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Teaching Object Imitation to Children with Autism

Teaching Object Imitation to Children with Autism All children learn language, social skills, and play skills through imitation. Kids with autism and toddlers with signs of autism or other delays tend to be very delayed with imitation. So today we are talking all about how to teach imitation…


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When A Child with Autism Will Not Take Medicine

Today’s video blog is all about when a child with autism will not take medicine. As you know, I'm a behavior analyst and a mom to 2 adult sons, one with autism.  Some of you may not know that I’ve also been a Registered Nurse for over 3 decades. I feel that my nursing background has been extremely…


Growth Mindset

Positive Growth Mindset Tips for Parents

Positive Growth Mindset Tips for Parents If you have a child with autism, some days are harder than others. And sometimes we let the hard days and the stress take over. We may have a difficult time thinking of the positives or having a growth mindset.  I recently spoke with parent coach Len…


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What is Stimming?

What is Stimming? One of the most common questions I get is about stimming and whether it’s a part of autism spectrum disorders.  Some people question what is stimming? So today I am answering a few questions about stimming.  .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom:…


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Autism Transition Strategies: 5 Steps to Smoother Transitions

Autism Transition Strategies: 5 Steps to Smoother Transitions You might be wondering why children with autism have such a hard time transitioning from one activity to another. So I’m here to tell you that we all have trouble with transitions. I'll be providing you with some autism transition…


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Is Your Child Not Responding to Their Name? Here's What You Can Do

Is Your Child Not Responding to Their Name? Here’s What You Can Do One of the hallmark signs of autism is a child not responding to their name. I know when Lucas was a young child, he would not respond to his name and that was a warning sign of autism. So, I now know, as a behavior analyst,…


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Pacifier & Bottle Weaning for Children with Autism in 6 Easy Steps

Pacifier & Bottle Weaning for Children with Autism in 6 Easy StepsWhen Lucas was a baby, he was addicted to his pacifier. Since becoming a behavior analyst in 2003 I’ve seen tons of kids who are equally addicted to pacifiers. I've also seen kids with trouble bottle weaning. When I see parents…


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Teaching Body Parts to Children with Autism

Teaching Body Parts to Children with AutismTeaching children with autism to label and touch their body parts is one of the most important skills to teach. No matter if a child is very young and has no language or if a child is older and has some language. As both a parent of a son with autism, a…

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…