What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder?

Home Written By: Melanie Bren, BCBA, LBA What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder? Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) was one of several previously separate subtypes of autism that is now included in the single diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This change of diagnosis was made in the DSM-5 that was published in 2013. […]

Teaching “What” Questions for Speech Therapy

Home Teaching “What” Questions for Speech Therapy Written By: Michelle E. Sisto, MS CCC-SLP TSSLD CAS Speech language pathologists target a variety of different skills within the context of speech and language therapy.  Some of these skills cover understanding and answering “wh” questions.  “What” questions are some of the earliest developing question types that children […]

All Inclusive Guide to the Special Education Process

Home All Inclusive Guide to the Special Education Process Written By: Jules Glowinski, BT Reviewed by: Melanie Bren, BCBA, LBA The Special Education process can be overwhelming. It can be confusing and difficult path to traverse. This guide will break down the process into clear stepping stones to help you advocate the best possible education […]

The Pros and Cons of Telehealth ABA Therapy

Home A Guide to ABA Therapy Online Written By: Mariela Tapia Hernandez, RBT Reviewed by: Melanie Bren, BCBA, LBA Telehealth services have rapidly increased due to the covid-19 pandemic, and it is now commonly used to provide reliable services across different providers. Telehealth is the use of communication technology to assist in the education and […]

Learn Multisyllabic Words for Speech Therapy

Home Learn Multisyllabic Words for Speech Therapy Written By: Michelle E. Sisto, MS CCC-SLP TSSLD CAS For many kiddos, multisyllabic words can pose a really big challenge during spontaneous speech. Difficulty producing these words can cause frustrations, when a child feels they can not effectively express their thoughts and ideas and they are not being […]

What to Expect When Working with Kids with Autism

Home What to Expect When Working with Kids with Autism Written By: Jules Glowinksi, BT Reviewed By: Melanie Bren, BCBA, LBA Children with autism are like every other child with their own strengths and weaknesses. However, there are some similarities that you will learn through experience to recognize and work with to reach their goals. […]

What are the 7 Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Home Get to Know ABA – The 7 Dimension Written By: Karina Sharma, RBT, BCBA Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is considered the gold standard of autism treatment. Utilizing a structured system of rewards and consequences, behavioral therapists can teach desired behaviors to learners and reduce problematic behaviors.  A quality ABA program will encompass these seven […]

How To Do Speech Therapy at Home: Creating Communication Opportunities with Strategies

Home How To Do Speech Therapy at Home: Creating Communication Opportunities with Strategies Written By: Michelle E. Sisto, MS CCC-SLP TSSLD CAS Typically, children begin speaking around 1-2 years of age, however, some children develop faster or slower than others.  If your child seems to not be hitting milestones, speech and language therapy is one […]

How to Talk to Someone with “High-Functioning” Autism

Home Written By: Farrah Coppolino, BT How to Talk to Someone with “High-Functioning” Autism I would like to preface this blog post with an explanation of why I chose certain terminology to refer to people within the ASD Community: The professional and research community generally prefer to use person-first language – “child with autism” – […]

What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder?

Home What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder? Written By: Natalie Roberts, RBT Reviewed By: Melanie Bren, BCBA, LBA Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), also known as Heller’s syndrome or disintegrative psychosis is a rare condition in childhood. CDD is characterized by late onset, typically around 3 or 4 years of age, and affects development in various areas […]