If you’re parenting a child with autism, you may have come across the term “discriminative stimulus” in relation to behavior therapy or techniques to use at home – but what does it really mean and how can this method be applied? This article offers an overview of discriminative stimulus and outlines some examples of how

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

Read on as we bust the common misconception that individuals on the autism spectrum lack empathy.  Empathy, humanity’s oldest trait, is the magical, yet natural, human ability to deeply understand those around us; to walk in their shoes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this always came naturally to us and to our children? There are

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Mimi Nicklin, 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

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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

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

When children with autism act out and misbehave at home or in school, it can be due to a number of things going on in their lives, but it can also be due to the fact they have ASD and therefore struggle to express themselves. Sometimes a child with autism is unable to explain what

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

Parents of children with autism collectively share concerns over outbursts, aggressive behaviors, social and developmental delays, and the need for better training and understanding of autism in our communities. Having an understanding of what autism is and what it can look like can help you learn what triggers your child specifically, to help reduce tantrums

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Carol Tatom, RBT

What is EIBI? Well, according to research, it’s an intervention that can help children with autism decrease negative behaviors and increase positive behaviors. EIBI is considered one of the best intensive behavioral interventions for toddlers aged five and below. Read on to understand what this early intervention program is and why it might be a

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

I have a question regarding my son who is nine-years-old and has high functioning autism. Whenever he gets frustrated, he uses inappropriate words. For example, he doesn’t like to take a bath. If I say, “You should go to the bathtub before the timer goes off,” he says, “I’ll break the timer.” If the bus

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

Stimming, which is a nickname for “self-stimulatory behavior” is a repetitive behavior such as head banging, hand flapping, rocking, or making noises or sounds that helps a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to self-soothe. In the case of vocal stimming (or verbal stimming), the child might make noises such as groaning, grunting, high- pitched

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Sharon Longo

If you’re an autism parent, it’s likely you have come across the term “vicarious reinforcement”. But what does it mean? Well, reinforcement in psychology involves recognizing and rewarding good behavior to motivate such behavior to be repeated. So, vicarious reinforcement is about a person’s tendency to copy the behaviors they have witnessed others being rewarded

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

Repetitive and restrictive behavior are among the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). However, the mechanisms behind repetitive behaviors in autism have proven quite challenging to understand. Although some experts suggest that these behaviors in children with ASD result from an attention deficit, others are convinced children with autism have abnormalities in the motor

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) is a type of behavioral therapy based on methods used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Founded on the Denver Model, which is used to assist older children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ESDM is an early intervention program for children ranging from 12 months to 4 years.  Toddlers learn and

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Sharon Longo

Most children on the autism spectrum have experienced several meltdowns. As parents, and we all know it’s nothing near like a tantrum of a neurotypical child. No way near at all. The meltdowns range from the calm ones where the child tends to stay in one place, maybe just screaming, to the more tantrum-like, where

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Cecilie Aslaksen

To an outsider, a child with autism having a meltdown might appear like a child having a temper tantrum, but the circumstances are often more complex than what meets the eye. Those who have cared for a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will know a meltdown is handled differently and with intimate knowledge of

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kim Barloso, AB

Headbanging may be a scary and upsetting thing to watch your child do. It is considered a self-injurious behavior (SIB),  but SIB’s and/or headbanging are NOT considered a core symptom of autism, although children with autism are at greater risk of SIB’s such as head-banging. It is also important to note that just because your

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

  If you’re an autism parent, it is likely you’ve seen your child present repetitive self stimulatory behaviours such as hand flapping, spinning, and shaking. These behaviors can be worrying if they’re not fully understood and questions running through your mind might be: why does stimming happen and how can it be managed? In this

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kim Barloso, AB

The hardest part of treating people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is observing self-injurious behavior. It is especially difficult for the individual’s family and carers to witness them hurting themselves with such aggression when they do not always understand the reason or cause of the trigger. Therefore, I take my clients’ needs very seriously, and

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Meltdowns are often caused by sensory issues. The world is often too loud, too bright, too stinky, or too silent. Even if a meltdown is triggered by something else, adrenaline will heighten our senses more. This is a natural survival instinct, but people with autism go into survival mode more often. This leads to a

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Anika Smith

Every parent has experienced the embarrassment, frustration, and exhaustion of a child’s temper tantrum. It doesn’t matter what is the diagnosis or developmental stage—and it happens to both the novice and most experienced parents. Inevitably, if you have a child, you will find yourself trying to manage behavioral outbursts. If you’re a parent of a

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Alescia Ford-Lanza, MS, OTR/L, ATP

I have a 20-year-old son with Asperger’s syndrome.  He has just started the workforce and tried college but failed all of his classes. He was recently laid off from his employment and is now on unemployment.  He lives in his own apartment and pays his own bills. The problem I’m having is he has meltdowns almost

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Angelina M., MS, BCBA, LMFT

In a recent study it was found that as many as 30% of children on the autism spectrum engage in self-injurious behaviour like head banging or skin picking. This an alarming issue for families with children on the autism spectrum. In this guide we discuss the causes and strategies to help your child reduce self-injurious behavior.

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

As a pediatric occupational therapist and a mother, I try my best to fully understand each child and his/her sensory needs, both at home and in my practice.  Children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) tend to experience sensory overload or adverse reactions to sensory input more frequently than typically

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Kimberly Z. Syers, BAPSY, MOT

Question: Why Do Children Engage in Head Banging? Answer: Headbanging and autism can be a disturbing combination. While it’s terrifying to witness as a parent, it’s important to note it’s a surprisingly common behavior in many children with autism. Up to 20 percent of babies and toddlers bang their heads purposefully. Among them, boys are

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in Autism Behavioral Solutions by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA