Skills for Children with Autism

Teaching Empathy Skills to Children with Autism: How to Help Them Understand and Cope with Social Situations

Children with autism often have difficulty understanding and coping with social situations. This can be very frustrating for them and their parents. Fortunately, there are ways to help them develop empathy skills. 

Children affected by ASD’s may not understand the emotions that other people are feeling, or they may not know how to react in certain social scenarios. This can lead to a lot of frustration for both the child with autism and their parents or caregivers. Teaching empathy skills is an important step that will help them navigate social situations more effectively and feel more connected to the people around them! 

In this article, we will discuss what empathy is, how it can be taught to children with autism, and some of the benefits of doing so. We will also provide a few tips for parents on how to help their children learn these important skills.

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Burnout as a Parent or Caregiver of a Child on the Autism Spectrum 6

How To Prevent Burnout as a Parent or Caregiver of a Child on the Autism Spectrum

The importance of self-care cannot be overstated. Self-care gives you time for yourself and can help you relieve stress from your day to improve your mental health and well-being – all things that are important in life! But what is it? A term used often but not always related to the word “self” is in treating our own needs first before helping others. As a parent or caregiver of a child on the Autism spectrum, you may have already gone through a few bouts of burnout but recognizing your limits may help you to prevent that from happening in the future. Read on to find out how even we, as therapists can be affected by burnout, and how you can help prevent this from happening in your life. 

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Sensory Toys for Children with Autism

Sensory Toys for Children with Autism

If you have a child with Autism, it is important to provide them with opportunities for sensory play. Some kids are more sensitive than others and may find certain textures or sounds too intense. You can help your little one adjust by giving them toys that involve touch (like sand), sound (bells), and sight( pictures).

People with autism often struggle to process information, but the way they receive it is just as important. Sensory issues can make things difficult for someone who has this condition and may need extra support in order to keep up with everything going on around them.

The five senses are experienced through play. Sensory toys stimulate a child’s sight, sound, and more to encourage their natural curiosity about the world around them in an environment where safety and comfort is top priority!

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ABA 101 - Positive Reinforcement with ABA Therapy ABCs

ABA 101: Positive Reinforcement

The mission of Behavior TLC’s ABA 101:

To relay behavior analytic information to parents, teachers, and non-behavioral professionals through fun, engaging, and easy-to-understand content. We believe that the science of ABA and aim to make behavioral knowledge more accessible to our community.

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Sensory-friendly Activities in Houston BTLC

Top Autism & Sensory-Friendly Places to Visit in Houston

As a family with children on the Autism Spectrum, you know how difficult it can be to enjoy an outing when there are too many people or noises that make it hard for your child to have fun and enjoy themselves. But have no fear! The Greater Houston area has plenty of autism-friendly events and activities available – take a look at our list of local, sensory-friendly places where your family can have a great time and feel included in the fun!

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top needs for strong social skills in children with ASD

The Importance Of Strong Social Skills For Success With K-12 Education

When thinking of areas that may need focus for a school-aged child, one may think of reading, math, biology, or even, fitness, but we find that many do not intentionally prioritize strong social skills.

Why are strong social skills often overlooked, especially for children with ASD? We are not completely sure, but one possible reason is due to the time requirement and its overall priority. No matter the situation or tough times we are all going through, it is crucial that we all stay hypervigilant in ensuring the success of our children’s social shaping.

To have success with k-12 education there are three areas where it is important to have strong social skills –

Academics, Conduct, and Group Relations.

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