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Date Revised: August 29, 2023 Parents and caregivers of children with autism often worry about them making friends. This is […]
Five Steps to Help Your Child with Autism Make Friends
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Maximize your child’s summer break by building essential skills. Try these strategies to foster growth, social interaction, and to prevent “summer slide” in children with autism.
Making the Most of Summer Break by Building Essential Skills
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Discover a fresh approach to autism therapy. Assent-based practice empowers children, builds trust, and promotes autonomy. Learn how this method is transforming lives.
A Fresh Approach: Empowering Children with Autism
Discover how to plan a successful vacation for your child with autism. Autism-friendly destinations can make your trip fun for the whole family.
5 Tips for Planning a Successful Vacation for Your Autistic Child
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Make the most of your child’s summer break with these five imaginative play ideas. Learn how to create consistency and structure in your routine while promoting creativity, problem-solving, and communication skills.
5 Simple and Fun Imaginary Play Ideas for Kids with Autism this Summer
Learn about the importance of incorporating your child’s native language in applied behavior analysis for optimal communication and engagement.
5 Tips for Navigating Autism Treatment for Your Multilingual Child
Make Valentine’s Day special this year for your child with autism with these tips on how to express love to themselves, friends, and family members.
3 Tips for Making Valentine’s Day Special for Your Autistic Child
There’s a myth that autistics have more trouble communicating than neurotypicals and lack empathy. How does the Double Empathy Problem bust this myth?
Myth: Autistic People Lack Empathy
By Karen Callahan While no one can argue with the fun of traditional activities, such as building snowmen or snow […]
7 Tips for Snow Day Fun
Holidays can be stressful for kids with autism. Follow these best tips and practices before, during, and after the holidays for a successful holiday season.
8 Tips for Planning for a Successful Holiday for Your Autistic Child
Buying the perfect gift for kids and other loved ones can be challenging, and this can also be true when […]
Five Tips for Selecting the Best Holiday Gifts for Kids with Autism
By Katherine Johnson. M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Are you working to become a better ally to […]
Allyship Tips for Neurotypical Friends of the Autistic Community
The following is an interview published by Chicago Parent with LEARN Behavioral Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Hanna Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D. […]
Help Your Child Build Friendships With Kids With Autism
Heading back to school can bring a number of challenges for our kids, especially those with autism. Navigating new environments, […]
Back to School: Homework Tips
Getting ready for the new school year can be a hectic and exciting time. Transitioning from the extra playtime and […]
Tips for Reducing Back to School Anxiety
By Katherine Johnson. M.S., BCBASenior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Judy Singer is an autistic Australian social scientist. In the […]
Neurodiversity – Origins and Impact
School is out! Let summer break be a great opportunity to continue your child’s learning and growth. While summer can […]
Building Social Skills During Summer
Summer is a few short weeks away! The joy of completing the school year also brings the challenges associated with […]
7 Tips for Creating Summer Fun For Autistic Kids
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RONIT MOLKO, PH.D., BCBA-D STRATEGIC ADVISOR, LEARN BEHAVIORAL Just because someone is nonspeaking, does not mean they’re non-thinking. Around 25 […]
MYTH: Nonverbal or Nonspeaking People with Autism are Intellectually Disabled
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BY: NICOLE ZAHIRY, M.A., BCBA BEHAVIOR ANALYST SPECIALIST, AUTISM SPECTRUM THERAPIES  According to Autism Speaks, in 2021, 1 in 44 […]
The Autism Journey: Accepting vs. Resisting A Diagnosis
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by Katherine Johnson. M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral  “One of the most Googled questions neurotypicals ask about […]
Myth: People with Autism Don’t Feel Love
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BY KATHERINE JOHNSON, M.S., BCBA SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS My cousin, a teenager with a broken heart, lay on my […]
Myth: Kids with Autism Don’t Have Emotions
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Navigating the world of autism can be especially hectic during the holidays. While you juggle your to-do list, you may […]
6 Calming Activities for the Hectic Holiday Season
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It’s beginning to look a lot like that time of year when your list of things stressing you out is […]
Make the Holidays Successful for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
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There’s a science behind thankfulness. What researchers are learning about gratitude is that it can be transformative for families, neighborhoods, […]
Why Gratitude Matters, and How to Foster It in Kids with ASD
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by Bradley Ross, M.A., BCBA, LBA Assistant Clinical Director, LEARN/AST, Louisiana There is no “one-plan-fits-all” approach for handling meltdowns. When […]
How to Help Your Child Through a Meltdown
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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral All sibling relationships have their ups and downs. Siblings […]
Autism and Siblings: Tips to Help Your Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Kids Get Along