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Apr 292012
Info on our new app for Android phones: Behavior management on the go!

Let’s Go! Plus allows parents to quickly establish a fun and easy to use behavior management plan when going out to common activities.   Our free Let’s Go! app covers five activities: going to a store, going to a restaurant, going in a car, going to worship, and going to a birthday party. Let’s Go! […]

Jul 232011
8 ways to help an autism spectrum child who is afraid to be alone

I see many ASD kids who have high anxiety about being in a room by themselves, leading to an inability to go to the bathroom or even to their own bedroom alone. This fear often leads children in this situation to insist that someone else accompany them everywhere they go. What can be done, other […]

Jul 192011
5 ways to help an autism spectrum child tolerate route changes in the car

One of the diagnostic criteria for ASDs is difficulty with changes in routine. Therefore it is not surprising that if you change the driving route you take from one place to another that your ASD child may get anxious or frustrated. Routines help ASD children (and all of us, at times) feel safe and secure. […]

Jul 092011
When a young Autism Spectrum child goes to Residential Treatment

Sending your child to residential treatment can be both a heartbreak and a great hope for new possibilities. I have been involved in that decision for many children and teens. Today’s post is for a new acquaintance who is planning for that transition next month, and who requested a story to help her young child […]

Jul 082011
Keeping autism spectrum runners safe

I had a request from a reader (thanks for following me Jen!) asking me to address the topic of ASD children who are runners. Although my focus is to look at it from the behavioral side, I first suggest thinking of the safety issues. Check out the website AWAARE Collaboration  (AWAARE = Autism Wandering Awareness […]

Jul 052011
Family Reunion Survival Plans for Children on the Autism Spectrum (part 2)

In yesterday’s post, I discussed supplies (a “survival kit”) that families could take when bringing their ASD child to a big family event such a family reunion. Today I want to discuss other kinds of plans that can be helpful. Visual Schedule I made brief mention of bringing a visual schedule. Make sure to map out […]

Jul 042011
Family Reunion Survival Kits for Children on the Autism Spectrum

I live and work in Utah, where family reunions are big annual events. So many of the families I know are bringing their ASD child to a family reunion and hoping for the best. I suggest planning for the best, rather than hoping for the best, and recommend bringing a survival kit of helpful supplies. […]