5 Recommendations about Children and Screen Time
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by sarah
9M ago
With summer approaching and children out of school, they may likely have more access to screen time. As well all know, technology such as tablets, smartphones, computers, smart TVs and video game systems are becoming more advanced. Advancements in these technologies include ease of use for just about everyone, including kids. It can be tempting for busy parents to throw a screen in front of their children to keep them engaged while other matters are attended to, but with that temptation comes worry. “Is my child’s brain becoming addicted to the screen?”, “Is the tablet inhibiting their learnin ..read more
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Simple and Effective Strategies to Plan a Fun Day of In-Home Activities
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by sarah
9M ago
Feeling stuck in a rut with your home routine? Seeking fresh ideas to stimulate fun and happiness in your home? In this blog we aim to bring you a few simple ideas that can be used to support a routine filled with fun and learning for all family members. It may seem like the stress free way to plan a day would be to allow your child to freely choose what they want to play, go outside when they feel they need to, or grab a snack when they feel hungry, though, we caution against this; without a routine or structured play time children can become accustomed to relying heavily on parents, electron ..read more
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Effective and Creative Ways to Praise Your Child
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by sarah
9M ago
Parents can often overuse over-the-top expressions such as amazing, brilliant, extraordinary, sensational, etc. to praise their children. This can lead to those phrases losing their value, diluting their meaning, and having other negative long-term effects. Life coach and writer McKenna Meyers writes that, “Parents believe that they’re bolstering their children’s self-worth by lavishing them with praise and declaring them amazing. In reality, though, they’re doing quite the opposite. Research shows excessive accolades make children less confident, less resilient, and less likely ..read more
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Encouraging Exercise
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by sarah
9M ago
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity daily.  In this age of remote schooling and an abundance of technology and iPad time, this is far easier said than done.  Throw in the challenges of having a diagnosis of autism and it may be even harder to get your little one to move.  If your child is attending mostly online or remote school this year, it is even harder for them to get their recommended physical activity in.  When they are attending school, there is outdoor recess, gym class, walking to and from classrooms and ..read more
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Decreasing Problem Behaviors and Increasing Productivity in Students
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by sarah
9M ago
When teaching students new skills, problem behaviors may emerge.  Several types of problem behaviors include aggression, self-injury, non-compliance, etc., and can occur in order to escape task demands, gain attention, gain access to a tangible, or occur due to sensory stimulation.  These behaviors tend to interrupt and take away valuable time in therapy sessions.  Many behaviors can occur due to escape or avoidance from tasks that students are asked to perform, whether they are too difficult for the student or too easy. It also may be a motivational issue.  One way to comb ..read more
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Ditching the Diapers! Is Your Child Ready to Toilet Train?!
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by sarah
9M ago
Are you ready to end the late-night runs to Target to grab a box of diapers because you are on your last one? Tired of spending $50 on a large box of diapers? Is your child starting to show signs he is holding his voids longer or waking up dry?  Perhaps it is time to think about toilet training your little one! Toilet training a child with autism may seem like a daunting task for many parents. Rest assured, with a few helpful tips and setting aside adequate time to focus on teaching your little one to use the potty, you can do it and the task can be achieved! First, let’s review some sign ..read more
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Building a Relationship with a Child Before you Teach
Steinberg Behavior Solutions Blog
by sarah
9M ago
Building a relationship/rapport with students is an incredibly valuable experience with many benefits to both the therapist and the student.  Establishing rapport, and having the child want to play with, and be around, the therapist, reduces the likelihood of problem behaviors during sessions.  It also facilitates an increase in motivation and efficiency of the work being asked of a child. In other words, the student is more likely to cooperate and take on challenges of instructions. Rapport building involves many steps which are crucial to follow in order for rapport building to be ..read more
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Will a Therapy Dog Help my Child?
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by sarah
9M ago
Individuals with ASD often have a challenging time controlling their emotions and behaving according to social norms. A study by Levinson (1965) and Pet Partners (2015) discovered that dogs are perfect companions, as they positively affect individuals who struggle with social, emotional, physical, or cognitive acumen. What about the difficulty of managing daily complex situations? Therapy dogs support social, emotional and behavioral development and even enhance life experiences. As with any intervention intended to support development, one size does not fit all. However, studies have shown th ..read more
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Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland Area Activities and Events
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by sarah
9M ago
Families with children with special needs can often find it difficult to find activities and events that cater to sensory concerns of individuals with autism. This post will offer some suggestions for fun and engaging sensory-friendly events that everyone in the family can enjoy in the Chicagoland area. Sensory-Friendly Theater The Chicago Children’s Theatre has developed The Red Kite Project which offers camps, classes, and performances purposely designed for kids with ASD. Similarly, the Filament Theatre in Chicago provides performances that use fewer lighting effects like strobe lights, sof ..read more
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Changing Up the Environment to Improve Session Quality
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by sarah
9M ago
Sometimes a simple change in the environment of a student can help improve sessions. It can help decrease problem behaviors and increase productivity. One way in which an environment can be changed is moving the furniture in a different way. For example, if a child frequently tries to escape session by running away, moving the position of the student’s chair at the table may help. If a child has a difficult time making eye contact, where you are sitting in relation to the child, perhaps at their level or across the table, may help in increasing eye contact. Another way in which a setting may b ..read more
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