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Reducing the Stress of Mealtimes for Picky Eaters

As a behavior analyst, I learned a long time ago, that fixing “bad” or ineffective routines was extremely difficult. However, creating new routines was always much easier. THE REALITY VERSUS THE DREAM For so many parents (with or without children on the autism spectrum), difficulties at mealtime are a daily reality and these struggles can make mealtimes one of the least preferred parts of their lives. Anticipating another battle royale over eating can often lead […]

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Effective Behaviors of Parents Raising a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

BY PAUL CURD, PSY.D. While every child is unique, it is my hope that if you are a parent of a child with ASD, perhaps you will find something useful in these voices of experience. Over the last 15 years, I have been fortunate to be able to work with many children, teens, and adults who have been impacted in one way or another by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During the time I have spent […]

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Why do children with autism often have language delays?

Pictured above: Waisman researchers Susan Ellis Weismer (left) and Jenny Saffran (right) studied language acquisition in children with and without autism. Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, often have significant delays with expanding their vocabularies and other language skills compared to typically developing children. Yet, “we know very little about [language] processing in [children with ASD] or the mechanisms underlying it,” says Susan Ellis Weismer, a professor of communication sciences and disorders at […]

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The Ink Debacle

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Our family is such a “mess” and it’s impossible to hide it. Maybe that’s a good thing because we are not the only ones out there who are trying hard every day. We were ready to go. It is rare for our family, but we were actually going to be on time. The battalion Halloween party was going to start in a few hours and we needed to be […]