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Autism Awareness In the Media

In mainstream media, representation of children on the Autism spectrum is limited. It was not until 2015, that one of the first characters on the Autism spectrum, Julia, was introduced on Sesame Street. This was a step in bringing awareness to both parents and children. As of recently, Disney’s Pixar released two short films about children that are on the Autism spectrum called Loop and Float, which are both available to watch on Disney+. Float was released in November 2019 …
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Coronavirus Concerns: Keeping Your Family Informed and Safe

Coronavirus Concerns

COVID-19, novel coronavirus … everywhere we turn, we are hearing continual updates and advice. So are our children. As parents, there is no more helpless feeling then the inability to protect our children from a threat over which we have no control. While as a parent you may not be able to stop the disease, you can help reassure you children and yourself by taking action. The greatest source of fear with this newest coronavirus is based upon what we …
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Following Directions and Understanding Concepts

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Following directions can be hard for anyone whether you have difficulty learning or not. Receptive language is the ability to understand what’s going on or what someone says. One example is one’s ability to follow directions. In the classroom, directions include a lot of various concepts such as “First put your name at the top of the page and then only answer the questions on the front” or “Color all the circles and stars.” Spatial concepts talk about a location, …
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Personal Space and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Valentine’s Day is a day to express our love toward people we appreciate and care for through hugs, kisses and possibly gift giving. For some people, this can be a day that they do not look forward to, but others love to spread the love. Personal space is difficult for some individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to understand, whether it is them getting too close to others or not knowing when someone else is too close to them. Personal space …
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Autism Screening Info: What Parents Need to Know

Autism Screening Info

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause communication, social and behavioral challenges. Children and Adults with ASD may interact, think and learn differently than most people. Pediatricians typically conduct surveillance for autism at every well-child visit, including looking for subtle signs.​ A formal screening tool or checklist for ASD is done routinely at the 18 and 24 month visits, or when any concerns are raised. While studies have found that pediatricians will routinely screen for ASD, …
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Holiday Help for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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Holidays are here and there is a lot to celebrate! Although, with that comes a whole lot of “newness” and changes in daily routines. There is no secret that change of schedules, or lack thereof, new people, new activities, new foods and drinks can be overwhelming. Here at Mobile Therapy Centers, we understand that it can be even more difficult for families who have loved ones with Autism Spectrum Disorder as they may experience a more intense excitement or fear …
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Awkward Speaking Moments

Let’s face it, there are some people who are very good at articulating their thoughts and then there are those who stumble. Some find it hard to put their thoughts into words and simply stay quiet, but that can be frustrating. Those who do well expressing their ideas and emotions have had more practice, but no one should ever feel like they can’t try. Whether you are the articulate speaker or the stumbler, there are many ways to help improve …
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Halloween Tips for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Autism Halloween

Halloween is so much fun for kids because it involves getting dressed up and eating lots of candy. However, there’s more to Halloween than trick-or-treating, and it can be overwhelming for kids who are on the autism spectrum. Carving pumpkins, picking out a costume, scary decorations and bundles of candy can be a lot to process for a child who has sensory sensitivity. Our therapists at Mobile Therapy Centers have a few tips to share to make the experience a …
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Ready, Set, Success … Starting the School Year Right

A new school year has begun, full of opportunities and challenges for children of all grades and abilities. Parental encouragement and routine at home are important in supporting your child to have a successful academic experience. Guide and support your child to take charge of their own responsibilities. Even young children can begin to develop habits which lead towards independence and success as they grow older, such as packing their own backpacks and checking off homework assignments as they are …
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New Study Shows an Autism Diagnosis Can Be Reliable as Early as 14 Months

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An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis in children as young as 14 months is determined to be increasingly accurate and reliable, according to the University of California San Diego in a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Additionally, there is growing evidence that many cases of ASD have their origins during pregnancy and children will often begin to display symptoms prior to their first birthdays, creating the possibility of an earlier diagnosis. The recent data further reinforces the importance of …
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