, Receptive Numbers 11+. Download a free copy of the lesson..
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    How to Teach Zero for Children with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #165, Color Patterns, Lesson #166, Shape Patterns and Lesson..
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    Teaching Patterns to Students with Autism

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, ARIS Autism Curriculum, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12), Flash Cards

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #198, Matching Money, Lesson #199, Matching Individual Currency..
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    10 Best Books to Teach Students with Autism How to Use Money

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Elementary (4-12)

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #182, Adding Using Counter Objects. Download a free copy of the..
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    The 20 Best Addition Books for Students with Autism Using Counter Objects

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #183, Subtracting Using Counter Objects. Download a free copy of..
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    The 20 Best Books to Teach Subtraction to Autistic Children Using Counter Objects

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    Topics: Teaching with Pictures, Autism and Language, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Getting ready to go somewhere and transitioning once you arrive just might be the hardest part of the day for your child or student with autism, and in turn, for you. Fortunately, tools like task analysis (TA) can help..
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    Using Task Analysis for Arrival and Dismissal Routines

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    Topics: Autism & Transitions, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    Understanding the Role Echolalia Plays in Language Development for Autistic Children  
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    What is Echolalia?

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    What can parents, teachers, and therapists do to encourage a positive sense of self in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)?  What can we do to avoid the obstacles to healthy and positive identity..
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    Positive Identity Development in the Autistic Child

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    Household work, chores, are great for developing motor skills, motor planning, coordination, work ethic, responsibility, and well-being for children with autism. You might not be a big fan of household chores, but we..
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    Kid Friendly Household Chores For Developing Gross Motor Skills for Children with Autism

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    I am a BCBA and in my clinical practice, I work with children with autism and/or sensory needs on a daily basis. The Special Supplies Inflatable Compression Boat Lounger has been a must have item for me in both my in..
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    Product Review: Sensory Needs Therapy and Reading Lounger, Air Pump and Repair Kit

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    Children with autism can often benefit from physical therapy. What does working with a physical therapist entail? And how can I work collaboratively with a physical therapist to best help my child?
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    Physical Therapy and Autism: Questions and Answers

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    Teaching sight words to your child with autism is an important part of your child’s literacy development. Many children with autism experience delays in reading and writing. Oftentimes, children with autism are visual..
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    How to Teach Sight Reading to Children with Autism

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    Most parents are understandably anxious about the thought of their child eventually dating and becoming sexually active.  That anxiety may be even greater for the parents of a child with autism.  What’s a parent to do? ..
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    My Autistic Child is Thinking of Dating and --Gasp!-- Sex?!!

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    I have had these Cossy Kids Magnetic Building Tiles tiles for years and have seen first hand that these magnetic tiles are a huge hit with kids ranging in age from toddlers to late school aged. They love the hands on..
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    Product Review: Cossy Kids Magnetic Building Tiles

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    This article provides a plan to return our students and staff to school safely using evidence-based medical practices and accelerated learning approaches. The author is a former superintendent of the Brown Deer School..
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    Let’s Resolve to Get our Kids Back to School

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    Stages Learning Materials is hard at work building an online distance learning platform designed specifically to provide teletherapy to children with autism. Distance Learning, also called remote learning for autistic..
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    Teletherapy for Children with Autism: Research Based Best Practices

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    Gross Motor Skills 101 Ready, set, let’s go! Walk, run, jump, swim, climb. There are so many ways we can move our bodies. Gross motor skills are those skills that we need to move, skills which are designed to help us..
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    10 Gross Motor Skills For Your Child With Autism

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    What is ‘diagnosis’ anyway?  Why have a diagnosis? How do I know if my child’s diagnosis of autism is accurate?  Could it be something else?  Where do I go for answers?  These are some of the questions that parents,..
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    Devil or Angel?  The Process of Diagnosis for ASD Children

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    My Marriage is Floundering.  Help! Six Strategies for Strengthening Your Marriage for Parents of ASD Children* Often couples look towards parenthood with great joy and love.  Shockingly, that same bundle of joy can..
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    Six Strategies for Strengthening Your Marriage for Parents of ASD Children

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    Interested in connecting with people in the autism community?  Check out our list of influencers to follow on social media. Social Media  is a powerful tool in the way it allows us to connect with friends and family,..
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    Autism Influencers: Who to Follow

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    The Five Best Connected Fitness Activities for People with Autism
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    Connected Fitness: A Great Alternative to the Gym for Teens and Adults with Autism

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    Benefits, Best Practices, Home Equipment Choices, and the Top Online Exercise Videos and Gaming Resources for your Child with Autism Exercise for children with autism can have both physical and psychological benefits...
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    Keeping Fit at Home: Exercise and Children with Autism

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    Social camouflaging means hiding behavior that may be less socially acceptable and putting extra effort into appearing neurotypical: It has negative consequence in terms of recognizing and diagnosing girls with autism..
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    Social Camouflaging in Girls and Women with Autism

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    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #168, Recited Counting 1-10, Lesson #173, Receptive Numbers..
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    Best Games, Stories, Rhymes and Songs to Support Early Math Skills for Students with Autism

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    Arts and crafts projects can increase autism awareness and benefit your child with autism at the same time! Why do we need to increase autism awareness?
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    Arts and Crafts for Autism Awareness

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    Topics: Early Childhood Education, Teaching with Pictures, Infant/Toddler (0-3), Elementary (4-12)

    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #161, Expressive Phonics. Download a free copy of the lesson and..
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    How to Use a Whisper Phone to Teach Children with Autism to Read

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    Helping children with autism develop a growth mindset can foster greater learning, confidence and success in school  
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    10 Ways to Teach Your Child with Autism How to Have a Growth Mindset

