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Halloween tips for kids with autism spectrum disorders There’s a lot about Halloween that can be tricky for kids on […]
How to Make Halloween a Treat for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
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By Ashley Williams, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA Senior Clinical Director, BCI Does your child only eat one brand of chicken nuggets […]
Autism and Picky Eating: Help Your Child Build Healthy Eating Habits
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by Katherine Johnson. M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral The first child I ever worked with wanted nothing […]
Reframing Your Child’s Intense Interests as a Strength
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Dana Trick is on the cusp of the Millennial generation and Gen Z. She feels in between when it comes […]
An Outsider’s Path to Feeling Embraced as a Hispanic-American-Autistic
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When Laura Brompton’s son, Bertie, was a toddler going through the assessment and diagnosis process for autism spectrum disorder, she […]
How to Manage a Career, While Raising a Child with Autism
by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Building a strong relationship with your child’s teacher can […]
This School Year, Build a Trusting Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher
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by Michelle Mannella, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA Behavior Analyst, LEARN/SPARKS Wow, it’s finally here! Some of us thought this moment would […]
10 Tips to Transition Kids with Autism Back to In-Person School
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  by Brittany Barger, M.Ed., BCBABehavior Consultant, Autism Spectrum Therapies Summer can mean outdoor activities and family vacations, but it […]
How to Handle Screen Time with Your Child with Autism
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By Ashley Williams, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA Many children with autism are drawn to water for its calming, sensory experience. In […]
Why Swimming and Water Play Benefit Kids with ASD
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Blaring lights, screeching sirens, looming strangers with shiny badges—encounters with police can bring an overload of sensory experiences, making it […]
Six Steps to Prepare Your Child with Autism to Interact with Police
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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral What a difference a year can make. Last June, most parents […]
How to Keep Your Child with Autism Engaged This Summer
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Many kids with autism love to cook and bake, especially tasty treats. For the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, we’re […]
Easy Healthy—and Tasty—Treats to Make with Your Kids on the Fourth of July
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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Families everywhere are chucking backpacks and school shoes to […]
Sensory Processing Issues and Summer: Sand, Sweat, Fireworks … Oh, My!
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Steve Olson’s day once started with an hour-long commute through the traffic-laden corridors of Silicon Valley, followed by long, intense […]
One Dad’s Story: Giving Back Helped My Family Heal
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As the summer heat settles in, many families head to pools, beaches grow crowded, and our time spent near water […]
5 Steps to Swim Safety for Your Child with Autism
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by Elizabeth Jeffrey-Arceneaux, M.S., BCBA Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), Louisiana With summer fast approaching, the increased time for preferred activities […]
Transitioning to Summer: 5 Tips to Make It a Success

Teaching Progressive Muscle Relaxation to children with autism. Presented by Behavior Analyst Katherine Johnson, BCBA.

Autism Help at Home: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Parenting can be stressful, and research shows that parents […]
How Parents and Caregivers of Kids with Autism Cope with Stress
Christian Tsetsos works as an insurance authorization coordinator for the head office of LEARN’s Behavioral Concepts (BCI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, […]
Christian Tsetsos Shares Stories from His Life on the Spectrum
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As parents and caregivers, we’re hard-wired to respond to our children’s cries with efforts to comfort and soothe. Nothing is […]
Create a Calm-Down Kit for Your Child with Autism
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by Genevieve Marshall, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Clinical Director, SPARKS Years ago, in an undergraduate social psychology class, I recall my […]
This Earth Day and Beyond, Spend More Time in Nature
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By Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral Preparing a child who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for any […]
Daylight Saving Time: Tips to Help Your Child Adjust
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By Katherine Johnson, MS, BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Children learn language best when they’re engaged and interested—something […]
How Books Can Help Kids with Autism Build Language
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On the heels of the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing civil unrest, particularly around race, children are learning and […]
Celebrate Black History Month with These Children’s Books
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For many of us, the past year didn’t allow for much planning ahead. Most, if not all, of us, had […]
Plan 2021 with Intention and a Positive Mindset
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The changing of routine, new decorations in the home, the influx of visitors, whether in-person or online—all of this makes […]
Make Holiday Baking with Your Child a Success
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The coronavirus pandemic influences our daily activities and life in a profound way. With the holidays upon us, many families […]
Holiday Gifts to Make with Your Child