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.
Autism and Behavioral Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.