Behavior Toolbox

New Toolkits from Autism Speaks

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 Autism Speaks has new, free tool kits for parents on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Behavioral Heath Treatments, and Toilet Training. Check them out! http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/three-new-atn-tool-kits

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Tool Kit to Deal with Bullying

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A tool kit for bullying for parents of kids with special needs – http://specialneeds.thebullyproject.com/toolkit

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Autism Safety Project

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Autism Speaks has a new safety resource which focuses on safety issues at home and in the community and provides information for first responders and a list of safety resources. It includes tips on fire and burn safety and how to prevent victimization. Dealing with money, using mobile phones, and safety tips for public restrooms

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Dental Appointment Tool Kit

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This tool kit can be downloaded by families for free and given to dental professionals who work with their children with ASDs.  Please follow the link below to download this kit. http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-treatment-network/tools-you-can-use/dental

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Sleep Strategies for Children with Autism

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Autism Speaks has a new, free tool kit: Sleep Strategies for Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide. It provides parents with strategies for improving sleep in children affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Download it by clicking on the link below! http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/resources-programs/autism-treatment-network/tools-you-can-use/sleep-tool-kit

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A New Tool For Your Toolbox: Omission Training

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When parents and professionals want to reduce a problem behavior, they often choose a replacement behavior as part of the behavior plan. A replacement behavior allows the child to meet his or her needs using an appropriate behavior instead of the problem behavior. For example, if a child is crying because she wants a break,

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Tips for Facilitating A Successful Playdate

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Tips for Facilitating a Successful Play-Date: http://www.act4autism.com/blog/2011/06/facilitating-a-successful-play-date/

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Autism Smartphone Applications

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Teaching Children with Autism: There’s an “app” for that? Smart phones and tablet computers (like the iphone and the ipad) are becoming increasingly useful in our busy, multi-tasking lives.  Some parents of children with autism have found new ways of using these devices. App creators have started designing apps for children with autism.  There are

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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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