Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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How to Use a Star Chart

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How to Use a Reinforcement System: Another Tool for Your Behavior Toolbox  One of the most effective and efficient ways of letting a child know that he or she is making good decisions is with a reinforcement system.  In a reinforcement system a child gets to see the positive outcome of good behavior.  A reinforcer

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Facilitating a Successful Play Date

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One of the most important and helpful things parents can do for their child with Autism is give them plenty of opportunities to interact socially with others.   Facilitated play dates are an excellent way to do this.  Facilitating a play date involves helping your child interact socially when he needs the additional assistance.  This might

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Hailey’s Story

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ACT would like to introduce our readers to another charming eleven-year-old girl named Hailey.  Hailey is a happy, sweet and affectionate child who loves to be with her friends, watch the High School Musical movies, and sing Hannah Montana songs.  Hailey’s parents recall that when she was young, she had extremely limited language.  At four

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Rachel’s Story

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ACT would like to introduce our readers to a remarkable young girl named Rachel!  Rachel is a bright, active, and easy going eight-year-old who loves to ride her bike and spend time with her family.   When Rachel was just 18 months old her parents, Connie and Robert, brought her to ACT.  Connie recalls that during

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Stress & Coping for Parents

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Daily Stress, Well-Being and Coping for Parents of Children with Autism (Pottie & Ingram, 2008) Few studies have attempted to understand how parents of children with Autism cope with the daily demands of raising a child with special needs.  Pottie and Ingram state that the goal of this study was to identify the ways parents

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Johnny’s Story

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ACT would like to introduce our readers to another very cool kid, Johnny.  Johnny is a sweet, funny, and bright nine-year-old boy who loves sports and has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.  When Johnny was younger, his mother says that his challenges revolved around anxiety and phobias.  She says that he was extremely sensitive to

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How Can I Decrease Self-Stimulatory Behaviors?

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Self-stimulatory behavior refers to a wide range of behaviors that include repetitive vocal behaviors (e.g., saying “ticka ticka” or making truck noises), repetitive actions (e.g., hand flapping or body posturing), and repetitive play with objects (e.g., sprinkling torn pieces of paper or flipping a puzzle piece over many times).  Research has shown that children may

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Fear of Medical Exams

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Fear of Routine Medical Exams in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders  (Gillis, Natof, Lockshin & Romanczyk, 2009)   As many parents may have experienced, children with Autism can have a very difficult time with medical examinations.  It can be a significant source of frustration for both parents and children.  This article describes two studies.  The first is

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