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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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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Autism Teacher | ABA Provider

What To Expect From Your ABA Clinic

As a parent, we always want to ensure that the quality of any service we are getting for our children is of good quality. This should be no different for the ABA clinic and services your child is receiving. The question that can sometimes be hard to answer is “what should my expectations be?” It is important to know what you should expect when receiving ABA services.

Here is a list of things you should expect from your ABA Clinic and provider:

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ABA Therapy Houston | Girl Student | Find An ABA Therapy Provider

How To Find An ABA Therapy Provider

Many questions arise when a family receives a diagnosis of Autism or a referral to receive ABA services. How do I find an ABA therapy provider and program? Who’s going to work with my child? What are my expectations? Am I going to be involved in this program? What is my child going to work on? We want to help you with what questions are good to ask and in general what a good answer to those would be when looking for an ABA provider.

Here’s a list of questions and things to look for when looking to find an ABA therapy provider and services for your loved one.

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Guardianship for Children with Autism & Disabilities

Planning for the Future – How (and Why) to Obtain Guardianship For Children with Autism & Disabilities

Thinking about the future for your child with a disability can be difficult especially when there is so much time and effort going into what needs to happen today or in the short term. Where to start with this process can be daunting.

Despite this, it is important to ensure that you start to plan for your child’s future as soon as possible. This will ensure that things like guardianship for children with autism are done in a timely manner as well as allow for more financial stability and protection of your child’s access to government assistance in the future.

Hegwood Law Group specializes in estate planning, guardianship, and special needs trusts.

We had the pleasure of being able to ask Kim Hegwood of Hegwood Law Group some questions regarding attaining guardianship and special needs trusts. Kim also has a child with a disability and has personally gone through the process of obtaining guardianship and planning for the future for her child.

Q&A with Kim Hegwood from Hegwood Law Group

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Top 10 Ways Children with Autism Benefit from ABA Therapy

Top 10 Ways Children with Autism Benefit from ABA Therapy

Children with autism are unique, amazing individuals. ABA is a scientific, evidence-based therapy that gives families the tools they need to support their child with ASD. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons and ways a child with autism benefits from ABA therapy.

Reason #1: ABA therapy ranks the highest out of all documented interventions and treatments and has the most scientific evidence benefiting those with ASD.

Parents, please find comfort in knowing that research backs up the claim that ABA “works”!

Research tells us that if started early, intensive, high quality, evidence-based support like ABA, 40-50 percent of children diagnosed with ASD can function and benefit from typical general education classrooms. However, not only can ABA work to compensate for struggles relating to accessing academics but for other areas as well. Read more

Is It Bribery or Reinforcement? Why Should I Care?

Bribery Vs Positive Reinforcement – Practical, Behavioral Help for Autism

Positive reinforcement is often confused with bribery. But, is it important for parents (especially for those with children on the autism spectrum) to distinguish the difference between bribery and reinforcement. Equally important is the knowledge of HOW to practically use positive reinforcement to help everyday behaviors.

Does This Behavioral Scenario Sound Familiar?

After working all day, cleaning up after your kids, you’ve spent the past hour cooking an amazing meal for your family, and you put it in front of your toddler and tell him to take a bite. He immediately starts to cry and demand chicken nuggets. Thinking quickly, you say “Hey, I’ll make you a deal, you stop crying and I’ll go make you some chicken nuggets.” Your sigh of relief is palpable as the crying stops, and it’s quiet once more. For many parents, this is a common occurrence, and most of us don’t pause to analyze what we may be teaching at that moment. Read more