Celebrating Independence Day with Autism: Understanding Fireworks Sensitivities
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by Administrator
1w ago
As the 4th of July approaches, many families eagerly anticipate the colorful explosions of fireworks lighting up the night sky. For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), however, these festivities can pose significant challenges. Understanding why some kids with autism struggle with fireworks and how families can support them is crucial for creating an inclusive and enjoyable holiday experience. Why Do Kids with Autism Struggle with Fireworks? Sound Sensitivity: Fireworks can be really loud and unpredictable, which might overwhelm kids with autism who are sensitive to sound. The sudden ..read more
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Navigating New: A Parent’s Journey Through an Autism Diagnosis
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by Administrator
1w ago
I remember the uncertainty I felt leading up to the moment of my son’s diagnosis. Why isn’t he talking? Am I at fault? How come he doesn’t respond to his name the way other children do? What do we do? Oh, how the game of comparison was heavy and hard. My husband and I were fortunate to have a friend who had a special needs kiddo of her own and was able to give us somewhat of an idea on how to advocate for our son. I remember feeling so lost and overwhelmed as I looked for help, answers, and guidance. When did the internet become a giant black hole? We sat on a waitlist for months just for our ..read more
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5 Essential Tips for a Successful Family Vacation with an Autistic Child
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by Administrator
1M ago
Planning a family vacation can be one of the most exciting yet daunting tasks for parents. The thrill of exploring new places and creating cherished memories is a powerful motivator. However, for parents of a child with autism, this excitement is often accompanied by a sense of nervousness. Will my child transition smoothly? How will they regulate their emotions and manage the overwhelming changes in the environment? These questions constantly run through our minds as we strive to balance our desire for adventure with the need for stability and comfort for our child. With parents in mind, here ..read more
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A Mother’s Day Message of Self-Care and Support for Autism Caregivers
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by Administrator
2M ago
Dear Moms and Caregivers of Children with Autism, As Mother’s Day approaches, I want to extend my deepest admiration and support to you, the incredible caregivers navigating the unique journey of raising a child with autism. Your love, resilience, and unwavering commitment inspire me daily, and I want to honor the strength you pour into your role as caregivers. Your journey is unique, filled with challenges, but also with profound moments of love and growth. As a mother of two young girls and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) specializing in autism, I recognize the extraordinary challe ..read more
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The Place for Children with Autism Congratulates Dr. Jessica Hewetson Gruber, PhD
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by Administrator
3M ago
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jessica Hewetson Gruber, PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis! The Place for Children with Autism extends our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Gruber for recently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School. Dr. Gruber started her journey in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008 working in a preschool classroom with young autistic learners. She quickly fell in love with working with learners with diverse needs and decided to pursue her master’s degree in special education.  While working on her master’s, Dr. Gruber ..read more
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“Autistic People” vs. “People with Autism”: A Deeper Dive into Disability Language
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by Carly Lapin
9M ago
It is commonly debated whether people should be saying “autistic person” (identity first language; IFL) or “person with autism” (people first language; PFL). There is much debate within the disability community and the sectors within it regarding which language to use when referring to those on the autism spectrum. It is important to understand disability language and which expressions are and are not offensive. Person with Autism (Person-First Language; PFL) Historically, the use of person-first language has been the more favored approach, especially by the scientific/medical community, paren ..read more
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Why ABA Therapy is the Best Weapon Against Low Expectations
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by Carly Lapin
9M ago
History of Autism Diagnosis and Treatment The diagnostic criteria, descriptions of autism, and treatment of autism have widely changed since its origins in the 1940s. Historically, autism was described as a form of childhood schizophrenia versus a set of related developmental disorders. Autism being classified as an emotional disturbance led to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defining autism as a psychiatric condition in the 1950s. Therefore, the treatments for autism by psychologists during this time were harsh, unethical, and typically involved institutionaliz ..read more
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The Place for Children with Autism in Bloomington Featured on WGLT
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by Administrator
9M ago
Our center in Bloomington, IL is now open! As a leader in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, The Place will provide the highest quality treatment for children with autism ages 2 – 6 in Bloomington-Normal and surrounding areas. Dr. Carly Lapin, Director of Clinical Outreach at The Place for Children with Autism, recently sat down with Charlie Schlenker at local NPR affiliate WGLT to discuss the new center. “We provide therapy in a school setting, so there is circle time, music, art, dance, yoga, cooking, everything a preschool would have,” said Dr. Lapin, “but each child has a one-on-one ..read more
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Comprehensive ABA Therapy or School: Which is Right for My Child with Autism?
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by Administrator
9M ago
As we look toward the new school year, many parents of young children with autism are faced with an important decision: enroll in a comprehensive therapy program, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, or opt for a school placement. In Illinois, if your child with autism is between the ages of 3 and 6* and has not yet entered first grade, you can choose to enter them into school placement with support services, or to enroll in a comprehensive therapy program. Is Full-Day ABA Therapy Better than School Placement? While ABA therapy is the most effective treatment for autism overall, th ..read more
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Five Must-Read Books for Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum
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by Administrator
9M ago
If you’re a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, it might be overwhelming to realize just how many resources and materials are out there for you to dive into. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to deal with behavioral challenges, or just want to read relatable stories, there’s no shortage of good books for you to choose from. We put together a short list of some of our favorites, in no particular order. See the list of five must-read books for you to check out below, and don’t forget, our blog is another great resource for info on ABA therapy, early intervention and more! The Reason I ..read more
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