Helping People with Autism Stay Safe & Enjoy Outdoor Events
Now that it's summertime, there are a lot of outdoor activities that can be fun and enjoyable, but summer can also disrupt routines and present safety concerns. We've made a list of fun activities for you and your child with safety in mind. Click to read more.
Summer Activities that Support Development and Well-Being of Children with Autism
With the summer months approaching, it can be an exciting time for the family. However, it can also be a transitional time for kids with autism. In this blog, we're providing fun, well-rounded activities for the whole family.
Is My Child Ready to Transition from ABA to a School Environment?
If it's time to make the transition from ABA therapy to a school environment, there can be a lot of factors to consider. We've provided some tips to help make it a positive transition for your child. Keep reading to learn more.
Anxiety and ASD
If your child with autism also experiences anxiety, it can be challenging to treat and care for both disorders. However, proper care for both can enhance your child's quality of life. Keep reading to learn more information.
Autism or ADHD? How to differentiate between the two
ASD and ADHD can often appear to have similar symptoms, but it’s important to know that these two disorders are different from each other. In this article, we’re breaking down the key differences between the two. Keep reading to learn more.
Autism and Impact on Mental Health
People with autism spectrum disorder are more prone to mental health issues which can create more challenges for them and their families. Click to read more about the relationship between autism and mental health and tips for supporting your family member with autism.
What To Do After Finding Out Your Child Has Autism
If your child has recently been diagnosed with autism, it can be helpful to know some steps to take after the initial diagnosis. We've gathered a few things that could help you and your family navigate having a child with autism.
Top 5 Myths About Autism Spectrum Disorder: Misconceptions About ASD
Autism can be a challenging diagnosis, but misconceptions and myths can make it even harder for those who have autism. In this blog, we're breaking down myths and misconceptions and giving you facts about ASD.
Boys Vs. Girls with Autism; Gender Differences in Males & Females with ASD
Males and females that are diagnosed with autism can present similar traits and symptoms, however, boys and girls don't always experience their diagnosis in the same ways. In this blog, we're breaking down key differences between males and females with autism.
Strengths & Abilities in Children with Autism
While children with autism have struggles, they also have great strengths and capabilities that might be overlooked. We want to highlight and point out the capabilities they have and how they can be beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about their unique strengths and abilities.
Supporting Healthy Sleep in Children with Autism
Healthy sleep is important for everyone, especially children with autism. However, children with autism can have greater difficulty getting ready for bed, falling asleep, and staying asleep. We've compiled tips and strategies to help you and your child create and maintain a healthy sleep routine.
Best Books by Age for Kids with Autism or ASD | Pre-Schoolers to Young Adults
Kids with autism spectrum disorder (also known as ASD or autism) are unique. Every child has his own abilities, her own interests, and their own needs. To help you navigate the plethora of options for kids on the spectrum, we have identified some books that can be helpful for children across all ages – from toddlers to young adults.
Cost of ABA Therapy for Autism
ABA therapy costs for autism can vary from child to child. While there are several ways to pay for therapy, there might be one that works best for you and your family. Keep reading to learn more about covering the costs for ABA therapy.
Aggression in Children with Autism? How to Manage Aggressive Behavior
Aggressive behaviors are common in children with autism and can pose many challenges when trying to manage them. It can be exhausting, tiring, stressful, and frightening. Here are some effective strategies for managing this type of behavior.
7 Ways to Teach Independent Living Skills to Kids with Autism
Learning daily living skills can be challenging for many children but children with autism can have an even more challenging time learning these important skills. Living independently is most likely something you and your child both strive to achieve so we've compiled some tips and skills to help you and your child on the journey to independent living.
How to Maintain Good Oral Health for Kids with Autism
February is National Children's Dental Health Month so we'd like to provide some resources to help you and your child with autism succeed at teeth brushing. Dental hygiene might not be your child's favorite thing to do but if it's overlooked, it can lead to dental and overall health issues. Keep reading to learn how to make this necessary activity more maintainable and enjoyable.
