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Autism

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).

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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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.

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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?"

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  • Don Williams
    Don Williams says #
    Excellent comments! Don Williams, phD, BCBA-D
  • Julie
    Julie says #
    Thanks Mary for your insight! You always have good suggestions to help us with our children.
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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.

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Inclusion: Consider the Environment

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Many times parents are eager to place their child in a school environment after their child has gained many skills with intense ABA training, however, these considerations are often without thought given the environmental supports currently in place that contribute to the growth and success of the child. Here are some practical tips for deciding if your child will learn optimally in a school setting.
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    Good stuff!
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the DSM-5

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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.

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    Thank you Dr Fleck. Putting social and communication deficits together is a mistake in my opinion. In fact, the social deficit ver
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Transition Time: How to minimize meltdowns

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It is no secret that individuals with autism generally prefer to have a routine. It provides a sense of comfort and control because they know what comes next. Whether it is a transition from day treatment to school or introducing a new activity, a change in routine or transition to a different activity or place can be challenging, but thank goodness there are ways to make things go more smoothly and minimize meltdowns.
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  • herman
    herman says #
    very good information, and also love of parents and teachers can help children's development.
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    Info Kesehatan says #
    Each case has its own problems and difficulties, as well as with children with autism. With patience and determination, we can cer
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Echoic Behavior

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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.

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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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  • Yolanda Haro
    Yolanda Haro says #
    I met Audrey at the last social play date and she was very pleasant. Her patience and demeanor shows that she truly has a passion
  • Michael Maloney
    Michael Maloney says #
    Audrey, Great article. Helpful to parents starting on their journey to help a child with ASD.
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    Audrey Borges says #
    Thank you very much, Michael. I appreciate your feedback, and I'm glad my post is helpful.
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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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  • Audrey Borges
    Audrey Borges says #
    Hi Kristina! You can absolutely email me: audrey@shapeofbehavior.com.
  • Kristina
    Kristina says #
    I am a senior in high school and I am interested in a job as an ABA. Is there any way that I could email you and ask some question
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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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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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    helena says #
    Hi carlos, i liked reading your post, it was very informative and concise! I am currently working with children diagnosed with aut
  • williams Don E.
    williams Don E. says #
    Carlos, I enjoyed your blog. Nice job/
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    Audrey says #
    Carlos, thank you for a great post on shadowing! I enjoyed it!
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What is Asperger's Syndrome?

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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.

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What is Autism?

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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.

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Welcome to Our New Blog!

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The Shape of Behavior is proud to announce our new Blog! Make sure to stay updated with current posts about autism, add, down syndrome, and much more!

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