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  • How Basic principles of ABA can help with eating difficulties

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    A large amount of children with developmental delays are reported to have difficulties with eating. However, these difficulties are hardly limited to children on the spectrum. According to a recent child and infant nutrition study, the vegetable of choice for most toddlers is a potato, specifically in the form of a French fry.

    Apr 01 Tags: Array
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Autism is a neurobehavioral disorder affecting social, communication, and behavioral areas of development with onset before 3 years of age. One in every 88 U.S. children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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  • Fostering Independence and Improving Quality of Life for Adults with ASD

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    Autism awareness has dramatically increased over the past few decades. This rise in autism awareness and subsequently, research, has increased the availability of evidence-based treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, treatment is limited for adults with ASD (Gerhardt & Lainer, 2011; Milley & Machalicek, 2012). The lack of services for adults contributes to some of the challenges they face such as unemployment, reliance on caregivers, and limited social relationships (Howlin, Goode, Hutton, & Rutter, 2004). These challenges can significantly reduce the quality of life adults with ASD experience.

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  • Teaching Self-Protection Skills to Individuals with Autism

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    One of the most important skills to teach any child is the ability to protect themselves. There are definitely some scary statistics about how often people with disabilities are taken advantage of or abused. I don't want to dwell on those statistics, instead I want to talk about how we can teach skills that will help people with disabilities keep themselves safe.

    Sep 19 Tags: Array
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Behavior Disorders

Any of various forms of behavior that are considered inappropriate by members of the social group to which an individual belongs.

A functional disorder or abnormality.

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  • ABCs, Aggression & Developmental Disabilities

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    Aggression is a common occurrence in households of children with disabilities. This can be overwhelming for most parents. The purpose of this post is to identify variables that affect aggression, along with basic preventative and response strategies. While these are strategies commonly used in various settings, a descriptive assessment or functional analysis should be conducted by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to identify the function of aggression. After identifying the function, the BCBA can then assist in identifying individualized antecedent and response strategies, accompanied with functional replacement behaviors to decrease aggression and improve functional skills.

    Aug 21 Tags: Array
  • What is Fragile X Syndrome?

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    July is Fragile X awareness month, and here at The Shape we are doing our part to raise awareness and provide help to those who have this diagnosis.
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  • Pleasing the Picky Eater

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    Picky eating is a prevalent problem for children with developmental disorders (DDs) (Silbaugh et al., 2016). The lack of nutrients and energy resulting from a picky diet can add additional complexities to their life and treatment. The "picky" variable takes many forms. The color, brand, texture, or taste may contribute to a child's selection of food (i.e., a child will only eat foods of a specific color or of a specific brand). Others will eat a variety of foods but will only consume small amounts of food or drinks.

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  • Ready, Set, Potty Time!

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    Toilet training is considered a pivotal skill for young children to master. Toilet training based on positive reinforcement can be an enjoyable experience for children with autism. This milestone allows individuals to participate in community activities and decreases a number of negative consequences that may occur (i.e. diminished personal hygiene, stigmatism, physical discomfort) (Cicero,, 2002). Thus, it is an important skill to teach.
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Behavior Analysis

Applied Behavior Analysis is endorsed by the US Surgeon General, The American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. This scientifically proven treatment is intensive and individualized therapy useful for gains in all developmental areas including social, language, and behavioral.

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  • Using Behavior Analysis to Treat Sleep Problems in Individuals with Autism

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    Problems with sleep are commonly experienced by individuals who have autism and other developmental disabilities. The majority of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have at least one sleep problem (Park et al., 2012).
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  • Autism and Social Skills: How to Teach Effective Communication of Wants and Needs

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    Social deficits and impairments are a common feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), (Dogan, King, Fischetti, Lake, Mathews, and Warzak, 2017; and Thompson, 2015). With these deficits acquisition of social skills can be a prolonged process. It can also cause worry for families and caretakers that their loved one may not be able to develop personal relationships in the future. Some examples of social difficulty are initiating interactions, responding to initiation, maintaining eye contact, sharing common hobbies and enjoyment, reading nonverbal cues, taking perspective, understanding and using speech prosody and non-literal language (White, Keonig, and Scahill, 2006). This can seem like a daunting list, but there are empirically validated interventions that have yielded positive results in increasing social skills (Peters and Thompson, 2015; Dogan et. al, 2017).

    Dec 01 Tags: Array
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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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  • 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.

    Oct 18 Tags: Array
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