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      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Coping Strategies: Find What Works Best For Your Child with Autism

      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 they? How do we find the best ones for our children? How do each of them work? I had the chance to interview an occupational therapist, Gabrielle Mele-Algus (OT, OTR, MS) who offers her insight about types of coping strategies, zones of regulation, and finding the best fit for your child’s sensory needs.

      Updated on 8/8/20 1:44 PM

      Updated by Danielle Fowler on 8/8/20 1:44 PM

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      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) And How Can It Help My Child With Autism?

      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 autism. The practice of ABA mainly focuses on the principles of behavior, and uses such to create an environment filled with consistency, predictability, and sensory intervention. I had the opportunity to sit down with Eleanor Brown and Jaime Povinelli, both Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) in Boston, Massachusetts. They enlightened me about ABA specifics, how they determine what level of ABA support is necessary, where ABA is found, as well as what needs to happen to increase access to ABA services.

      Updated on 8/8/20 10:11 AM

      Updated by Danielle Fowler on 8/8/20 10:11 AM

      Autism Technology

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      Autism and Physical Spaces

      COVID-19 Emergency Response

      10 Best Practices for Providing Teletherapy for Children with Autism

      How to Provide the Most Effective Teletherapy Possible for Children with Autism

      As schools around the world prepare for learning to continue in the fall, educators and service providers are wondering how to best tackle the possibility or reality of virtual learning for the foreseeable future. Many educators are concerned about the steep learning curve that comes with teletherapy and wonder how they might most effectively reach their students. For special education teachers and therapists for students with autism, teletherapy presents a unique challenge as many learning platforms are only geared towards typically developing students. 

      Updated on 7/26/20 1:35 PM

      Updated by Madeline Burroughs on 7/26/20 1:35 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

      Teaching with Pictures

      Inclusive Education

      Autism and Language

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      The Autism Home School Solution: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) A Comprehensive Curriculum for Children with Autism

      Do you homeschool your child with autism? Have you ever wanted to try homeschooling, but self-doubt or a lack of resources held you back? Through ARIS, Stages Learning Materials, which has over 20 years of experience in the field of autism, offers everything you need to engage in a comprehensive autism curriculum at home with your child. Download two free lessons on Drawing Shapes and Departures and see if ARIS can support your child’s needs. With ARIS, your child can access award-winning materials and comprehensive, research-based curriculums right in the ease of your own home. Here are just a few reasons to consider purchasing Stages Learning Materials’ Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) today:

      Updated on 3/22/20 9:54 AM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 3/22/20 9:54 AM

      Health & Nutrition

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      Acupuncture and Autism

      Acupuncture treatment may help your child’s autism symptoms. Acupuncture is a treatment where needles are inserted into the skin to target certain nerve or pressure points. Research has shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment for children with ASD in areas of verbal communication, social skills, behavioral concerns, food sensitivity, and noise sensitivity.

      Updated on 10/21/19 10:18 AM

      Updated by Chloe Fay on 10/21/19 10:18 AM

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      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 3:55 PM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 5/5/18 3:55 PM

      Autism & Transitions

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      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      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 7:27 PM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 3/15/18 7:27 PM

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      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 8:31 PM

      Updated by Arianna Riccio on 2/23/18 8:31 PM

      Early Childhood Education

      Autism Treatment Options

      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      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 8:00 AM

      Updated by Lauren Panzano on 2/19/18 8:00 AM

      About Autism

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      Advice for Parents and Caregivers

      Can Horseback Riding Help Children with Autism?

      The Benefits of Equine Therapy 

      What is Equine Therapy?

      Updated on 9/5/17 7:41 PM

      Updated by Sophia Chung on 9/5/17 7:41 PM

      Inclusive Education

      Autism Treatment Options

      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 8:04 PM

      Updated by Rosemarie Griffin CCC/SLP BCBA COBA on 3/17/17 8:04 PM

      Autism Treatment Options

      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 3:28 PM

      Updated by Ilana Danneman on 8/30/15 3:28 PM

      Autism Treatment Options

      A Closer Look: Pivotal Response Training (PRT)


      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 11:21 AM

      Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 7/30/15 11:21 AM

      Autism Treatment Options

      A Closer Look: Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)


      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 7:41 AM

      Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 7/30/15 7:41 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 3:01 PM

      Updated by Leslie Stebbins, M.Ed. M.L.I.S. on 7/29/15 3:01 PM

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