How to help children become aware of social cues that could be beneficial when faced with challenging situations. Suppose an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is aware of what he/she wants and is outspoken—how can we help him/her adjust (or use a softened approach for) how he/she voices views and opinions? If we focus

in Social Skills by Karen Kaplan, MS

To create a safe space for all, it’s important to reframe how we define people as either hyperactive or energetic.  The term hyperactive has a negative connotation. In some cases, our education system has associated being “overly active”  with a lack of focus and impulsivity, deeming it something that needs to be addressed by a

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Karen Kaplan, MS

Sometimes it’s easier to choose a path of comfort that doesn’t trigger anxiety, particularly for those with high sensitivity to stimuli. I’m not sure anyone likes to be called inflexible. I’m thinking that those on the autism spectrum just want us to understand how they feel in this world and need us to be patient

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Karen Kaplan, MS

How to support children on the spectrum who may have difficulty understanding why others do not share the same opinions and beliefs. How wonderful it is for a child, teen, or adult to have strong opinions and not be afraid to express them. A commitment to accomplishing something can be admirable, but how do we

in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Karen Kaplan, MS

While parents in general might spend time worrying about what their child’s college major will be, parents of children with autism and other differences are focused on where and how their children are going to live. Today, there are a greater number of students living with significant disabilities and residing at home with their families

in Transitioning to Adulthood by Karen Kaplan, MS

When firefighters are called, the situation is usually very dangerous. They have to move fast to keep everyone safe. The general community understands how to respond when firefighters are on the scene. But those with autism, maybe even your son or daughter, don’t necessarily know what to do. So parents need to be proactive, not

in Autism Safety by Karen Kaplan, MS

Officers are generally trained to follow standard procedures. Most are not aware how autism may manifest differently than might be expected. Many officers could avoid making serious mistakes with a little bit of knowledge. Those who live each day on the spectrum don’t always respond well to standard procedures surrounding interaction, so communication with a

in Autism Safety by Karen Kaplan, MS