Giving Effective Directions

  Parents of people with autism must become accustomed to simplifying directions they give to their loved ones. When parents learn to phrase things in ways that their children can easily understand, then it prevents confusion and helps the child to expand that simplicity to other parts of the language. Teaching a child to take…

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The Lessons Responsibility Can Teach

As people with autism start to grow and develop, it is helpful to get them involved in activities that allow them to take care of themselves in some capacity. Children respond to chores in different ways, but most children enjoy the idea of being counted on to be responsible for themselves. The key to developing…

The Learning Opportunities Spring Offers

When the winter melts away and spring is in the air, there is also a feeling of excitement that makes people want to go outside and rediscover nature. The winter snow has wiped everything clean and the world feels new again. For a person with autism, spring is an excellent time to learn new skills…

Creating Healthy Social Skills

Kids need healthy social skills to learn how to interact with each other, forge meaningful relationships, and learn new and positive things that they might not learn from school or home. The difficult part with any child is teaching them how to be sociable without allowing them to think that telling family secrets is a…

What Are Reinforcers And Why Do They Work?

The process of teaching a person with autism something new can be difficult, but it is certainly not impossible. One of the methods for teaching that makes learning anything easier is the use of reinforcers. We feel that it is extremely important that parents pay attention to the reinforcers that elicit positive responses so that…

How ABA Therapy Helps People With Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a very popular form of behavioral therapy that has been used successfully for many people with autism. It is a process that enhances positive behavior while diminishing the effects of aggressive or unwanted behavior. Because it is a process that focuses on endorsing the right kinds of reactions in a…

How Community Outings Can Help Teach Functional Skills

How Community Outings Can Help Teach Functional Skills Individuals with autism benefit in many ways from being active in the local community. The classroom offers a controlled environment where a person can slowly develop skills that will help them to feel more independent. When that same person is taken out into the community, they are…