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10 Ways to Keep Your Child with Autism Safe

As any parent of a child with autism knows, safety is a big concern - everyday. Not only do children with autism often wander off, they can be impulsive and may have a higher risk of accidents and injuries. Because they often have trouble communicati...

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Autism: Tips for Babysitters

Whether you are an experienced babysitter or just beginning, babysitting a child with autism may be a new experience for you. While in many ways it isn’t any different than any other babysitting job, in other ways, it is more complex and requires you ...

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Pros and Cons of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Last week, we discussed the basics of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and what is involved in an ABA program. As mentioned in that post, ABA is "considered a safe and effective treatment for autism and ‘has been endorsed by a number of state and ...

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What is Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)?

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is a form of treatment for autism that involves observation of behaviors and intensive behavioral interventions meant to bring positive change over a period of time. It is considered a safe and effective treatment fo...

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Apps to Help Children with Autism with Communication

One of the hallmark symptoms of autism is a speech delay and a difficulty with communication. The following apps help to improve communication skills and aid in language development.

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Children with Autism: Taking the Meltdowns out of Haircuts

For children with autism, and their parents, haircuts are often a battle. Many with autism have hypersensitivities which can make haircuts uncomfortable or painful. Besides disliking or feeling pain when someone is touching their heads, children with ...

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3 Physical Conditions Commonly Associated with Autism

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder ranging from mild to severe. It is characterized by problems with speech and communication, difficulties with social interactions and repetitive movements or patterns of behavior. ASD o...

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Exercise and Fitness for Children with Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) frequently have some physical limitations. They may have problems with gross motor skills, those needed for large-scale activities, such as walking, running or jumping. A number of other symptoms of autis...

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Disclosing Autism in the Workplace

In the past few weeks, we have been talking about autism in the workplace: Autism in the Workplace, Barriers to Employment and Workplace Accommodations for ASD. This week we discuss making the decision to disclose, or not disclose, your diagnosis of ...

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10 Strategies for Calming a Child with Autism

Children with autism are frequently overstimulated by lights, sounds and touch. They may become frustrated and overwhelmed when routines change. They may want to eat only certain foods and become agitated when that food isn’t available. As any parent ...