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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and alternative communication or AAC are communication methods that can be used to supplement or replace common communication modes (i.e., writing or speech). AAC can be used with individuals with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language. There are various types of AAC systems that can help individuals communicate: Unaided …

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Perfect Pairings?

If you were asked to describe your relationships how would you respond? Would you say they are Healthy? Challenging? Complicated? Fair weathered? or Distant? When we think of our relationships, we tend to consider friends or family. Rarely, do we stop to evaluate our “relationships” with our service providers or para-professionals that interact with us …

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Bullying

Bullying is a prevalent topic; more so these days considering that children are constantly being physically and or verbally harassed at school. “The estimated rates of bullying and victimization worldwide vary from 5 to 38% for girls and from 6 to 41% for boys (Due et al. 2005).” This can be considerably problematic when children …

Video Modeling

Video modeling has been used as an instructional approach to teaching individuals of various ages and varying types and degrees of disability. This method can be defined as a procedure in which a learner is shown a videotape of a model performing a target behavior or completing a desired task. The learner may have to …

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Sports and Special Needs

Participating in sports is beneficial for children all ages and all levels of abilities.   Not only does it provide an opportunity for socialization, it teaches team building skills and gives children the opportunity to preform and shine for their fans!  Kids may protest going to practice, putting on the tight or itchy uniforms, standing in …

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“How Helping Parents Helps Children”

Most parents of children with disabilities or chronic health problems suffer a great deal of stress. It is not easy to be the parent of a child on the autism spectrum. There are many reasons why parents with children with autism experience high levels of stress and depression. Being a parent is not easy. Parents …

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The Consistent ABA Program: Turnover Vs. Overturned?

One thing we know for certain is that consistency equals success. If your child has participated in a 1:1 home ABA program than surely you understand the importance of consistency. Imagine this image of “consistency”: you begin services with consistent team meetings where everyone is clearly on the same page, your supervisor provides weekly and …

The Importance of Social Skills

Social skills have become a popular topic in the Autism world.  Many parents find themselves wondering how important are social skills in my child’s life?  Social skills “are those behaviors which within a given situation predict important social outcomes” (J. Krempa, K. Mckinnon, 2002).  They are the rules and expectations of society and everyday life …

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Ask An ABA Therapist

A Trained ABA Therapist Answers a Parent’s Most Common Questions By Megan Kenny No training could prepare me for the lessons I learned during my six years as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist interacting with and studying the autistic mind. Especially humbling was the pain and helplessness that parents can feel after diagnosis. I …

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Federal Judge Rules Medicaid Must Cover ABA

Federal Judge Rules Medicaid Must Cover ABA Monday, March 26, 2012Autism Speaks Lorri Unumb, Esq., Vice President, State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks Dan Unumb, Esq., Director of Litigation, South Carolina Legal Services We have been following a significant autism Medicaid case before a federal judge in Florida and about a month ago began consulting with …