Navigating AAC: Where Do We Start?
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by GentleCare Therapy
2w ago
Communicating and expressing our needs, wants or feelings is a part of our everyday lives. We all communicate through different methods and in our own ways. One way of communicating is through the use of AAC. What is AAC? Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is any form of communication other than vocal speech. It encompasses a diverse set of methods and tools designed to enhance communication for individuals with complex communication needs or those who cannot communicate verbally. Various types of AAC can be utilized to support an individual who needs support communicating or e ..read more
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How to Proceed After an Autism Screening
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by GentleCare Therapy
3M ago
Your child received an autism screening, now what? After a screening for autism, you may be referred to a specialist who can further evaluate your child by scheduling an autism evaluation. This further evaluation is a more comprehensive assessment completed by a specialist to either confirm or rule out a diagnosis of autism.   Autism Diagnosis vs. Screening Diagnostic evaluations for autism might include several different steps or processes, such as: Review of your child’s medical and educational records Physical examination  Behavioral observations of your child Parent/guardia ..read more
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Sleepy Time Series: Promoting Good Sleep Hygiene
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by GentleCare Therapy
4M ago
Many children will experience some type of sleep-related challenge at some point in their lives. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have an increased likelihood of experiencing difficulty with sleep (Hodge et al., 2014). For children who have difficulty falling asleep or awaken often during the night, developing good sleep hygiene can be beneficial.  Good sleep hygiene refers to a wide range of practices and factors that can contribute to better sleep. These factors include things such as lifestyle practices (such as exercise) and environmental considerations (such as noise ..read more
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Meet the Team: Emily DuCoin, M.S., BCBA & Dr. Casey Nottingham BCBA-D
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by GentleCare Therapy
4M ago
Meet Dr. Casey Nottingham, Senior Clinical Director of GentleCare’s ABA Services and Emily DuCoin, Director of Quality & Supervision in this team member spotlight.  “We are advocates for the people with whom we work each day.” Dr. Casey Nottingham, PH.D., BCBA-D, Senior Clinical Director, ABA Services 1. What does being a BCBA mean to you? To me, one of the most important defining features of being a behavior analyst who works with autistic children and adolescents is that, as BCBAs, we are advocates for the people with whom we work each day. Being a BCBA means that I get ..read more
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Sleepy Time Series: Sleep Challenges in Children with Autism
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by GentleCare Therapy
4M ago
World Sleep Day is March 15th!  World Sleep Day is a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of sleep health around the world. For parents of young children, sleep health is often a topic of considerable importance. And for parents of young autistic children, this topic can be uniquely significant. Sleep challenges have been commonly reported by parents and caregivers of autistic children. Some surveys of parents suggest that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may get less sleep or have lower sleep quality than same-age children without autism (e.g., Hodge et a ..read more
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Meet the Team: Alinoel Navia, M.S. CCC-SLP!
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by GentleCare Therapy
4M ago
Meet Alinoel Navia, M.S. CCC-SLP! Ali has been with GentleCare since 2016 and currently serves as Senior Clinical Director of GentleCare’s Speech Therapy Program. What do you love most about your job? Whether it happens in a SNF or a preschool, the impact that being an SLP makes on others’ well-being is incredible. Enabling people learn to communicate and connect with their families, peers, and loved ones for the first time or re-learn a new system is amazing to see. Especially with the little ones, I find fulfillment in seeing little ones build their self-advocacy skills and confidence! Any ..read more
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A Visit to the Doctor
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by GentleCare Therapy
5M ago
The social story below titled “A Visit to the Doctor” was designed to help parents prepare their child for a doctor’s appointment. Created by our clinical team, “A Visit to the Doctor” serves as a great resource for your child’s next doctor’s visit.   A Visit to the Doctor Social Story The post A Visit to the Doctor appeared first on ABA Therapy in NJ | GentleCare Therapy | Pediatric Development Services ..read more
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What is Functional Communication?
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by GentleCare Therapy
5M ago
Functional communication plays an important role in everyday situations. They are our basic communication skills, extending beyond just allowing our wants and needs to be known. In early childhood, functional communication is crucial for children to be able to express themselves, understand others, and engage in meaningful interactions. Children use functional communication to send and receive some of their earliest messages, like expressing needs (ex: signing “more”, mama), making requests (ex: pointing, asking for help), rejecting (ex: no, shaking head), sharing emotions (ex: using facial ..read more
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Skill-Building & Fun Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids!
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by GentleCare Therapy
5M ago
Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing the love we have for our friends and family. It can also be an especially fun time for kids to enjoy crafts, make Valentine’s Day cards and more! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ve created some fun and festive activities and work pages for kids that we’d love to share for the home or classroom. Print them out and have fun doing these fun and engaging activities!   Count and color: DOWNLOAD PAGE HERE  Write and Match: DOWNLOAD PAGE HERE   Coloring sheet DOWNLOAD PAGE HERE  Word Search: DOWNLOAD PAGE HERE DOWNLOAD ANSWERS PAGE HER ..read more
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What is Parent/Caregiver Training?
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by GentleCare Therapy
5M ago
Why is parent/caregiver training offered? Parent/caregiver involvement during Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is an essential part of a child’s success. Parent/caregiver training helps to ensure everyone is on the same page, creating consistency between the strategies and procedures used by ABA professionals and parents/caregivers. Parent/caregiver involvement also promotes generalization of a child’s skills by allowing them to practice what they learned during ABA sessions with their families at home and in the community.    Research has shown that when parents collabo ..read more
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