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.
Autism and Behavioral Blog
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).
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.
As a BCBA, I've found that there are some pretty common questions I'm asked—my own personal FAQ, if you will. From the general public, I mostly get confusion, to wit: "So what does a BCBG do?" or "Autism, that's the one where they have super powers, right?"
In light of World Autism Awareness Day, I've been thinking about conversations I've had with parents over the years concerning public outings. This can include a "simple" trip to the grocery store all the way to a day trip to the zoo for the family or even Disney World! Some are required tasks and others are just fun family time that we all enjoy sometimes.
The newly updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), sometimes referred to as "the bible of psychiatry," is flawed and inaccurate.
According to Skinner, an echoic occurs when a verbal response has point-to-point correspondence to its preceding verbal stimulus. It is echoing what is heard or verbal imitation.
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.
Social skills are an essential part of life even beyond the obvious implication that with good social skills a person can form meaningful relationships.
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.
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.
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.
There's a 12-year-old girl named Jane standing near a group of girls who appear to be around the same age. She looks like she wants to join in their conversation, but she seems a little anxious. Jane has an extensive knowledge of history that she enjoys sharing sometimes at random and inappropriate times such as when she decides to join the girls' conversation.
The sound of children laughing and playing in the sunshine with their friends as they slide down a slide or hang from monkey bars on a playground is priceless. They have not a care in the world. Unfortunately, for the parents of many children, this beautiful picture is just a dream.