At Thrive, one of our primary goals is to make learning fun. The first step towards this for us is to work hard to build great rapport with our clients! Our hope is that, at the end of the day, through fun and effective ABA, our clients will increase not only their assessment scores, but also their happiness and the happiness of their families.
Bullying and teasing is a very real fear for children with autism and their parents. While many parents and teachers offer suggestions with the best of intentions, it’s often horrible advice – and our teens and preteens know it! Just tell the teacher? Ask them to stop teasing me? Unfortunately, in most situations, we are setting our teens up for further social stigma.
Are you concerned about your child’s development? Do you think your child might be showing signs of autism? Although the signs of autism can be complicated and specific to each child, parents should always trust their instincts. There are ways to find answers to alleviate or confirm any suspicions you may have. If you think your child might be showing signs of autism, there is a screening tool to help you find guidance.
At Thrive Autism Solutions, our values are at the core of everything we do. One of these values is to “give hope through knowledge.” Whether it’s walking a family who’s coming to terms with a new autism diagnosis through the importance of early intervention, or collaborating with them to address a long-standing behavior concern, connecting our families to the resources they need is one of our favorite parts of our jobs.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes many villages to provide quality services to children with special needs. Each village is made up of professionals with specific knowledge. They speak different languages and have different rules, but children receive the best services when everyone works together. Providers also benefit, gaining skills and building relationships with each other. This collaboration is so important it has a name - coordination of care.
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.
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.
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.