My son, 17, is rubbing his elbows rather harshly against the arms of chairs or the console in the car.  Sometimes it is his knees that are “getting the treatment” and you don’t dare stop him or he will lose it and go into crisis.  I am wondering how to help him with this sensorial

in Sensory Solutions by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

The Internet has been a game changer. It is estimated that 95% of teenagers aged 12-17 are online.While the Internet has connected us to others and made information much more accessible, it also poses a tremendous potential threat to your child’s safety if left to his/her own devices.Essentially, the Internet presents us a means by

in Autism Safety by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Friendships have an important role to play in our overall well-being and quality of life. Unfortunately, many children with autism do not establish friendships and continue to have difficulties doing so once they get into their teen years.  A recent study in the Journal of Autism, reported that teenagers and adults who have a diagnosis

in Social Skills by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Disappointment is all around us, unfortunately.  It is not something that we can avoid.  How it is manifested in our lives is unique to each person.  We cannot always have what we want, when we want it.  As a parent, we often do things to help our children avoid experiencing disappointment, but there will be

in Autism Solutions by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

As the years have progressed in my career working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, I have had the privilege to work with more and more teenagers. I have met some remarkable young men and women with autism who have taught me a lot, and I have had the honor of

in Transitioning to Adulthood by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

The new school year can be a source of stress for many children and even more so for children with autism.  There are new people to meet, new routines to learn, and all the while having to navigate this real-world environment we call school.  Communicating with your child’s teacher is critical to your child’s success. 

in Communication Skills by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Recently Autism Parenting Magazine received a question about an 8-year-old boy with autism who engaged in challenging behavior in a school.  Specifically, a grandparent was worried about the child’s meltdowns which included kicking, hitting and saying some bad words. The person had concerns regarding the effectiveness of what was being done by a Behavior Therapist

in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

For many people, the New Year brings with it a renewed sense of opportunity.  It is a time when many people are setting new goals for personal growth.  Setting goals is also a significant part of any good treatment program that is based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We set goals when we are deciding

in Autism Solutions by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Dressing up is a fun way to teach imaginative play and is often used as a theme at school or daycare. It is also a tradition for those who celebrate Halloween and trick or treating. Recently, my son’s daycare asked that all girls arrive to school in a princess theme costume and all boys arrive

in Autism Safety by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Teaching social skills can be a tricky endeavor because it is a good idea to practice the skills with other kids and in a variety of environments. Unfortunately, many of the families that I have worked with, and that I have read about, do not have many opportunities that are safe and comfortable for them

in Autism Solutions by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Dr. Stephen Shore once said “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”  As many of you know, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are now 1 in 68 children living with autism in the United States.  What this means for each child and his/her family

in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA