autism

|autism

Autism and Anxiety

presentation

Anxiety and autism was the topic last month when I presented at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in Westborough MA to 100 or so Therapists, Psychologists and BCBAs. This topic is very near and dear to my heart, as I have worked with many children and youth with autism with anxiety.  Imagine not being able to communicate that something was bothering you…that is what many people with autism face.

Anxious […]

Technology and Autism

Technology is becoming more and more accessible with a wide variety of functionalities.  For example there are devices that can help you improve your posture, measure your heart rate and galvanic skin response, take pictures from your perspective on a pre-determined interval of time and so much more.  Check out my recent article in the Behavior Analyst Quarterly on the use of wearables to help people with posture. The technology that is available to us now can serve all […]

Getting Lost

A lost child – a parents nightmare. I have partnered up with Dr. Kendra Thomson at Brock University to evaluate a parent training package on teaching parents how to teach his/her child with autism what to do if they are lost.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are now 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism. Unfortunately for half of the parents who have a child with autism, they are also always concerned for his/her safety because […]

Crossing the Street

The ability to cross the street or go out in the community is not something that we should ever take for granted. It allows us to experience so many incredible things. I remember one of my first placements as a student in my psychology undergrad. It was in a group home for adults and I was sent there to observe and learn about a behaviour plan for a 27 year old woman. This woman had autism and had been in […]

Teaching How to Request

Communication skill – having the ability to “request.”

As a parent of a child with autism, one of the most significant things you can do to help your child with autism is to give them a voice. Just imagine what it might be like to not be able to communicate that you need something. Giving your child the gift of a voice, whether that voice is through sign language, an augmentative communication device or verbal communication, could be the most empowering gift […]

Load More Posts