Applied Behavioral Analysis, or ABA, is an effective treatment for children with autism. Offered in a variety of settings, ABA therapy for autism uses a system of positive reinforcement that helps children decrease maladaptive behaviors and learn functional skills. Here’s everything you need to know about the beneficial therapy that equips your child to cope with autism and thrive at school, at home, and in the community. What is ABA ...Read More
Speech therapy gives children with autism a voice and equips them to communicate their needs and wants to parents, caregivers, and teachers. Because of speech therapy for autism, children can experience freedom, dignity, and a decrease in challenging behaviors in the classroom and at home. Professional speech specialists use many methods and strategies during therapy sessions. Therapists first evaluate the child’s speech, development level, personal interests, and learning style. The ...Read More
As a parent, caretaker, or family member of someone who falls on the autism spectrum, you may often question whether you’re doing enough to help them. You may wonder if there are interventions and treatments that work more effectively than others, if you’re providing the best and most meaningful care, and whether everything you’re trying is even in the right ballpark for your situation. These are all perfectly relevant questions ...Read More
Community integration experiences are vital for the growth and development of children and youth with autism. Experiences shared with family members and care givers build bonds, trust, mutual interests, and are fun. Sarah Dooley Center for Autism highlights these upcoming community integration opportunities: Sensory-Friendly Movie Matinee On August 19th, join friends and family for an inclusive, engaging matinee. It starts at 2 p.m. and is taking place at the Byrd ...Read More
Autism can be both a very difficult and very expensive condition with which to live. Fortunately, there are many organizations that understand the financial hurdles involved in getting the most out of life when living with autism spectrum disorders. While the following listings are neither endorsed nor validated by the Sarah Dooley Center, they are generally recognized as some of the top educational grants available for those living with autism. ...Read More
Many parents and educators struggle to navigate all of the treatment options that pop up when you type ‘autism treatments’ into a search engine. The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders publishes a priceless document that highlights and explains the best “Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder” See the report.