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Teaching Joint Attention Through Play

Joint Attention and Autism: Six Steps to Play with your Child Identifying ways to play with your child can be daunting! As adults we spend our days working with other adults, having conversations, and doing the work that we find to be important. But when we get home...

How Do I Know If My ABA Report Is Good?

We get asked all the time, “Will you accept my child’s report from his other ABA company?” Many times, this question comes after spending valuable time and money at previous ABA company that just didn’t end of being the right fit. We get it. The process of starting...

In Home vs. Clinic Based ABA

What is the difference between in-home and clinic-based ABA therapy? This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get when we are talking with new families. How do you know if you are making the right choice when it comes to your child’s therapy?  Should...

Freebie Friday: July 4th Social Story

Summer is jam-packed with fun and exciting things to do, including the biggest birthday celebration ever, the Fourth of July! But while many of us look forward to the fairs and fireworks that happen all over the country, children on the autism spectrum can have...

Promoting Independence

It’s easy for us parents of autistic children to just do everything for them.  Let’s face it, teaching children independence whether or not they’re on the spectrum is time consuming. But it’s so important to take the time to do it.  I used to do everything for Mazy...

Food For Thought.

Food refusal is a common concern with young children.  Many children with autism or other developmental disorders tend to eat an extremely narrow range of foods.  What is it about autism that often makes children resistant to eating a normal and varied diet?  We know...

Freebie Friday: Words vs tantrum.

Is your kiddo having a hard time transitioning?  Anxious?  Needs help with functional communication? Functional communication training is based on the idea that problem behaviors may be a form of communication.  It aims to teach people with autism to use other forms...

Freebie Friday – Let’s wash those hands!

Some of the easiest task can be the most challenging for our kiddos.  Hand washing with soap consistently at critical moments during the day prevents the spread of diseases.  With the flu going around, we put extra emphasis on washing our hands properly.  We created a...