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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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ABA with Older Children

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Much attention has been given to the importance and effectiveness of intensive behavior intervention for very young children with Autism; however, a Meeting Point Article from the Lovaas Institute website, “Data-Based Research in Applied Behavior Analysis for Older Children with Autism,” (June, 2007) points out that research has also demonstrated that behavior therapy has a significant impact

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Time to Learn About Time Outs

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 When used properly, time outs can be a very effective tool to keep in your behavior toolbox!  Time out is an effective way to show your child that they did not make a good choice.   Before you try a time out, it is important to know that there are many strategies  may help

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Eric’s Story

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ACT would like to introduce our readers to Eric!  Eric is a bright, inquisitive, and energetic 12-year-old who has a glint of mischief in his blue eyes and a smile that will brighten anyone’s day.  Eric loves bugs and especially bees.  He swims, listens to all types of music, and enjoys exercising on the treadmill

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Defeat Autism Now Fall Conference

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Ryan’s Story

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ACT would like to introduce our readers to Ryan and his family: his mother LeeAndra, his father Dan and his sister Jenna! Ryan is a bright, motivated, charismatic, and loving five-year-old boy.  He has also been diagnosed with Autism. Ryan came to ACT when he was just two years old and, at the time, he

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