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March 5, 2020

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 »

January 3, 2020

Leaving Early Intervention: Where Do We Go Now?

Many of our families with children 18-36 months make their way to CSLOT’s early intervention clinic or individual therapy through their local regional center. Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California… Read more »

March 27, 2019

Breaking Down Pragmatic Communication Skills

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience delays in the area of pragmatics, also known as the rules for social language. Children may produce long and complex sentences and speak clearly but still have pragmatic language delays. Pragmatic communication skills There are three major communication skills associated with pragmatic language.  They are: Using language for different purposes. For… Read more »

January 23, 2019

How to Teach Perspective Taking

Perspective-taking is a term used to describe a set of skills one must have in order to effectively communicate with others in the environment. When trying to understand the complexities of social participation, perspective-taking can be broken down into four different steps. These four steps of perspective taking are part of an internal dialogue that… Read more »

December 18, 2018

Practicing Predictable Situations for Social Emotional Learning

Everyday predictable situations can be used to increase a child’s social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to recognize and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish and maintain relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations effectively.   It is important… Read more »

December 12, 2018

Supporting Children with Autism with Social Stories

Social Stories are short stories used as a teaching tool for children with autism that describe a potentially challenging situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses. They are written or tailored to a child with autism understand and behave appropriately in social situations. Social Stories have a specifically defined… Read more »

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. Some people learn social skills easily and quickly, whereas… 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 »

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