a child works on her listener responding skills

Helping Children Who Struggle with Listening Responding Skills

The human experience is rooted in communication. Every day, we rely on our ability to listen and respond to one another’s verbal cues. This ability to listen and respond is called listener respond or LR in the world of autism therapy. For children with autism spectrum disorder language skills like listener responding may develop slowly…

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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…

a child with autism works on language skills

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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Popular Autism Apps

Which autism apps are the right fit for your child? Many children with autism spectrum disorder either have difficulties with communication. In some cases, they may be entirely nonverbal. Thanks to technology, an increasing number of resources are being developed to give children a better chance at communication, self-expression, and language development. aba|tools is a…