The Desert – A Creative Story

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A creative story by an ACT 2nd grader In a desert, at 8:30 A.m., Bob heard hissing rattlesnakes and saw spitting camels.  He asked John if the scared animals were in trouble.  John screamed, “We’re getting attacked by rattling rattlesnakes!”  They threw hot, steaming coffee at the rattlesnakes.  The coffee was as hot as the

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Wyatt’s Story

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Wyatt is a bright, compassionate and funny 12 year old boy, who loves computers, video games, and karate.  Wyatt’s mother, Virginia, also describes him as “brilliant” because of his math skills.  He can calculate the number of days since past events and number of days to future events very quickly in his head.  When Wyatt

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The Early Start Denver Model – Intervention for Toddlers with Autism

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Randomized, Controlled Trial of an intervention for Toddlers With Autism: The Early Start Denver Model  (Dawson, G., Rogers, S., Munson, J., Smith, M., Winter, J., Greenson, J., Donaldson, A. and Varlet, J., 2010) In 1987, O. Ivar Lovaas studied the efficacy of an early behavioral intervention and demonstrated that early behavioral intervention could result in

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PECS Training – Impact on Speech

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PECS Training May Increase the Production of Spoken Words in Children with Autism    Deborah Carr and Janet Felce, two researchers in Wales, United Kingdom, recently published an article in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders describing an experiment they conducted. The experiment investigated the results of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training

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ABA with Children with Autism and MR

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There have been questions about ABA’s effectiveness with children with Autism and mental retardation (MR).  MR is measured by IQ and is categorized into ranges of mild, moderate, severe, and profound impairment.  Approximately 70% of children with Autism also have a diagnosis of MR, although this statistic has been the source of some debate.  There

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Decreasing Perseveration in Conversation

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Good conversation skills are essential for meaningful social interaction.  Children with High Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) have a unique set of challenges in the areas of social communication and conversation with peers.  This article will give you specific tips for developing your child’s conversation skills.  For children with HFA and AS, the

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Decreasing Attention-Seeking Behavior

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Some of the most challenging behaviors to decrease are attention-seeking behaviors.  Many children on the Autism Spectrum engage in specific behaviors designed to get reactions from parents, siblings, teachers, and other caregivers.  The behaviors can range from silly to oppositional and aggressive in nature.   This article will discuss how to identify attention-seeking behaviors, determine why

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Lucas’ Story

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ACT would like to introduce its readers to another very cool kid.  Lucas is a bright 11-year-old boy who loves dinosaurs, Pokeman, riding his scooter, and downloading “apps” for his iphone.  His mother describes him as enthusiastic, “prehistoric”, and adorable.  Today, Lucas is a happy and unique fifth grader who has a thirst for knowledge

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ACTers of the Month! – Francine

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Francine was chosen as ACTer of the month for her caring personality and continuous hard work.  When Francine isn’t working, she likes to practice yoga, cook meals, and spend time at the beach.

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ACTers of the Month! – Kristen

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Kristen is known for her great energy, positive attitude and ability to develop genuine rapport with children and families.  In Kristen’s spare time she enjoys surfing, mountain biking, coaching cheerleading, and doing anything outdoors.

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