Autism

7 Practical Tips for an Effective ABA Program

Setting up a home-based ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy program is no easy task. Even if your home-based program is smaller-scale—say, something you’re putting in place just to supplement what your child is learning...

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...
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Discover Summer Camp Success for Your Special Needs Child

Happy summer, everyone! Today's topic is addressing one of the summer's most difficult challenges: summer camps. Selecting a Camp Depending on what type of camp your child attends, whether it be a typical camp or a...

Trouble Reading? Consider Vision Therapy

The function of eye movements goes well beyond vision and reflects higher brain processes. (Gauthier 1990) Through the processes of observation and elimination, we can often get to the root of a reading problem and...

Tick-Tock Breath: Teach Special Needs Children to Modulate Moods

The nervous system is the control center of our body and mind. Children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) may already be experiencing “interference” or “overload” at the level...

ABA: What IS It, Really?

Sometimes parents tell me they want to start doing ABA with their child.  I always tell them the same thing, "You already are. Not just with your child, but with your significant other, your...

Networking at Special-Ism — Seth and Chris Make a Special Connection

Special-Ism writers, Seth Fowler and Chris Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, had not previously met in person prior to their membership to Special-Ism's writing team. Through Special-Ism's networking platform, we discovered that, unbeknownst to each of...

Treating the Child, Not the Diagnosis

When I first began in pediatric practice back in the early 80’s, the approach to evaluating children with developmental delays was much different than today. In general, pediatricians were much more likely to take...

Students Living and Coping With Sensory Differences

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I experience sensory differences. These sensory differences can and often do impact my day-to-day life. One important thing to remember is that I have always had...

WANTED: Hope in Action Throughout the Special Needs Community

Parents of a child who has special needs will almost surely hear at one time or another, “Now you know your child will never ”  These gloom and doom forecasts are meant to be...