Black History Month: 10 Books Celebrating Black Culture
Read stories that pay tribute to African-American culture and highlight the achievements of some well-known stalwarts of history who overcame adversities to make an impact on society.
Black History Month: Celebrating 5 African-American People on the Autism Spectrum
Celebrating African-Americans for Black History Month who were diagnosed with autism. We'll look at five individuals and how they succeeded despite the hardships they faced with their diagnosis and race.
Is Your Child Repeating Words or Phrases? Understanding Echolalia in Children with Autism
Echolalia is defined as repeated words, phrases, or sentences. Many children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may repeat what they hear familiar people say or repeat lines from their favorite shows. Children with echolalia often use it to communicate with you and other people. Keep reading to learn more about echolalia and strategies to address it.
A Day in the Life of a BCBA
What does a BCBA do? What exactly does a day in the life of a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst look like?
Picky Eating: 7 Ways to Introduce Your Child with Autism to New Foods
Picky eating is a common issue seen in children with autism spectrum disorder. This could be serious issue that could lead to physical health concerns or developmental issues as well as deficiencies in specific nutrients.
Kids with Autism: Top Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Travel
Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for the whole family, but children with autism can experience additional stressors that can make it even harder to navigate. We've compiled some tips to help you and your family have a more enjoyable time while traveling this holiday season.
Autism Sensory Overload During Holidays: How Can You Prevent It?
The holidays can be stressful for children with autism and their families for a variety of reasons, including sensory overload. Some examples of sensory overload can include new decor and twinkling lights, music, and more. We've compiled some tips and strategies to help you prevent and reduce sensory overload during the holiday season.
7 Tips to Help Children with ASD Improve Eye Contact
Lack of eye contact could is a common symptom of Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Here are some ways you can help your child improve and maintain eye contact during interaction with others.
5 Tips to Prepare Your Child with Autism to Enjoy the 2021 Holiday Season
The holiday season is typically expected to be full of happy and joyful times. However, it can bring many challenges for children with autism as well as for their parents. Keep reading to learn tips and strategies for an enjoyable holiday season.
Non-Speaking Autism: How to Improve Communication Skills in Children with ASD
If you are a parent who has a child with autism who isn’t able to use words to express their thoughts, feelings, needs, and wants, you might be looking for strategies to help improve your child’s communication skills. Keep reading to learn skills and strategies for you and your child.
Autism and Language Development: How Parents Can Help Their Children Communicate
Children with autism often have speech and language delays. Here are some time-tested strategies how parents can help expand their child's language skills and build communication.
A Parent's Guide to Toilet Training a Child with Autism
Toilet training is a necessary skill for childen with autism to learn, but it can also be a challenging process for the parent and child. Keep reading to learn more about how to successfully potty train your child.
Open Enrollment 2022: Parent Guide for ABA Therapy Coverage
The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is a limited time during the year when families can sign up for new health insurance or change their current insurance. If you do not currently have insurance or if your current insurance does not cover the cost of ABA, this is the perfect time to review your options to make sure you have the best ABA coverage for 2022.
8 Easy Tips for Children with Autism to Enjoy Halloween
Halloween is a fun time of the year for many families, but this season can also bring about several unpleasant factors for children with autism. Below are some tips to make the most of this Halloween season with your family.
Types of Sensory Issues in Autism: Examples and Treatment Options
Autism spectrum disorder is often associated with sensory challenges. Although the DSM-V criteria for the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder does not specifically state that people with autism always experience sensory challenges, this credible diagnostic manual does point out that sensory challenges can be a trait of ASD.
Traveling with a Child with Autism
Traveling with children can be stressful. Whether your family is traveling to go on vacation or to visit relatives or friends during holiday season, traveling can bring its own set of challenges. Traveling with a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can involve unique experiences that not all families encounter.
