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5 Tips for Dining Out with Your Child With Autism

5 Tips for Dining Out with Your Child With AutismGoing out to eat can be a fun pastime for many families,  but can be a bit difficult for families of individuals with autism. The following tips can help you and your family prevent behavior problems and have a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone!

Be Prepared.

Be sure to have activities for your child to enjoy while waiting for your food. Table activities such as coloring, drawing, reading, or tablet time will help. You might try calling ahead and requesting a specific reservation time to avoid long waits.

Set Expectations.

Before heading out to eat, set aside a quiet moment with your child to tell them the rules. For example, say, “Sit in your seat and speak with a quiet voice.”

Reward Good Behavior.

Reward your child throughout the meal for following the dining rules. Consider using more tangible items like favorite toys, dessert, etc. 

Choose a Familiar Restaurant. 

This allows for familiarity with the food and the environment which can decrease outbursts.

Leave On Time.

If you see your child is getting a bit fidgety and overwhelmed it’s okay to order the food to go and finish eating at home. It’s better to leave than to wait and trying to control any tantrums.

If your child still presents challenging behavior while dining out, we are here to help with additional tips and strategies specific to your child.  We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.

A Sibling’s Guide to Autism

A Sibling's Guide to AutismLearning that your brother or sister has autism can be a difficult experience. Siblings may start to notice behaviors that upset them and hearing the word “autism” might be confusing for them. During this time, siblings life and that of the family may feel different than they were before this happened. Sometimes families may be worried about how your family will cope.

It is very important to remember that brothers or sisters are just like any other child, except he or she has autism. This is a time for you and your family to learn as much as you can about autism.

At times, families will need to talk about how all of this affects you. So don’t hesitate to seek out a family member, teacher, or friend with whom you can be open and honest about your questions and feelings.

Some things sibling may be having trouble with:

 Understanding why their brother or sister acts in what seems to be strange ways.

 Feeling like their brother and sister gets more time and attention from your parents than they do.

 Feeling embarrassed about their brother or sister’s behaviors when with friends or out in the community.

 Not knowing how to play with their sibling.

Just like your child with ASD, your other children need your attention. Let us help you. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois

5 Benefits of Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for Children

ABA therapy for childrenOur company offers Applied Behavior Analysis—often called ABA—therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. There are lots of benefits of ABA therapy, and we’re going to list five of them for you.

1.ABA therapy works. Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is the gold standard for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. There is more scientific evidence supporting the implementation of ABA than any other type of treatment.

2. ABA helps children make friends. ABA teaches children the social skills that many with Autism Spectrum Disorder are lacking. These are the same social skills that children need to make friends.

3. ABA helps children to live and cope in our world. Learning something as simple yet important as using the bathroom is critical for daily function in our society. ABA can teach the child toileting skills.

4. ABA helps parents be better parents. ABA will teach parents how to interact with their child and teaches the child how to interact with others. Parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is very difficult. We can help you to parent more effectively.

5. ABA allows parents to have higher expectations. ABA is so effective that some children will lose their Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. More importantly, ABA will show the parents and the child that the child can achieve all kinds of things that were thought impossible before the start of therapy. Higher expectations help the child achieve more and help both parents and children to have lofty goals.

The biggest argument against using ABA therapy is to let the child be “who the child is.” This is not unlike the argument against cochlear implants for children who are deaf. The problem with this argument is that the rest of the world is not on the autism spectrum. If a child is going to live in a world with the rest of us, then the child needs to learn how to cope in the everyday world. ABA is the most effective way to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live in our world.

Let us help you. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com.

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