Autism

6 Tips to Teach How to Throw and Catch

To throw and catch a ball may seem like such a basic skill, but for a child with motor isms, it may seem more challenging than going for an Olympic gold medal! It is amazing...

Simple Ways to Turn Passions into Lessons

We all have hobbies or interests and sometimes those hobbies become passions depending on how extreme we take them.  In my job working with students with special needs, I am especially drawn to those...

Five Bully-Busting Basics for Students and Parents

When I was just a wee safety guy, I was picked on my fair share—apparently, wearing a Batman outfit and constantly warning other fourth-graders to be careful on the jungle-gym is grounds for some...
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New School Year: Avoid the Assumption Trap

As the summer days come to an end, we are all thinking about the start to another school year. Parents are doing back to school shopping, talking with their children about the new school year,...

Scooter Boards Foster Developmental Skills

No matter what the ism may be, exercise is almost always beneficial. Children with various isms can have a myriad of challenges such as sensory integration, cognitive processing and self-regulation. Believe it or not,...

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...
Medications

Thinking About Medication for your Child? An ABA Approach to Med Management

Let me preface this article with two disclaimers. The first is that I am not a medical doctor. I am not the person to give advice on specific pharmacological treatments. The second is that I am...
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...

Treat the “Symptoms” or Treat the “Diagnosis”?

I often get asked how important it is to have a "correct" diagnosis to treat the associated symptoms, since the symptoms of many diagnoses are similar. This comes up frequently in my office regarding...
special needs camp

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...