Do's and Don’ts After an Autism Diagnosis
An autism diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience for many parents. It can be nerve-racking not knowing what lies ahead and what the autism diagnosis will lead to, even if you've already suspected your child of having autism and you've been coping with things for some time. The experience of getting an autism diagnosis puts a label on what has been going on for your child.
Self-Care & Stress Management Tips for Parents of Children with Autism and Special Needs
Caring for another person, no matter who that person is, requires mental, emotional, and physical energy from the caregiver. If you are caring for an elderly parent, a client or customer at work, a child with autism or even a child without disabilities, or even simply when you’re doing things for your spouse or a friend, it all requires you to give your time and energy for the other person.
Tips for Supporting Students with Autism Transitioning from Virtual to In-Person Learning
Strategies and helpful tips to help your child transition back to into the in-person classroom.
Summer Activities for Children with Autism
Summer’s here and I would like to offer parents some ideas on keeping kids, especially those on the spectrum, occupied outdoors. These can be individual or group settings. If needed, we can also include some indoor activities for the 100 degree days!
How Parents Can Help Their Child With Autism to Thrive
You can help your child be the best version of themselves and live a great life by supporting their unique identity, personal strengths, and implementing effective strategies to improve their skills and development.
Autism Screening for Children: Top Testing and Assessment Options
Wondering whether a child has autism might bring up a wave of different thoughts and emotions for parents. Fortunately, the process of learning more about a child and finding out whether he or she qualifies for a diagnosis of autism can be easier if parents understand the available autism testing and screening options.
Top Things Parents Should NOT Do With a Child With Autism
In this article, we will explore some of the things that parents and other caregivers, such as teachers or childcare providers, should not do when it comes to caring for and teaching a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Concerned About Your Child's Behavior? Proven strategies that work
We will be exploring different ways that parents can realistically use consequences to reduce maladaptive (challenging or disruptive) behaviors or increase adaptive (more acceptable) behaviors in their children.
Top Parent Concerns For Children With Autism & What You Can Do
Whether you suspect that your child has autism, or you have just received a diagnosis, you are not alone. You probably have some concerns about your child’s well-being, their behaviors, and their development.
Concerned about Autism? Identifying Common Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms related to Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD vary between individuals but there are some traits that are more common and prevalent across those with the condition. We’ll go over the most common characteristics of autism and share real examples of what these might look like for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Guide to Autism: For Parents and Physicians
April is World Autism Month or Autism Awareness Month. The goal of this milestone month is to educate and inform people about the condition that affects so many in our society.
Top Autism Blogs of 2021
If you are a parent raising a child with autism or an adult learning how to progress through life living with the condition, there are many wonderful resources available to assist you in your journey.
Now Accepting SoonerCare at Our Oklahoma ABA Centers
Behavioral Innovations is excited to announce that we will be accepting Soonercare™ at all our locations in Oklahoma.
Transitioning Back to School During the Pandemic: Considerations for Children on the Spectrum
Here we talk about several considerations for children on the spectrum during this transition.
Activities by Age to Encourage Independent Play
Here are a few suggested activities to get started on helping your child develop this important skill.
Autism in the Arts
Movie review - Spectrum: A Story of the Mind
5 Common Myths and Misconceptions About ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy
How does ABA really reinforce behavior? How long has ABA therapy been used? This article clears up common misunderstandings around ABA therapy.
Frequently Used ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Terms
This guide defines common ABA terms that may be unfamiliar to people starting their journey.
Autism Screening – Using the M-CHAT Autism Checklist
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders: the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that it may affect 1 out of 59 kids in the US.
Knowing Our Children
Our children may have our genes but they are also unique and different in their own ways. How can we better understand our special needs children and their abilities?
Our Hopes and Dreams
All parents, new or experienced, carry hopes and dreams for our children. We envision what our children will be like, their temperament, character, future, abilities, and even specific ideas of careers.
This toolkit published by Autism Speaks is an informational guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).