Functional independence skills are necessary for daily living and establishing quality of life. For ‘neuro-typical’ individuals, we exercise functional independence every day without thinking much about it. We get ourselves up, bathed, dressed, fed and out the door instinctually. For children with autism, however, these functional skills are often not always innate. It’s important to

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Dr. William Killion, PhD, BCBA

Do an online search for “autism therapy for children,” and you will get more than 90 million results offering everything from applied behavior analysis (ABA), equine therapy, restricted diets, hyperbaric chambers, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and alternating tactile stimulation, to behavioral therapy, chelation, electroconvulsive therapy and much more. Parents want the best for their children

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Stephanie Bates

Is your child with autism passive or sensory seeking? Are there developmental delays? DIR Floortime therapy, an evidence-based intervention for autism, may strengthen basic communication skills and relationship skills for your child. What is DIR Floortime? Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based model (DIR) Floortime was developed by the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan to help children with autism

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Katherine G. Hobbs

Families navigating through the world of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face numerous obstacles throughout everyday life. Events and situations that many people take for granted, such as owning a pet or interacting with a domesticated animal, may pose great challenges. Animals, especially dogs, are an integral part of American culture. As individuals with autism learn

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Kelli Anne Fowler, BCBA, MSE

Encopresis is a common struggle for autistic children. The scientific term comes from the Greek en– (“inside”) and kopros (“stool”).  In other words, “you have poop stuck inside you.”  When simple constipation turns into a hard, dry blockage, soft stool leaks around the block. The child usually can’t control the leakage. Often, the encopresis develops

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An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can be difficult news to hear.  Parents of newly diagnosed children, or adults with autism, actively seek out treatment methods that relieve the anxiety and stress that can accompany autism. When anxiety and stress are relieved, daily functions improve, sometimes dramatically.  One gentle and reliable method that can often

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Bek Wiltbank, MOTR/L

If your child has autism, you are probably quite familiar with sensory processing issues.  Although sensory processing and autism are two separate entities, they often co-exist and each can further complicate the other.  Oftentimes, children with autism have greater difficulties regulating their emotions and behaviors because processing all the sensory stimuli in their world can

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Amy Smith, OTR/L, MA

Horseback riding therapy has been successfully prescribed to treat children and adults with developmental challenges like autism and Asperger’s for several decades now as part of a comprehensive therapeutic package. Scientists concluded long ago that the horse’s multidimensional rhythmic movement, which resembles the natural walking gait of a human, can achieve specific therapeutic outcomes. It

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is closely aligned with autism in that most individuals on the autism spectrum have significant struggles with SPD (autismspeaks.org). Children with sensory impairments find it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, resulting in challenges such as clumsiness, anxiety, and social and behavioral problems.  Additionally, many of them have sensory-related sensitivities

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Randall Redfield

Through my experience working with children with autism, on numerous occasions, I witnessed how music could enhance their speech, language and communication skills. Several times I noted that children with very little speech who had been described to me as almost non-verbal, could easily recall words from songs. I carried out research for a PhD

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Adam Reece, PhD, MSc

As the identification of autism is on the rise, now 1 in 68 children according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), parents, educators and other professionals continue to be faced with the challenges of supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the home, school and community settings. Common challenges children with ASD face

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in Autism Therapies and Treatments by Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Autism Parenting Magazine is thrilled to provide readers with highlights from a recent interview by Debi Taylor with Dina Kimmel, CEO, and founder of We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym. This extraordinary gym provides a safe, nurturing, and exciting environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through the nonprofit known as My Brother

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We are proud to announce the release of Leslie Burby’s latest book, Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies. The book provides a practical guide about how to identify the early signs in:· Speech Repetition Play Fixations Gastrointestinal complications Feeding Sensory Processing It highlights the developmental milestones that your child should be reaching from

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