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    How to Teach Your Child with Autism the Art of Caring and Kindness Teaching caring and kindness to children with autism is an important part of social-emotional development. Having empathy and kindness towards others..
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    Teaching Kindness: The Kindness Rock Project

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    For children with autism, using building blocks in play is a beneficial activity for their physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. Building with blocks is a favorite pastime for many young children...
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    The Benefits of Playing with Building Blocks for Children with Autism

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    10 Ways to Build Social Skills Using Online Gaming for Teenagers with Autism Online gaming has been shown to improve social skills in teenagers with autism.  It is estimated that more than 41% of adolescents with autism..
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    Autism, Gaming and Building Social Skills

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    A Letter from the CEO: Vote to Protect Special Education Never has there been a more important time to vote. In 2016 only 60% of eligible voters actually voted! That missing 40% of voters would have had a huge impact on..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Voting to Protect Special Education

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    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #68, Social Stories and Lesson #152, Tell Me a Story. Download a..
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    Social Narratives: Helping Children with Autism Understand Social Situations

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    In the digital age, there are many opportunities for online bullying to occur, especially for children with autism
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    Cyberbullying: What it is and How to Prevent it for Students with Autism

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    This step-by-step guide is focused on teaching new skills using ABA therapy for a child with autism Today we are going to discuss the basics of collecting data when teaching your child new skills. Data collection is a..
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    A Guide to Data Collection for Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) for Children with Autism

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    Letter from the CEO: Authentic Leadership Among my favorite books is Authentic Leadership by Bill George. The book opens with:
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    Pushing the Envelope: What Does Authentic Leadership Look Like?

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    Summer is near end and it’s almost time to head back to school! Gearing your child up for a normal school routine after summer fun is no easy feat; however, practice makes perfect! We know children with autism thrive..
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    7 Tips To Get Your Child Back Into The School Routine

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    There can be many benefits to having a service or therapy dog, such as an autism assistance dog, for children with autism. The following article provides information to help you decide if a dog is right for your child..
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    Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs for Children with Autism

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    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #158, Reading Sight Words in Simple Sentences and Lesson #159,..
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    20 Best Sight Word Books for Students with Autism

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    A growing community of inclusive exercise programs promises that fitness can be a source of fun, rather than one of frustration, for Children with Autism. By choosing activities that will have a greater likelihood of..
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    Finding Fun and Fitness: Exercise for Children and Young Adults with Autism

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    Self-stimulatory behaviors with autism What is stimming?
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    What is Stimming?

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    One mother’s tried and true recommendations for helping your child with autism get ready for an early wake up time once school starts. Are you dreading your "au-some" child's first week back to school because he or she..
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    From Sleeping in to Prepping for School: Strategies for Avoiding Wake-up Wars

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    Julia, the new character on Sesame Street can help all children better understand autism Sesame Street is a treasured TV show that has educated children worldwide for more than 50 years. It has brought characters like..
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    5 Ways Sesame Street’s Character, Julia, Teaches People About Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    Use zones of regulation and occupational therapy insight to find the best coping strategies for your child with autism The phrase “coping strategy” can be thrown around often in the autism (ASD) community. But what are..
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    Coping Strategies: Find What Works Best For Your Child with Autism

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    Two BCBAs explain ABA and how to determine the level of support needed to ensure success for each child with autism Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a common practice used with individuals with high functioning..
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    What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) And How Can It Help My Child With Autism?

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    What we know about ASD is largely based on research on boys with autism: New studies are telling us how different girls with autism are from their male counterparts The issue of gender bias is as antiquated as it is..
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    Girls and Autism: The Impact of Gender Bias in Research on Autism

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    A Letter from the CEO: Girls and Autism? We’ve wanted to do an article about girls and autism for some time now. There is so much to say: under-diagnosis, different presenting characteristics, treatment options… where..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Girls and Autism?

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    How to Provide the Most Effective Teletherapy Possible for Children with Autism For special education teachers and therapists for students with autism, teletherapy, also called E-therapy or remote learning for autism,..
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    10 Best Practices for Providing Teletherapy for Children with Autism

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    In K-12 education, there is no dispute that developing reading skills is fundamental. In fact, research suggests that early literacy instruction for students with and without disabilities is essential for future..
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    Tell Me a Story: How to Teach Narrative and Comprehension Strategies to Children with Autism

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    COVID-19 took the world by surprise leaving us all to adjust quickly and renavigate home, school, and work life. A top question on many families’ minds is how to explain the virus to our children with autism. The..
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    Eight Tips and Resources for Explaining COVID-19 to Children with Autism

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    A Letter from the CEO: Autistic Black Lives Matter Our hearts go out to the family and friends of George Floyd and to the many other people of color who have been subjected to the insidious racism that continues to..
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    Pushing the Envelope: Autistic Black Lives Matter

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    "I have assessed and treated a great number of families affected by ASD...What I can say is this: When parents can move through the emotion and identify...the strengths in their child and in themselves, they are then..
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    Professional Hope: One Mother’s Story of Gratitude for the Specialists that Support Parents of Children with Autism

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    These six tips will help you create a proactive environment in your home to foster task productivity and offer solutions to address undesired behaviors before they arise. By adopting a proactive approach, you are..
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    Six Proactive Solutions for Challenging Behaviors At Home: Advice from a Behavioral Counselor

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    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #98, Listing Members of a Set and Lesson #110, Receptive..
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    The 12 Best Picture Books for Teaching Nouns to Children with Autism

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    This resource was created as a supplement for the Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) complete early autism curriculum, Lesson #33, Expressive Labeling in Books. Download a free copy of the..
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    Teacher Tips: Using Expressive Labeling to Teach Children with Autism Language Skills

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