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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, et.al, 2002). Thus, it is an important skill to teach.
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Distractions with the iPad? Try Guided Access

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The introduction of the iPad has made it increasingly easy to have a portable way for individuals with limited communication or no functional communication to interact with others. A lack of functional communication skills can lead to increased problem behavior, decrease in access to reinforcement or enriched environments and limited potential interactions with the people in their world.
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Technology marches on... We live in a world where technology impacts nearly every aspect of our daily life, and that statement is very apparent among the population of people with special needs. From video modeling and internet-based curriculum to data collection and reinforcement, the individuals we serve are exposed to technology more so than ever.

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The latest statistics are staggering. 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States. This does not include all the millions of children diagnosed with intellectual disability, Down syndrome or another type of developmental delay.

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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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    What to about bed wetting at night? Its been 3 years since our son has been potty trained and out of diapers. He's just turned 7.
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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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    A successful transition to a traditional educational environment from intensive ABA treatment is not a stroke of luck but takes an
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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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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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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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