Many children struggle with picky eating at some point, but children with autism may have feeding issues that go above and beyond just being a picky eater. Tackling autism and food issues can be major stressors for families; not only does it have the potential for being disruptive to family life but it may lead to malnutrition, constipation, and other medical issues in severe cases. Working on feeding problems can be a daunting task but there are effective, evidence-based interventions that can help!
The work we do is important. Keeping current is just as important. Many of us at Thrive Autism Solutions serve as officers of Arkansas Association for Behavior Analysis, which we refer to ask ArkABA. We work together to support each other and encourage innovation and advancements in this field. We are so proud to sponsor this upcoming annual conference from ArkABA and we hope you will attend.
Two words that strike fear in most parents are toilet and training.
Toilet training, or "potty training", can be a scary process for any family but it may be particularly challenging for families of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research shows that children diagnosed with autism are often delayed in achieving toilet training success and that it may take more time to complete the toilet training process than other children. Potential barriers may include language deficits that may make it difficult for the child to say “I need to go potty!”, difficulty dressing and undressing when it is time to go, change in routines leading to negative behavior, or having aversions to the noises, smells, and bright lights that are associated with bathroom time.
If you’ve ever felt the fear of realizing that your child is missing, you know it is a feeling you never forget. Parents know, and research confirms, that children with autism are more likely to “wander” or “elope” – in other words, they will leave their house or immediate area without alerting an adult.
Applied Behavior Analysis, or “ABA,” is the use of scientific principles of behavior and learning to change or improve a child’s interactions with other people and items in his or her environment. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence based practice, meaning decades of research have shown that the strategies are effective in changing behavior. We know this to be true, because a good Applied Behavior Analysis program has specific goals and data to support whether a child is making progress towards those goals!
A recent article in “The Atlantic” highlighted a positive trend among top American employers – companies recognizing the benefit of, and seeking out, employees with autism.
Many companies strive to have a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and hiring individuals with autism is just one way to achieve such neurodiversity. In the last year, several major companies have developed job training programs, including the accounting firm EY (formerly Ernest & Young), Microsoft, and Ford Motor Company’s “FordInclusiveWorks.”
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Behavioral interventions have proven useful in teaching a wide variety of skills in children and adults alike. Perhaps one of the most documented groups of people to benefit from ABA therapy has been young children with autism spectrum disorders. The quote below from the 2007 article in the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics summarizes those outcomes:
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The answer to this question is of course… it depends. Over the past 15 years, many changes have occurred around insurance coverage for children with autism at both the state and federal levels. There are so many variables at play; specific questions about coverage must be answered on an individual case basis. The first task would be to call your insurance company and ask about whether your plan
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Help! My child freaks out when I try to cut his hair. Is he destined to be a long haired hippy or can systematic desensitization work for us?
All kids balk at certain activities they must participate in. You'd be hard pressed to find a preschooler who participates willingly the first time they visit the dentist or who sits perfectly for their first haircut. For kids who have autism, these routine rites of passage and many other regular daily activities pose huge problems.
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