How to help your child with autism at home – Part 1

As a parent, you have the power to make a difference in your child’s life. An autism diagnosis might have you feeling otherwise. But take heart! There are many things you can do at home to help your child make progress and your whole family be happier together.

This article will provide you with a handy list of 8 different ways you can take control and help increase your child’s well-being, while also improving your relationship with them and creating a more harmonious household for everyone.

Many parents feel overwhelmed at the beginning of their autism journey, so we don’t want to make things worse. To make sure that doesn’t happen, we’re going to break up this article into two parts. This is Part 1, exploring the first four items on our list. Then, in Part 2, we’ll take a look at the rest. 

If you’re ready to get started, you’ve got this!


4 ways parents can bring out the best in their child with autism

It’s really important to mention that our list below is in addition to and serves to complement early intervention care your child receives, like ABA therapy and other important services provided by medical experts.

You and your medical partners should always work as a team to bring about the best outcomes for your child and family. This list of parent to-dos will help you do just that.

Now on with our tips!

  • Intentionally observe your child and get to know them better than anyone else.

Become an expert on what they like, what they don’t like, how they interact with their environment (people, situations, and things), what they struggle with, what comes easy, what causes them stress, and so on. You’ll naturally become an expert over time. But when you make a point to watch for these things, you can gain insights quicker and solutions can be put into place sooner that can make life better for you and them.


  • Create a safe and sensory-friendly environment for your child.

Children with autism can be sensitive to bright or flashing lights, loud noises, how things feel to the touch like their clothes, how things taste, and how things smell. Their sensitivity can cause them to act out, so eliminating those things that can cause stress and discomfort is important. Start with their room and work out to other areas of your home. If your child doesn’t have a room of their own, be sure you create a calm space where they can go if they are feeling overwhelmed.


  • Find alternative to communicate with your child other than talking.

Communication is often a challenge for children with autism, making it hard and frustrating for them to tell you their wants and needs using words. To help overcome any communication gap, find the ways your child communicates their feelings and provide them with strategies for being understood. For example, give them tools for talking using pictures, signs, or special speech devices. Paying attention to your child’s body language, gestures, and facial expressions are also a great way to understand what your child is trying to tell you.


  • Add structure to your child’s life by creating daily routines and sticking to them.

Change can be a big deal for kids with autism. They tend to prefer routines and consistency from day to day, because they know exactly what to expect. You can help them by setting up routines around bedtime, getting up in the morning, when you have meals, and all the daily events of life. Beyond routines, you can help them maintain consistency in other areas of life, like allowing them to wear the same clothes for specific occasions or serving foods they like to eat together. They’ll have the usual!

Well, we’re going to stop there and pick this up in our next post. If you have any questions, which is natural, ask your ABA therapist or other members of your medical team for support. Lean on them. They know well what you’re going through and can help in all kinds of ways.


Our autism and ABA experts would love to help if you live close by. You can find our hives in North Texas as well as Boulder, Colorado. We’ve been helping children and their families achieve their full potential for more than 20 years. We’re here for you, too. Reach out anytime.






Ashvina attended University of Bombay and graduated with a Bachelors of Commerce. She got her Montessori Diploma in 1985 and taught ever since. Ashvina came to TBE in January of 2016 as Admin Assistant. During the years she got the opportunity to learn and work in different departments such as HR, Finance, Office Manager and Executive Assistant. Last summer TBE bought billing in house and her current focus area is Revenue Cycle Management. She is detail oriented and enjoys working with people. Ashvina volunteers to deliver meals to seniors and local shelters on the weekend. She loves to spend time with her family and grandkids. Ashvina loves her job because she enjoys hearing different points of view, and she feels her contributions help fuel the direction of our company.

Working with children comes naturally to Angela. Her mom was a special education teacher for 30 years and often had Angela join her for Take Your Child to Work Day. And in high school, Angela spent every summer as the nanny for a little boy with an autism spectrum disorder. It was this experience where her passion for working with children with autism started to blossom.

From there, she went on to graduate from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences. She learned about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a non-normative development class and from that moment knew that ABA would be her life’s work.

Angela moved to the DFW area shortly after and began working at The Behavior Exchange as a therapist. She worked on her Master’s in Behavior Analysis at the same time. A year after graduating, she earned certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Now, as a Clinical Director at The Behavior Exchange, she brings a life-long passion to her work, holding a special place in her heart for children with limited language skills and working closely with families to develop healthy sleep habits.

