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Autism Specialists Available Near Me or Online

Finding useful aba resources can feel overwhelming. Knowing where to find tools, specialists, and resources that fit your child, family, and financial needs can often be the first difficult step when working with an autism diagnosis. For many, online tools and resources are the most practical and convenient way to support your entire family without…

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How Do I Teach Verbal Behavior?

Verbal behavior is our ability to speak our needs and respond to others with easily understood language. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), verbal behavior can be challenging. Some may struggle to articulate words, have underdeveloped muscles in the neck, throat, and mouth, or don’t verbally communicate at all. Symptoms of speech delays can…

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How to Safely Manage Self-Injury in Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Repetitive motions like arm flapping, nodding, and stomping may be early signs of autism spectrum disorder. These movements have the potential to escalate into more violent behavior, causing self-injury. Violence and self-injury can be the most difficult symptoms of autism spectrum disorder witness and experience. While rather common, these behaviors are considered nonsuicidal, often involving…

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What Is Listener Responding?

Communication is rooted in our ability to listen and respond to one another’s verbal cues. We answer questions, follow directions, and voice our own opinions by listening to others who, in turn, listen to us. For those with autism spectrum disorder, language skills like listener responding may develop more slowly or need language skills training…

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Taking a Proactive Approach to Language Skills

Language and communication barriers are one of the greatest challenges for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their loved ones. Those with ADS may have trouble understanding language and responding to oral cues and questions. Others may have trouble expressing their needs in response to questions or struggle to follow oral directions. These challenges cause…

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How Is Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosed?

Autism spectrum disorder covers a wide scope of developmental challenges affecting at least one percent of the global population. Like many disorders, autism cannot be diagnosed by a simple blood test. Through behavioral observation, symptom tracking, and autism screening, doctors and therapists diagnose children and adults across the autism spectrum. Others may not speak at…

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 What Is Non-Verbal Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder covers a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders. This may include communication and speech delays and difficulty articulating or understanding language. These difficulties with receptive language, the ability to understand spoken words may result in self-isolation or atypical verbal behavior at a young age. Every learner on the autism spectrum presents different strengths…

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Ways to Communicate with Children with High-Functioning Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ADS) can present symptoms in children as young as six months of age. Often these symptoms make both verbal and non-verbal communication difficult. While some children on the autism spectrum may not speak at all, others may have difficulty physically articulating language. Many children with ADS have trouble understanding body language and…

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What Is the Verbal Matrix® and How Does it Work?

Difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication are some of the leading challenges for children with autism spectrum disorder (ADS). Communication struggles can present symptoms in children as young as six months of age when children may begin to develop language skills. These children may struggle to mirror their parents, make eye contact, or point at…