Tag Archives: autism

When Things Get Out of Control

Managing Escalating Behavior

By Meme Hieneman and Milissa Yeagley

Liam’s grandfather needed a few things at the home improvement store and decided to take his twelve year-old grandson, Liam, along. As they were walking through the store, Liam became anxious, highly-distracted, and noisy (i.e., making high-pitched sounds).…

Standardized Testing and The Kids Who Get Left Behind

Some Students’ Achievements Mean Nothing to Educators Obsessed with Testing

My daughter Caroline is a bright, sweet, inquisitive thirteen year-old.  She also has autism.  Over the past seven years of school, Caroline has made amazing progress because she always been included in the general education classroom with the help of a 1:1 aide. …

The ABCs of Behavior Intervention

Children who have received an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) sometimes have a hard time coping. CryingThey might feel sensory overload in bright, loud rooms or get frustrated when they’re trying to communicate but it’s not working. This can lead to behaviors like aggression, excessive crying, meltdowns, self-injury, fixation, and self-stimulation.…

Does My Daughter Have Autism?

Sometimes there are clear signs that a child is experiencing significant challenges in reaching “normal” developmental milestones. For example, a child may have been born with a significant physical or cognitive impairment. Other times it is not as easy to tell if a young child is “at-risk” of falling behind her same-age peers due to “invisible” developmental challenges, including autism.…

The What, Why, and How of Teaching Question-Asking Skills to Young Children with Autism

What?

Questions are a type of request, specifically, for information.  As children begin asking questions, they usually develop in a predictable sequence: what?, where?, who?, and so on.  Just like other requesting skills, questions offer a way that children can initiate a social interaction like a conversation.…