Danielle’s passion for working with families is deeply personal and from the heart. Her younger brother has an autism spectrum disorder, and through their journey as a family, she found her purpose in life as an advocate for individuals with special needs.

After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Danielle began volunteering at The Behavior Exchange. She saw passionate therapists, meaningful change for clients, and families with hope for the future. After a summer of volunteering, she officially joined the team as Director of Admissions and found her home with The Behavior Exchange family.

With her extensive experience working as a client advocate with insurance providers, Danielle perseveres to help individuals of all ages and abilities receive the services they need to reach their full potential. She feels truly honored by each and every family who entrusts The Behavior Exchange to be part of their journey and is committed to the organization’s core values, mission, and goal of being a beacon of hope for the community.

Adam has always had a passion for helping individuals of all ages thrive and reach their full potential. He’s also an enthusiastic musician, songwriter, leader, and devoted family man, who has been helping children and team members grow with The Behavior Exchange since 2010.

Prior to joining the team at The Behavior Exchange, Adam was a mortgage loan consultant and grad student, pursuing his master’s degree in Education at the University of North Texas. He graduated in 2013 and also earned a graduate academic certificate in Autism Intervention. The following year, after years as a Behavior Therapist and seeing first-hand the power of ABA and the meaningful impact it can have on children and their families, Adam became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He then commenced from the Stagen Leadership Academy after completing the Integral Leadership Program (ILP), a 52-week practice-based program designed to develop executives serious about transforming themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

Adam is truly grateful to be a part of a dynamic, inspiring and compassionate team, and he’s dedicated to bettering the lives of all children and their families through the delivery of the highest quality of ABA services, while supporting the amazing team at The Behavior Exchange.

Soraya is from South Africa and moved to Texas in 1996. She graduated from The University of Texas and pursued a career, at that time, in Education. Soraya taught at a Montessori school for a few years and then took on a leadership role.

During her time in the education system, Soraya realized her passion was to assist children with special needs. So she joined The Behavior Exchange as a therapist, transitioned into a supervisory role in 2017, and a year and a half later, was promoted to Clinical Operations Manager.

She quickly learned the ins and outs of ABA operations and scheduling and successfully collaborates across departments to ensure The Behavior Exchange continues to provide quality services to clients and their families. She’s thankful to be part of such an amazing organization and excited to see what the future holds.

You could say Walter’s career started when he spent hours as a young child drawing superheroes and coloring maps. This passion, along with extraordinary swimming skills, landed him a full swimming scholarship at Texas Christian University, where he graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Graphics.

During the next 13 years, his design and art direction skills, conceptual-thinking abilities, and marketing-savvy know-how were honed at a few prestigious advertising and marketing agencies around the Dallas area. In the mid 2000s, he helped his wife Tammy Cline-Soza (founder and CEO of The Behavior Exchange) create a unique and concise brand for her new business. From logos and websites to uniforms, brand voice and visuals, Walter has been the main creative force for all things The Behavior Exchange.

Aside from giving birth to The Behavior Exchange brand, Walter is helping Tammy raise two amazing, beautiful children, River and Sierra. In his spare time (the two minutes he’s got per week), you can find Walter illustrating iconic landmarks of Dallas and Texas or looking around for this next open-water swim. Once he gets back in shape.

After 20 years of building The Behavior Exchange, literally from the ground up,
Tammy couldn’t be more proud of the team, culture, and organization that it has become.

As a family helping families, The Behavior Exchanges looks for opportunities that will make the biggest impact and produce life-changing outcomes – for clients, families, and even for team members. Tammy believes that if a team, a family, a community takes care of each other, the possibilities are endless and the relationships built along the way can make life more enriching and challenges easier to navigate. You could say her goal has been to build a kind of utopia full of support, love, and expertise that brings the best services possible to the community and ensures more families have access to those services.

Tammy and her family have dedicated their lives to the mission of The Behavior Exchange and continue to grow, learn, cultivate, challenge, support, and create better models for success. To that end, she is committed to her own leadership development and actively participates in advanced training, mentoring, and deep self-exploration on how to live out her purpose to love and support her family and help others reach their full potential. She takes her position very seriously and tries to serve as a channel for what the universe wants to come to fruition.

She also loves travel, gardening, being creative, MUSIC!, tennis, yoga, meditation, journaling, reading, being in nature, adventures, and more than anything, spending time with her husband Walter and their two beautiful children, River and Sierra.