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Small Things You Can Do to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

As a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you want to do everything you can to support your child. Children with autism spectrum disorder can struggle in social situations, as the inability or difficulty to read nonverbal cues can make everyday interactions trying. While many individuals take the ability to effortlessly communicate…

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How To Help Regulate Emotions During A Pandemic

Supporting children, young adults, and adults with an autism spectrum disorder or ASD can be challenging for families and caregivers. This is especially true when events cause major upheavals to an individual’s schedule. Over the past number of months, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions. Few have been left untouched or unaffected…

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How To Continue Progress During Covid-19

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their caregivers have been finding it difficult to continue to make progress during the COVID pandemic. The difficulty is primarily due to the disruption of schedules, lack of access to support services, changes at work, as well as delays, rescheduling, or closing of schools. However, there are still…

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Keeping Kids Connected To Loved Ones Online

Millions of children and young people have had their lives changed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, both private and public schools have had to change their attendance policy at nearly every level, moving much of their teaching online to a virtual learning environment. Some students have been able to adapt, while others have struggled.…

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Applied Behavior Analysis Lessons

Applied behavior analysis or ABA is one of the most effective therapies to assist individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to improve their social interactions and adjust behaviors. It breaks down desired behaviors, reactions, and responses into three parts: antecedents, target behavior, and consequences. When a therapist, parent, caregiver, or educator uses ABA, they…

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How To Help Teens With Autism Transition To Adulthood

With 1 in 54 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or ASD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s clear there is a growing wave of teens with ASD moving through our educational system. While there are more resources and treatment programs for teenagers with ASD than ever before, parents…

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Autism Diet and Nutrition Tips

Parents and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, can face significant challenges during mealtime. It’s not uncommon to have tantrums, ritualistic eating behavior, or food selectivity and sensitivity. All of which makes providing proper nutrition difficult.  Ascend Autism works with families to address the underlying behavioral root causes of these…

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5 Autism Parenting Tips

Autism spectrum disorder or ASD covers a wide range of behaviors. ASD can cause issues with communication, anxiety, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors. This can make parenting children diagnosed with autism a challenge. Ascend Autism understands that every child with ASD has unique needs requiring support geared specifically to them. However, some broad autism parenting…