Autism and IQ Scores

Autism and IQ Scores | Supporting Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Autism and IQ Scores | Supporting Children with Intellectual Disabilities There seems to be a lot of confusion about autism and intellectual disabilities, which is an IQ score of under 70.  What does it mean if a child is diagnosed with both autism and an intellectual disability? Do we need to be…

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Speech Sound Development & First Sounds in Children with Autism Using ABA Techniques

Speech Sound Development & First Sounds in Children with Autism Using ABA TechniquesAs you may know, I'm an autism mom and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I am also the author of The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders. As a Behavior Analyst, I…

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Teaching a Child with Autism to Talk

Over the years I've seen parents and professionals call a child nonverbal. They would put a lot of emphasis on augmentative communication devices but no emphasis on vocal language. I never give up on vocal language, even in "nonverbal children." So, today I'm going to answer your questions about…

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Abnormal Speech

Pivotal Phrases & Abnormal Speech in Children with Autism

Pivotal Phrases & Abnormal Speech in Children with Autism Abnormal speech patterns are very common in kids with autism. For example, if you teach a child with limited speech to say phrases like “open door,” they might overgeneralize it and say “open door” even if they want something else…

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Teaching Safety Skills for Autism | Keeping Kids with Autism Safe

In today’s video blog, I want to talk about teaching safety skills for autism. Safety awareness is a huge concern for both parents and professionals. There are many children, teens, and adults with autism who have the language and/or cognitive functioning of a young child. This makes it harder to…

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How to Resolve Autism Sleep Issues in Children

How to Resolve Autism Sleep Issues in Children Sleep problems are very common in children with autism. With my own son, Lucas, I struggled with getting him to sleep in his own bed through the night for ten years. Using ABA techniques though, I was finally able to establish a step-by-step…

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