If your child receives ABA therapy, you’ve likely heard a whole lot of talk about reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is at the center of what we do and once an effective reinforcer has been identified for your child, you’ll be amazed at how effective this can be! Positive reinforcement can be used to increase any behavior, including potty training, eye contact, communication, play, skills, and so much more!
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.
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.
As awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) spreads, it is becoming increasingly common for many adults to begin to recognize signs and symptoms of autism in themselves and seek out more information. As many of these adults learn, finding information and answers isn’t typically a straightforward and simple process, as resources for adults with autism can be difficult to secure. Frequently, when resources are located, many people find long waitlists for diagnostic evaluations and a lack of professionals providing ongoing support services. Learning more about how autism may impact a person as an adult may be a helpful first step on this journey.
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.
One of the hallmarks of Autism Spectrum Disorder is difficulty related to social interactions. These difficulties can be mild, like difficulty keeping a conversation going, or more intense, like self-isolation. It can be difficult as a parent to feel like your child will have to work harder to have close friendships. Through ABA, we can work to improve social interactions and make it easier for your child to engage with his or her peers.
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.
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.
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!
Here is a report that we hear frequently from families:"Toilet training is going awesome! My child is staying dry for long periods of time and is initiating when he has to pee BUT he is still struggling with having successful bowel movements on the toilet. I know he has to go because he gets really quiet and hides behind the couch but he just can’t seem to figure this out!”