Entries by Andrew Dacy

Good Sleep Habits for Children with Autism

Poor sleep habits are not uncommon in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and for some of these children sleep difficulties can persist into adolescence. Fortunately, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can help the child to improve those habits, which in turn makes the parents’ lives easier because having a child that never sleeps well is […]

The ABC’s of Behavior

Autism itself does not cause challenging behaviors. It is likely, however, that some of the underlying biological processes that result in autism might also result in behaviors that are outside of a person’s control. Also, some behavioral responses are simply reflexes—no more of a choice for your child than when your leg jerks upward when […]

Tips to Reduce Sensory Overload this Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a stressful time. If you are a parent of a child with special needs, those issues can intensify over this time of year. The holiday twinkle lights, carolers, the aroma of a large home-cooked meal — can be an overwhelming experience for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Here are a few […]

Autism-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are just around the corner, and sometimes it can be challenging to find the right gift for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. So, we’re going to give you some hints and guidelines to make shopping more comfortable for you. Know the child. This first suggestion may seem obvious, but it is still […]

What to Expect When Your Child Begins ABA Therapy

As you know, ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis therapy has a long history and is the only therapy shown to work in controlled scientific research for children with ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. But if you’re new to ABA, you may not know what to expect. Here are some quick guidelines to prepare you and […]

How To Plan a Community Outing with Your Autistic Child

For families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), sometimes the thought of a family vacation – or even a community excursion – can be overwhelming. Try these simple and useful tips for venturing out in public and leaving your anxiety at home. Plan Ahead As much as possible, plan your trips and let your child […]

Who Should Be On Your Child’s IEP team?

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team makes important decisions about your child’s education. To create an effective IEP, parents, teachers, other school staff–and often the student–must come together to look closely at the student’s unique needs. Let take a look at who should be on your child’s IEP team.  Parents are vital to the IEP team process. By being an active IEP team member, parents can also infuse the IEP planning process with […]

The Importance of  Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) is a way of describing therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy). Extensive research has shown that early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) can significantly improve the chances of positive outcomes for children with developmental or behavioral issues. How Does EIBI Work? Many techniques are used under the umbrella of […]