Suppose you’re in an active conversation, do you ever actively think of what to say? Do you ponder on what to say next and hope to the heavens that you won’t mess up? Are you aware of your body language? Or does the conversation flow naturally without you needing to think about it? For many

in Communication Skills by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

Although autism can create challenges and difficulties with everyday life, it can also be seen as a gift which enables people to share amazing talents with the world around them. There are many notable figures in today’s society who have received an autism diagnosis. Plus, with autism being a fairly “new” diagnosis, several geniuses throughout

in Autism Advocacy by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

Our body’s overall functioning relies on the biological processes carried in our tissues and organs; if a particular part of the brain has not developed properly due to these underpinning processes, a respective physiological dysfunction may occur. Children with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions often also have common physiological conditions that impact their daily living

in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by difficulties in communication and language, understanding abstract concepts, gestures, and understanding the concept of time as well as engaging in social settings and creating interpersonal relationships, to name a few. Due to these difficulties, some children with autism lack the social or emotional ability to engage in conversations,

in Education and Classroom by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

When I think of the word “masking”, I immediately remember the 1994 film The Mask starring the one and only Jim Carrey. While the movie promises a good time and pure comedy; its synopsis actually has some parallels with the act of “masking” among people on the autism spectrum. The character behind The Mask is

in Autism Health and Medical Info by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

As humans, we are social beings, governed by societal expectations. To be functional in society, our social conduct is important and, because of this, teaching children “good” behavior from a young age is key. One way children can learn what types of behavior are appropriate is through discipline—it is part of educating your child to

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

In our everyday lives, we process the world using our senses. Whether we’re sitting, walking, talking, or eating, more than one of our senses is involved so that each action is coordinated and understood accordingly.  Some children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) find it difficult to process sensory information and integrate sensory stimuli. Because

in Sensory Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

The role of caregivers is just as important as therapists when providing supportive structure for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In teaching and managing challenging behaviors, behavior analysts play a critical role in empowering caregivers to ensure interventions undertaken during private sessions cross-over to the home environment to ensure a holistic and functional developmental

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

The developing stage of every child is marked by a series of milestones—from their first words, to the first time they crawl and, ultimately, their first steps. These developmental milestones are, for physicians as well as parents, indications of whether a child is developing within a neurotypical frame or not.  When infants enter the developmental

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC

Are you a parent with a daughter who you think could be on the autism spectrum? Perhaps you don’t know where to start in terms of reaching a diagnosis? You’re not alone. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 54 children in the United

in Autism Diagnosis by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSC