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Autism Awareness Day

By |2022-03-21T12:50:32-04:00March 11, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Awareness Day The United Nations declared April 2 as “World Autism Awareness Day” to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of people on the spectrum. This year marks the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day. This day is celebrated to increase understanding and acceptance of autistic people, and contribute to making a difference, by being more accepting, and educating ourselves and those around us about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learn more about Autism: A developmental disorder that affects behaviour and communication, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may be diagnosed at any age, with more than 3 million [...]

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Activities to Help Improve Receptive Language

By |2022-01-19T22:09:09-05:00January 17, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Receptive language refers to how a child understands and comprehends language that he hears or reads. Children who are unable to comprehend language may have receptive language difficulties. For instance, they may face difficulties in following directions, reading or identifying objects and pictures. Following are some activities to help improve receptive language: Puzzles Books Play “Simon says” Use simple language Arts n crafts   Puzzles Put a puzzle together with your child. Have him find specific pieces like animals, vehicles, or other objects. For example, describe a piece for your child to select “find the green vegetable” or “find the big, [...]

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Reinforcement Vs. Bribery

By |2022-02-04T11:20:14-05:00May 6, 2020|Behavior Management|

What does reinforcement mean? Reinforcement happens after a desired behaviour has occurred. “Reinforcement is the process of encouraging or establishing a belief or pattern of behavior, especially by encouragement or reward.” Types of reinforcement: Positive reinforcement First give the child a choice of two activities that you would want them to complete. (“Do you want to clean up your toys or take out the trash?”)  This will make the child feel empowered because they get to choose the activity. Then you need to find out what they want to earn for completing the task. (What would you like to work for?”) [...]

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The Functions of Behavior

By |2022-02-09T10:37:49-05:00May 3, 2020|Behavior Management|

What is behaviour? Behavior refers to actions or reactions performed by humans. Behavior can be voluntary,  involuntary, conscious or unconscious. Why does a behaviour occur? Behaviors happen for a specific reason. Sometimes the reasons are clear and can be understood easily, and other times they are unclear and difficult to understand. “What can be said with certainty is that your child is demonstrating a challenging behavior because it meets a specific need for him or her.” It is certainly essential to know why an inappropriate behavior might be happening so it can be replaced with an appropriate one. Functions of behavior: [...]

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