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.
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!