Mouth Stuffing, Eating Too Fast & Autism
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by Sunny Days
1M ago
Many toddlers engage in mouth stuffing behavior as they grow accustomed to eating solid foods. Cramming food into their mouths provides them with essential information regarding the size of their mouths, where their cheeks are, how different foods feel in their mouths, and how to use their tongues to aid in chewing and swallowing.  However, when children still engage in food cramming behaviors at mealtime past approximately two years old, this could be an indicator of sensory or motor issues associated with eating. In this blog post, we review different reasons for mouth stuffing and rap ..read more
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Autism and Sugar Cravings
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by Sunny Days
3M ago
Many children love sugar and find sweet foods pleasant and comforting. But when sugary foods are all your child will eat, this becomes a problem. It is particularly difficult to dissuade children with autism or other sensory processing challenges from foods they are comfortable with. In this post, we cover reasons behind sugar cravings and ways to incorporate healthier foods into daily meals.   ..read more
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What You Need to Know About Sensory Processing & SPD
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by Sunny Days
5M ago
This post was reviewed by Carola d'Emery, PT, PhD. When a child has a sensory processing disorder, day-to-day living can be challenging for the whole family. In this post, we discuss what sensory processing is, what sensory processing disorder (SPD) is, and what to look for when trying to determine if your child has SPD.    ..read more
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How to Make a Sensory Room at Home
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by Gail Spina
5M ago
Sensory-friendly spaces are quiet, stimulant-lacking areas that allow children to calm down or self-regulate. While sensory rooms (and Snoezelen rooms or multi-sensory rooms) are typically found in schools and therapy facilities, creating a sensory-friendly area at home will benefit your child’s sense and self-regulation development.     ..read more
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5 Tips to Prevent Prompt Dependency
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by Allie Edwab, NJ Autism Program Supervisor
5M ago
Picture this: It’s time to wash your child’s hands. You bring him into the bathroom and direct him through each step of the hand-washing process until his hands are nice and clean. Later that day, your child is visiting Grandma's house, and she asks him to wash his hands. He walks into the bathroom and then just stands in front of the sink. After a minute of silence, Grandma notices that he has not begun washing his hands. Grandma then does hand-over-hand prompting—performing all of the steps for your child by holding onto his hands while washing. Situations like this can occur when a child i ..read more
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Prompt Fading Tips
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by Sunny Days
5M ago
This post was reviewed by Scott Rieger, BCBA.   Prompting is an essential tool for teaching children to perform tasks and provide verbal responses; reducing or fading these instructions is just as important as the prompts themselves. Without prompt fading, children struggle to become independent. When using prompts to teach, it is important to remember that the instructions we employ are eliciting the responses we are targeting. By systematically fading out prompts, we are gradually teaching children to respond accurately and independently. In this post, we review prompt fading tips for ..read more
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5 Reasons Why SLPs Should Relocate to Oklahoma
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by Sunny Days
5M ago
As a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), you have many options when it comes to choosing where to work. But have you ever considered Oklahoma as your next career move?   ..read more
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Sensory-Friendly Winter Clothing
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by Sunny Days
5M ago
Wintertime is here, and with it comes clothing-related challenges for those with sensory sensitivities. In this post, we share strategies to help keep sensory-sensitive kids comfortable throughout the cold weather season.  ..read more
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23 Sensory-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas & Tips
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by Sunny Days
5M ago
Halloween is a fun-filled time for children and adults alike. With candy, activities, and costumes, what’s not to enjoy?  Unfortunately, Halloween can present challenges for children with autism or other sensory needs. In this post, we share tips and costume ideas that will ensure kids with autism can enjoy the holiday with their friends and family members.  ..read more
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The Four Functions of Behavior: Understanding Your Child's Actions
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by David DeFranco
5M ago
All behaviors occur for a reason. To understand the purpose for a child's behaviors, as well as to encourage positive actions and discourage problem habits, we first must understand the four functions of behavior.  In this post, we overview each of the four functions of behavior, as well as the ABCs of behavior (aka components of behavior).   ..read more
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