Tag Archives: autism

Seven Ways to Help Children with Autism Navigate the Holiday Season

December 6, 2016

By: Jamie Delaney, BCBA, Early Autism Project, Florida Regional Director The holidays are full of family functions, decorations, fun traditions, food and shopping and it’s no surprise juggling everything can often cause a little stress on parents. While parents work hard to keep it all together through the month of December, it’s important to realize View More

Tips to Help Ensure Children with Autism Enjoy Halloween

October 11, 2016

By: Lauren Freeney, BCBA, EAP Tampa Clinic Director Fun costumes, trick-or-treating and bags and bags of candy are a few of the many reasons children look forward to Halloween. It’s an exciting day when you are a kid but some of the best parts of the holiday can be behavioral triggers if you are on View More

Tips for Helping Children with Autism Tolerate Haircuts

September 13, 2016

By: Sarah Pope, MS, BCBA, Assistant Vice President of Staff Development A trip to the hair salon for adults typically includes a relaxing hair wash, an opportunity to catch up on the latest magazines and the wonderful feeling of a fresh, new haircut. However, it is not uncommon for children to be afraid of a View More

Eight Tips to Minimize Back to School Stress for Children With Autism

August 9, 2016

 By: Jennifer Godwin, M.Ed., BCBA, VP of Program and Clinical Services   Preparing children for the start of school can be stressful and this time of year can present additional concerns and fears for children with autism. The good news is a little preparation can help your child address any issues in advance of the View More

An Autism Diagnosis Can Be Challenging For Siblings

July 8, 2016

An autism spectrum disorder diagnosis affects one in 68 children, equaling millions of children a year. And, a large majority of those diagnosed have brothers and sisters who struggle to not only understand the diagnosis but also how to properly support their sibling with special needs. It is not uncommon for typically developing siblings to View More

Early Autism Project: Overcoming Sleep Problems

March 16, 2016

Overcoming Sleep Problems By Mimi Spruill, BCBA, M.Ed. Early Autism Project Many children (and adults) struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Greg Hanley, BCBA-D, considers poor sleep a skill deficit. Looking at the problem this way helps us see it as more of a behavioral issue. Dr. Hanley suggests that the path to better View More

Setting Expectations to Prevent Behavior Breakdowns

February 8, 2016

By Sarah Pope, M.S., BCBA Have you ever been in an unusual situation and experienced a breakdown in your child’s behavior due to what you suspect may be because the activity was new and unfamiliar? Before going into difficult situations or new environments, take time to talk to your child about how you expect him/her View More

Early Autism Project Halloween Safety Tips

October 28, 2015

By: Lauren Freeney & Jacqui Abrams Halloween can be fun. Children and adults have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite people or characters, and there are lots of cool activities to do with your friends and family. Halloween can sometimes be challenging for children with autism. Here are a few tips for parents View More

Autism & Special Needs Resources in the Lowcountry

October 14, 2015

Today’s post is written by Sarah Fitzellen, my best friend of over 30 years. When I moved to the Lowcountry in 2010, Sarah had just had her second son, and my second Godson. Through the years of being in different cities, we traveled back and forth, made numerous phone calls, and checked on the invention View More

Autism: At the Intersection of Education and Healthcare

September 2, 2015

Educational Services of America looks to early intervention to address the nation’s fastest-growing developmental disorder – autism. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. The fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is almost five times more View More

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