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August 28, 2018

The Skill of Teaching Social Skills

Social skills are the skills we have to get along with other people. Social skills can be as basic as saying hello and good-bye, or smiling and making eye contact with people we know. They can also be more difficult, like the skills we use to negotiate. Photo from Pexels.com Some people learn social skills easily… Read more »

July 3, 2018

Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism

Individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often receive a range of services including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavior therapy. Services are provided through the school system and outside agencies. As these individuals get older, it is important that the treatment team all work together to create a transition plan. The team… Read more »

June 26, 2018

Understanding Echolalia

Echolalia is a form of verbal imitation. When a child uses echolalia, she repeats words or phrases she hears other people use. It is one of the most common characteristics of communication in some people with autism. Recent research has helped us see that echolalia can be a bridge to meaningful speech with communicative intent…. Read more »

June 5, 2018

How to Create and Use an Interest-Based Token Economy

Token economies are a commonly used tool with children and adults of all ages and abilities. They provide a visual representation of work that is completed and what remains to be done and also remind the learner of what they are working towards. What is a token economy? Token economies involve the delivery of small… Read more »

May 29, 2018

A Structured Approach for Autism Intervention

Many children with autism have difficulty understanding social norms. Another term for this is the hidden curriculum: the rules and regulations that society has that are not explicitly taught. From experience, or learning you figure these rules out. However, children on the autism spectrum do not pick up on the social norms or the hidden… Read more »

May 22, 2018

Using LEGOs to Build Social Skills and Language

Social skills play a role in all stages of life from family relationships and friendships to romantic relationships and career success. Social skills are challenges for many children with autism. Social skills that pose a challenge for some children with autism include turn taking, social flexibility, and problem solving. In recent research studies, researchers have… Read more »

May 8, 2018

Follow the Leader: Using Reciprocal Imitation to Build Play and Language

Learning to play is a foundational skill in child development. In order to engage with others, children must first demonstrate joint attention. Joint attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. When playing with cars, Mr. Potato Head, or other toys with other adults or children, children should share in this experience… Read more »

June 1, 2017

Small Communication Changes, Great Results

Children diagnosed with receptive and expressive language delays frequently miss the subtle communication cues in the communication interactions with others.  They often need additional support to take notice of those changes in their environment and to expand their communication skills. Supportive adults can offer the assistance these children need by changing our communicative habits. By practicing the… Read more »

December 16, 2016

You Will Not “Zone-out” With This Self Regulation Program

The Zones of Regulation Curriculum was designed to help children become more successful in school, at home, and in the community by independently controlling maladaptive behaviors through the process of self regulation and emotional control. What is self regulation? Self regulation is the ability to be in the best state to successfully engage in a particular activity. When exposed… Read more »

December 9, 2016

Sensory Strategies in Action: How to Alert or Calm Yourself or Your Child

You may have heard of relaxation techniques to calm oneself by using soothing music or deep breathing. What about techniques to alert oneself when experiencing low energy? When addressing sensory strategies we often think of the sense of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste.  From a sensory integration perspective, we also have the vestibular (balance)… Read more »

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