• Buddy’s Tips & Bits. #18

    Purposely encourage your child’s independence. For Example: Instead of dressing them in the morning,give them time to do it themselves. Only help when it’s needed, and praise them when they need less help. #Autism #ASD #AppliedBehaviorAnalysis #ABAtherapy #earlyintervention #thebehaviorexchange #PlanoTexas #FriscoTexas #DFW #Dallas #autismawareness #autismacceptance #Boulder #BoulderColorado #Denver #Denverarea #autismmom #specialneeds #autismspeaks #autismfamily #aspergers #autismsupport […]

  • Word of the Day: Adaptive Behaviors

    Adaptive behaviors Adaptive behaviors are age-appropriate everyday living skills that enable children to learn, interact with others, and become more independent. Listening, sharing, following directions, and daily self-care (e.g., brushing teeth, washing hands, etc…) are all examples of adaptive behaviors. One-to-one therapy at The Behavior Exchange can help teach children a variety of adaptive skills […]

  • Today’s word is: ANTECEDENT.

    ANTECEDENT means something that comes before. In ABA Therapy terms, it’s an event or setting that comes before a specific behavior. If the behavior is unwanted, we’ll change or modify the ANTECEDENT to prevent the unwanted behavior from happening again. You can too. Try it at home!

  • The Science of Autism: Why Early Intervention Matters

    What causes autism is still a mystery. Scientists have theories and speculate. Some say there’s evidence it’s genetic and passed from parents to children. Others say external factors are at work. The truth may lie somewhere in between. We do know, however, that early intensive intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), like One-on-One Therapy, benefits […]

  • Spring Break Fun!

    Make the week one to remember. The sun is shining brighter, the days are getting longer, and that means Spring break is just around the corner. For many families, Spring break is an opportunity for travel and exciting new experiences. When you have a child with special needs, doing a little extra planning before your […]

  • Bedtime Can Be a Breeze

    Just a few simple and easy things to do when bedtime comes around. Just like clockwork, these days at the stroke of 10 PM I start to yawn. Being the night-owl that I am by nature, this still amazes me! And it is all due to a strict bedtime routine that I adopted when I […]

  • Tips for Preventing Wandering to Keep Your Child Safe

    As parents of children with autism spectrum disorders well know, kids with ASD often have a tendency to wander. This is extremely stressful for families because it’s so dangerous for their children. If this is a problem for your family, it’s important to develop a multifaceted plan to prevent wandering.   First, make sure your home is secure. Deadbolts that […]

  • How to Keep Your Child Safe In and Around Water

    Water safety is important for every child, but for children with autism spectrum disorders, it’s imperative. Many individuals with ASD are drawn to water and that, combined with a tendency to wander, can be a tragic combination. In fact, drowning is the leading cause of death for people with ASD who tend to wander. How can […]

  • Local Sensory-Friendly Family Activities to do this Summer

    Summer is here, and it’s time for long, lazy days and fun family activities. For families of children with autism spectrum disorder, however, finding appropriately inclusive activities can be challenging. Since many children with ASD struggle with sensory issues, sensory-friendly activities are a good place to start when you’re looking for summer fun. Here, we offer […]

  • Learn How Kids with ASD are Using Virtual Reality to Communicate

    For children with autism spectrum disorders, both verbal and non-verbal communication can be a challenge. Therapists, counselors, teachers, and parents continually strive to help children with ASD better connect with others, and to understand what living with ASD is like. One tool that’s helping people reach these goals is virtual reality. In fact, some experts believe that virtual reality is […]

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