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Rob Bernstein

Rob Bernstein, an educational therapist specializing in autism spectrum disorders, gives you hands-on suggestions for handling your child’s behavioral issues. Rob uses a cognitive approach to understand what’s underlying the behaviors so that the issues can be resolved. He has over three decades of experience working with individuals with problematic behaviors including tantrums, repetitive behaviors, self-destructive behaviors, hitting, cursing, miscommunication and non-communication, school issues, and difficulties relating to others.

Ways You Can Help a Child with Autism Find His or Her Voice

Ways You Can Help a Child with Autism Find His or Her Voice https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-you-can-find-voice/

When we think of “finding one’s voice” we often think of a writer seeking the most natural and fluent way to express him or herself. When it comes to autism, “finding one’s voice” is more literal: we are often literally teaching a child to speak who has never spoken before or teaching a child to […]

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HELP: How Do I Stop My Son With Autism From Biting When He’s Angry?

HELP: How Do I Stop My Son With Autism From Biting When He's Angry? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-son-biting-when-angry/

Dear Rob, My son used to bang his head but he has stopped. For the past two months, he has been pushing and biting children in the classroom for no reason. At home, he is trying to bite us when he gets angry about not getting what he wants. Please tell me why he is […]

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HELP: My Child With Autism Curses and Has Tantrums

HELP: My Child With Autism Curses and Has Tantrums https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-curses-and-has-tantrums/

Dear Rob, Hello I have a seven-year-old with autism and he has bad tantrums and curses. I’m a single mom, what can I do to stop this and help him grow out of it?  — Brissa Dear Brissa, Along with the many well-intentioned efforts to understand, manage and treat the special needs child, there have […]

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Q&A HELP: My Non-Verbal Child Laughs After He Hits People

Q&A HELP: My Non-Verbal Child Laughs After He Hits People https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-laughs-after-hitting-people/

Question: My non-verbal four-year-old son started hitting people and himself and laughing. We thought he was just testing us, but the behavior has gotten worse over the past few months. We don’t know how to make him understand that he can’t do this. I think he’s frustrated because he can’t speak.—Christian Answer: This story is […]

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How Do You Teach Your Child With Autism Self-Esteem?

How Do You Teach Your Child With Autism Self-Esteem? http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-self-esteem/

How do I teach my kid to accept who he is with autism and help him reach his fullest potential to live a fulfilling life? – Raja Dear Raja, Having a healthy self-esteem is perhaps the single most important aspect of a person, and I believe it can be taught. In fact, my favorite presentation […]

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Help: Why Has Our Teen with Autism Stopped Talking to Us?

Help: Why Has Our Teen with Autism Stopped Talking to Us? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-teen-stopped-talking

Dear Rob, I have an 18-year-old teen daughter who has stopped talking to us, her parents, and has become socially isolated. She graduated from high school and is taking a gap year. I feel desperate and we must rely on ourselves to help her because we can’t afford professional help. — Marlene Dear Marlene: This […]

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Do You Need to Be a Special Ed Teacher to Homeschool a Child with ASD?

Do You Need to Be a Special Ed Teacher to Homeschool a Child with ASD? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-education-teacher-homeschooling-autism

Dear Rob… I sure hope you are able to give me some advice. My eight-year-old son has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, stress, and anxiety. The school will listen, but does nothing to help as far as changing his Individualized Education Program (IEP) for behavior issues. I am doubting myself […]

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