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Holiday Help for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Holiday Tips Autism

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

ABA Therapy Autism

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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Fourth of July Tips for Individuals with Autism

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Fireworks are a fun tradition for many on the 4th of July. What many of us fail to recognize is how the loud sounds they emit affect children with autism. The experience can be overwhelming and even painful to a child on the autism spectrum, due to the lights and sounds of the fireworks. With proper preparation and by following the list of helpful tips, our therapists at Mobile Therapy Centers recommend, you increase the possibilities of enjoying the holiday …
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Setting Goals With a Behavior Contract

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Are you and your child having a difficult time following through with goals? If you answered yes…a “Behavior Contract” may be for you! A Behavior Contract is an oral or written agreement between at least two people to determine goals and list responsibilities to help achieve it. The contract usually includes the target behavior, agreed responsibilities, the rewards and consequences, and ends with signatures from all parties. While creating goals may be easy, following through can be tremendously challenging, and …
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Better Hearing & Speech Month 2019

Hearing Speech Month

May is designated as Better Hearing & Speech Month, also known as BHSM! Every year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) acknowledges this month to raise awareness about communication disorders, which in turn can provide life-altering treatment. The theme for 2019 is “Communication Across the Lifespan” and the ASHA has many resources available to help you celebrate all month long. With speech and language disorders ranking among the most common disabilities in children, both parents and caregivers are encouraged to learn …
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The Benefits of a Special Needs Dentist

Special Needs Dentist

Photo By: Daniel Frank Going to the dentist can be difficult for a child with autism. It can be harder for them to process the many sensory elements at the dental office. However, by visiting a special needs dentist, these dentists are trained to handle these situations. As a family dentist working for over 17 years, I’ve referred many families to special needs dentists who have been able to create a positive dental experience for children with autism. Today, I’ll be …
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Springtime & Autism Awareness Month

ABA Therapy Outdoors

Mobile Therapy Centers is ready for spring weather to arrive! The RBTs (Registered Behavior Technicians) at Mobile Therapy Centers are especially excited about sunny days being right around the corner. We have ABA Therapy sessions in the home, school, daycare, and clinic, and we love working on outdoor skills in all of these settings. Going outside brings many learning opportunities for children. First, we have to get ready to go outside. RBTs teach putting socks on, tying shoes, and zipping …
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