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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…

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…

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……

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…

Autism Grandparents: How to Be Supportive

Today's video blog is all about autism grandparents and some of the challenges and the unique role of being a grandparent of a child with autism. It's not just the parents that raise a child. Often, the grandparents do too. So that's why I want to talk about how autism grandparents can help their…

receptive language skills

Receptive Language Skills: Teaching Following Directions to Kids with Autism | Stuck Series Part 2

The second area where parents and professionals often feel stuck when working with a child or client with autism is in the area of teaching receptive language skills. Receptive skills involve a person learning to follow directions. At the beginning for children with little to no language those…

autism language assessment

Autism Language Assessment: Getting a Child Talking from Nonverbal | Stuck Series Part 1

Parents and professionals working with either kids and young adults diagnosed with autism or who have signs of autism will often come to a point where they feel stuck. This could be because of a regression that child has or maybe a chronic lack of progress in any area of development. As an autism…

How is Autism Diagnosed? Testing & Treatment Recommendations with Dr. James Coplan

As parents and professionals, most of us have been involved in the autism diagnosis process at least once. But do we really know how autism is actually diagnosed and what the testing process really looks like? Today I’m going to answer the question how is autism diagnosed? with the help of…

Functions of Behavior

The 4 Functions of Behavior in Applied Behavior Analysis

Most people in the ABA community know that there are 4 functions of behavior. However, we usually only hear and talk about 3 of the functions of behavior. The fourth function that usually isn't discussed is behaviors related to pain or stress, which in technical terms is called automatic negative…