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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…


Potty Training Autism

Potty Training Autism: Toilet Training Guide & Tips for Parents and Professionals

If you're having problems with potty training, you aren't alone, but it also means you are likely having struggles in other developmental areas. I created this free ebook on potty training autism, and I am going to take a few minutes to tell you what's inside the book in this video blog.…

increasing language

Increasing Language in Children with Autism Through a Shoebox

Increasing Language in Children with Autism Through a ShoeboxAs some of you may know, I've been a behavior analyst since 2003 and worked for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, which was a statewide grant from 2003 to 2010. When I left the project, I began working in the early intervention…

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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…


Autism and Holidays Tips

Autism and Holiday Tips: Preparing for the Holidays with Your Child with Autism

Holidays can be a stressful time for children with autism and their families, as well as for the professionals who work with them. Today, I'm going to give you some tips that might help make your holidays a little bit less stressful, and more joyful; this blog is all about autism and holidays……

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…


teaching safety skills for autism

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…


autism sleep issues

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…


speech delay

Speech Delay vs Autism: Recognize the Signs to Delayed Speech in Children

Many toddlers have speech delays, and sometimes a speech delay is a symptom of something bigger, like autism. I know from experience that it's often confusing and overwhelming to parents who are on waiting lists for autism evaluations. Especially since these waiting lists grow longer and longer…