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Summer Is Here! Ready to Potty?

Summer for many families means new routines and a new set of objectives to accomplish before the next school year begins.  One of these objectives may be what seems to be a most daunting...
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Teach Life Skills – Create Success for Independence

All parents want independence for their children. I am no different; I desired for my son with isms to live independently with success and with much dedication and effort, he is doing just that. ...

Why Encourage Dramatic Play Skills?

You have undoubtedly noticed that most preschool classrooms have a dramatic play skills area well stocked with dress-up clothes and real-life pretend items such as plastic foods, pots and pans, telephone, ironing board, dolls,...
Social Cognition

Prevent Social Skills from Backsliding

Ah, those lazy days of summer! What kid doesn’t look forward to the end of the school year? While summer offers a much deserved break from the structure and pressures of the classroom, the summer...
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Foundation for Successful Social Skills Groups for Teens

In our practice, we run multiple teen groups on a regular and consistent basis.  Our groups have been successful for our community and I am often asked questions from prospective clients or fellow professionals...
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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Building Community Integration Skills in Kids with Autism, Part...

You know you want your child to be a part of his community. If you read my last article, you know that being a part of the community is something you have to teach. You...
That's Life Social Language

Speech and Language Therapy for Teens

According to The Autism Sourcebook written by Karen Siff Exkorn, “Speech and language therapy helps a child to communicate more effectively both verbally and nonverbally, using words and/or body language.” I am grateful that the...
Online Social Skills

Embrace Social Media: Tips to Promote Healthy Social Choices when Logging On

This article was co-authored by Samantha Hill, M.S, Erica Ciarciello, B.S. and Erin Malafronte, B.A. All are Clinical Associates of the Social Learning Center and have trained, worked and collaborated with Mr. Abildgaard on...
Group Art - Social Skills

Teach Social Skills Through Group Art

Sharing social experiences is where we all start to connect and make friends. This is a natural process in life. Sometimes finding ways for these opportunities to happen for children with various isms can...
Community Life Skills

Build Community Integration Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being...