1. Promoting Skills for Emotion Regulation

    Promoting Skills for Emotion Regulation

    by Kari Dunn Buron, MS

    When children experience high levels of stress and anxiety, it can lead to a number of unwanted outcomes, including explosive behavior.

    High levels of stress and big emotions related to poor social negotiation skills, difficult educational demands, upsetting sensory issues, and general frustration are more common than you might think.

    According to the

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  2. What is Interoception? Important Interoception Questions Answered by Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L

    What is Interoception?

    Important Interoception Questions Answered by Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L

    Sit back and close your eyes... What do you feel inside your body?

    Is your heart beating fast or slow?

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  3. What is Autism?

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    What is Autism?

    Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.

    Today, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States.

    Autism can present as a broad range of challenges including social skills, repetitive pattern of behavior, and special interests or activities. These challenges are sometimes due to a hypersensitivity to sen

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  4. Zac Brown Band Start Camp for Those with Autism and Special Needs - Kerry Magro

    by Kerry Margo

    I was diagnosed with autism at 4 and shortly thereafter had a very meaningful camp experience at a JCC near me specifically for those with special needs. Today I’m a professional speaker, author, and consultant who travels the country to break down barriers for those with special needs. I’d love to speak in your area which we can discuss a potential collaboration if you email me here.

    Because of the impact,

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  5. One of The Most Common Assumptions About Autism May Be a Complete Misunderstanding

    One of The Most Common Assumptions About Autism May Be a Complete Misunderstanding


    Putting yourself in another person's shoes is never easy, and for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the practice is thought to be especially challenging.

    But even though this neurological condition is often considered a barrier to understanding complex emotions, recent research

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  6. Why Is ASD Often Associated with Social Anxiety?

    By Ugo Uche - Promoting Empathy With Your Teen

    Some, if not most of you have noticed that I still use the term Asperger Syndrome, even though the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and the American Psychiatric Association have all elected to depart from this terminology in favor of the all-encompassing Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD). This is because it is generally agreed upon that there is little difference between those who are high functioning on the autism spectrum and those who were previously diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. While I agree that the differences between those high functioning of the spectrum and those with Asperger is minuscule, the differences in language acquisition

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  7. Social Learning Theory

    Social Learning Theory

    In social learning theory, Albert Bandura (1977) agrees with the behaviorist learning theories of classical conditioning and operant conditioning. However, he adds two important ideas:

    1. Mediating processes occur between stimuli & responses.
    2. Behavior is learned from the environment through the process of observational learning.

    Observational Learning

    Children observe the people around them behaving in various ways. This is illustrated during the famous Bobo doll experiment (Bandura, 1961).

    Individuals that are observed are called models. In society, children are surrounded by many influential models, such as parents within the family, characters on children’s T

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  8. Breaking Point

    I hate it.

    It rocks me to the core and makes my hair stand on end.

    Over and over, with no end in sight, she keeps on repeating the same phrase. No matter what I try, I can’t soothe her. She just keeps on saying it again and again and again. Make it stop. She has to stop.


    The scream came out of the blue, shocking me as much as it shocked everyone else. I couldn’t help myself though. Her perseveration was never-ending. “No school on Monday!” “No school on Monday!” “No. School. On. Monday!” And then the hiccupping crying came. Followed by hugs and “I’m sorry, Mommy,” and “I don’t like sighing.” And then came the guilt. The guilt of having screamed at Debbie for something she could not help because many times she has trouble getting out

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  9. Gratitude is Grand: Tips for Helping Your Child Feel Thankful

    By Elizabeth A. Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP
    Author of Make Social Learning Stick!

    Gratitude is on the front burner around Thanksgiving, but it’s a mindset worth fostering year round.  UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center reports that gratitude plays a major role in adult well-being and that grateful young adolescents (ages 11–13) are happier, more optimistic, and more satisfied with school, friends, and family than their less grateful peers.  Likewise, grateful teens (ages 14–19) are more satisfied with their lives, more engaged in schoolwork and hobbies, and less envious, depressed, and materialistic than teens who feel less thankful.

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  10. Cast Your Own Spell for an Autism-Friendly Halloween

    Cast Your Own Spell for an Autism-Friendly Halloween

    By Elizabeth Sautter

    Halloween frights can go way beyond the thrill of ghosts and goblins. Fun can quickly become a real fear for some children, even though they’ve been told repeatedly that the scary witches and bloody masks are pretend. 

    For some kids with autism, any costume creates confusion and anxiety about what’s real and what isn’t. Others become giddy from all the excitement and sugar, then struggle to calm themselves down. Halloween typically comes with plenty of hype and build-up can be stressful and distracting for weeks in advance.

    This Halloween, take some steps to reduce the overwhelming experiences. At the same time, you ca

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