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What is Autism Day Treatment?

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I think it's safe to say that every parent wants what is best for their child especially when it comes to obtaining necessary treatment for a special needs child. Children of all ages can benefit greatly from the structured learning environment that day treatment provides.

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To Train or Not To Train? That is the Question!

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All parents reach a point in time where they are sooo ready to ditch the diapers! This will come at different ages for every family. Whether you've reached this point or not, here are some tips for how to proceed.

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Why Verbal Behavior?

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Theories of language that attempt to identify the causes of language include the following three perspectives: (1) biological, (2) cognitive, and (3) environmental.

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Is my child ready for school?

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No...... well not yet. As parents we all want our children in school in a mainstream class learning alongside their peers. While this is the ultimate goal there are many steps that are necessary to reach this goal.

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Behavior Analysis and Data

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Behavior analysis is a scientific approach to studying and changing behavior. Data collection is the foundation of science.

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The Impact of Social Skills on Everyday Life

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Social skills are an essential part of life even beyond the obvious implication that with good social skills a person can form meaningful relationships.

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Hello and Happy New Year, friends! Let's make 2013 rock! This year my resolution is to continue educating myself and you about anything and everything autism and special needs related so be sure and look for my blog post every week.

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It's the time of year when everyone and their grandma packs the airports and hits the road on their journey to be with family for the holidays.

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What is Verbal Behavior?

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Verbal Behavior (VB) is one of the many branches under the family of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Just like ABA, VB is also derived from the philosophy of behaviorism, utilizes the basic scientific methodology for research, and is concerned with the improvement of an individual's educationally and socially significant behaviors.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Grab some hot cocoa and tune in. The holidays are upon us and they are a time of happiness and cheer.

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Is Autism in the Air?

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Hello again! Thanksgiving is out and Christmas and the holiday season are in the air, but do you know what else may be "in the air?" Autism.

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Early Signs of Autism

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A very general sign of autism is that individuals are often unresponsive and withdrawn or "in their own world." Some characteristics of autism are easily recognized in older kids who frequently cover their ears or flap their hands.

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What is a Seizure Disorder (Epilepsy)?

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November is epilepsy awareness month, so it's time to get educated about epilepsy and seizure disorders to spread the word.

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5 Misconceptions About ABA

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What are your thoughts about ABA? There are an abundance of misconceptions about applied behavior analysis (ABA), and of course there are also the facts. No worries; I'm going to tell you about both.

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Obama VS Romney: Who will rise for Autism?

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Children are our future. 1 in 88 has an autism spectrum disorder. It was 1 in 150 only 10 years ago. Clearly, the numbers are rising.

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What is an Autism Aide, or Shadow?

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When a child with autism or any other special needs has acquired, to some degree, a certain set of skills in the areas of socialization and play, language, attending, group academic skills and maintains appropriate behaviors, this is a good time to start thinking about shadowing.

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What is Cerebral Palsy?

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Hello again! Today I'm going to talk about cerebral palsy, but first I would like to dedicate this blog to a former client of mine who grew on me so much. I miss this person and I wish him all the best as he grows and progresses to the best of his ability.

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What is reinforcing to you? Almost everyone has things that they treat themselves with like chocolate, a new shirt, an iTunes song and so on. You already know I have my coffee right here, so make sure you have your treat handy because I would like you to have it after you learn a few important things about special needs children.

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Science and/or Practice: Is it Important?

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The title of this obviously is not a question that we hear in medicine or engineering. So why is that question ever heard in practice settings of psychologists, teachers, or behavior analysts?

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What is Down Syndrome?

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October is Down syndrome awareness month, so this blog entry is dedicated to all who are affected by Down syndrome (DS). Some of the sweetest people I've met have Down syndrome, and my desire is for everyone to understand them on a deeper level.
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