Autism and Eye Contact: Should You Be Teaching Eye Contact to Children with Autism?

Many children with autism spectrum disorder struggle with and have poor eye contact. Both parents and professionals often wonder if we should focus on teaching eye contact, and, if so, how to teach this important nonverbal skill. Today I'm going to get on my soapbox about autism and eye contact. <style>.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }</style> <div class="embed-container"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkgJyrVcd3ZISX6_KfxOsNAt" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/autism-and-eye-contact-how-to-improve-eye-contact/#more-6473">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Autism and Eye Contact: Should You Be Teaching Eye Contact to Children with Autism?</span></a></div>

Dealing with Meltdowns in Children with Autism | Autism Meltdown Strategies

Recently, on a Facebook Live, I asked parents and professionals if they could wave a magic wand, what autism struggle would they want to go away? A handful of people said they wanted to make meltdowns go away, so today, I'm going to talk about three autism meltdown strategies to help both parents and professionals. <style>.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }</style> <div class="embed-container"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkjN6Lg0uGHNXL8GfL-FL6QQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/autism-meltdown-strategies/#more-6455">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Dealing with Meltdowns in Children with Autism | Autism Meltdown Strategies</span></a></div>

Making Going to the Dentist Easier for Kids with Autism | Autism and Dental Care

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Many kids with autism have a hard time going to the dentist, and since dental visits only happen one to two times a year its hard to work on this skill. So today Im going to show you a video on autism dental care and talk about strategies you can work on to make going to the dentist easier.</span> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkgj6qeGdqxPULTx3kQPx5Ji" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/dentist-easier-autism-dental-care/#more-6271">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Making Going to the Dentist Easier for Kids with Autism | Autism and Dental Care</span></a></div>

How to Overcome Picky Eating for Children with Autism

Many children with and without autism are picky eaters, and some even have serious feeding disorders, which need to be treated by medical professionals. In these circumstances, a thorough evaluation at a feeding clinic may be needed, but there are a lot of kids that can be helped at home or at school, so today I'm going to give you 7 picky eating strategies to help picky eaters start to eat better. <style>.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }</style> <div class="embed-container"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkiCG7mgFBg5iGpUSDHaEc8c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/how-to-overcome-picky-eating-for-children-with-autism/#more-6262">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Overcome Picky Eating for Children with Autism</span></a></div>

Autism Safety Awareness: Emotional Interview with Mom Who Lost Her Child

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Children with autism rarely have the safety awareness skills they need and are at higher risk of accidental death than typically developing children. Today I'm talking with a mother who lost her child in an effort to help raise autism safety awareness and prevent the same from happening to other children.</span> <center><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkiSDzOKi1XYqOhKvpJZaJVB" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></center><div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/autism-safety-awareness-interview-mom-who-lost-child/#more-6247">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Autism Safety Awareness: Emotional Interview with Mom Who Lost Her Child</span></a></div>

Communication Skills for Kids with Autism

<span style="font-weight: 400;">Many parents of young children with autism dream of the day when they can have full conversations with their children. But getting children who are not talking much or at all to become conversational is a big mystery for most parents and professionals. So, today Im going to break it down and talk about how to teach communication skills for kids with autism.</span> <center><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkiMj0UnN-HmGuJubM3l1hTg" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></center><div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/communication-skills-kids-autism/#more-6144">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Communication Skills for Kids with Autism</span></a></div>

Back to School Tips for Teachers in Autism Classrooms

In last week's video blog I discussed how back to school is usually a stressful time for both parents and kids with autism. But what I didn't talk about is that it can be super stressful to teachers too. Today I'm going to give teachers and other school staff some advice on reducing stress in autism classrooms, especially during the first month of school. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkg_HwZc-oxJ60HQclktD2ed" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/back-to-school-tips-teachers-in-autism-classrooms/#more-6119">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Back to School Tips for Teachers in Autism Classrooms</span></a></div>

Autism Back to School: Strategies to Ease Back to School Transitions

Many children with autism have a hard time transitioning, and the start of a school year brings about a lot of anxiety for both kids and for parents. Today, I'm going to cover some autism back to school strategies that might help make September a better month! <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOkh9EGF6Zh3QslFIPiHk6eDZ" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/autism-back-to-school-strategies-ease-transitions/#more-6056">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Autism Back to School: Strategies to Ease Back to School Transitions</span></a></div>

Echolalia and Autism: The Best Way to Get a Child with Autism Speaking

Do you have a child or client with less than five words that you can rely on? Maybe the child has some pop-out words, but you don't know how to get the child speaking more? Today, I'm going to talk about echolalia and autism, and the main way we can start to get words heard more frequently and to develop the ability for the child to echo our words and to expand their language even further. <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL0_NcGwhzOki5zzlnlHaeRFjCP8lksDb4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/echolalia-and-autism-the-best-way-to-get-a-child-with-autism-speaking/#more-6007">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">Echolalia and Autism: The Best Way to Get a Child with Autism Speaking</span></a></div>

How to Teach a Child with Autism to Blow Their Nose

Before I had a son with autism and then became a Behavior Analyst, I never imagined how hard it would be to teach a child to blow his nose. Today I'm going to break down the steps and give you some easy strategies to help you teach your client or child with autism to blow their nose. <style>.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }</style> <div class="embed-container"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed//OT3-QfI0dOE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div class="more-link-container"><a class="more-link" href="https://marybarbera.com/how-to-teach-child-with-autism-blow-their-nose/#more-5599">Continue reading <span class="screen-reader-text">How to Teach a Child with Autism to Blow Their Nose</span></a></div>