Families of individuals with autism understand the daily struggle of everyday tasks and interactions. For siblings, understanding how to interact with that family member can be challenging. Young children often don’t know how to react to a sibling with autism. They may shy away from that sibling and not want to participate in activities. When supporting a child with autism in your family, it can be helpful to know how to help everyone better understand their sibling with autism.
Imagine a trip to the dentist or doctor’s office when you already suffer from heightened sensory experiences or are unable to communicate. Would that environment feel comforting or would you fear the worst?
It is BACK TO SCHOOL time! The start of school is both a time of joy and a time of caution for parents of children with autism as they know the challenges that come with adjusting to changing schedules. For teachers, the start of a new school year brings new opportunities.
Having your child with autism travel can be a challenging task and can limit your experiences as a family. Those challenges may increase when traveling with children with autism. Be prepared, it may require a few more steps.
When starting applied behavior analysis therapy (ABA) with your child, you are introduced to a whole new world of terms and acronyms which can be very confusing. An extremely common acronym is ABC or ABC data. ABC refers to a behavior sequence and stands for Antecedents Behaviors and Consequences. Taking data on the ABCs is important because it helps your treatment team understand why problem behavior occurs. It is also important to help us track the effectiveness of behavior interventions. Below we break down two of three components of the ABCs; the antecedents and the consequents.
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Thrive Autism Solutions is now open in Little Rock, Arkansas! We are pleased to be the largest ABA therapy provider in Arkansas and Missouri. We are beyond excited to bring our top quality therapy programs and support services to the families of Little Rock and surrounding area.
CARF is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which means that they are in charge of ensuring that the health and human service companies you use for personal and family services are going to provide you the highest standard of care possible.
CARF and the organizations that have earned accreditation believe you deserve quality services, and that you should not only be fully informed about those services, but also have a choice in how those services are carried out.
As a care provider for your family, Thrive wants to make sure we are the best we can possibly be, and we do that by learning from the best. That’s why our organization is a member of CASP, or the Council of Autism Service Providers.
We love the month of April!
It is a special time of year when we get to bring more awareness to an issue close to our hearts, Autism.
For over 50 years, the month of April has been bringing to light the importance of educating others about Autism. Since the first National Autism Awareness month in 1970, participants from around the globe have been working to raise awareness about Autism. In 1970 every 1 in 2000 children were impacted by Autism. Today, that rate is 1 in 68 children. As rates increase, so does the greater need for more knowledge and understanding of how to support those living with Autism.
Many parents express concern over how to “do therapy” when their child is not in an ABA session. Finding the balance between being Mom and practicing skills can seem impossible at times, and well-meaning Moms and Dads worry about missing out on teaching opportunities once their ABA team has gone home. While there is often a time and a place for more structured learning opportunities, parents shouldn’t feel pressure to schedule mini-therapy sessions with flashcards at the dinner table. Incorporating teaching opportunities into everyday life can be quick, easy, and fun!