I am NOT a number

  A gifted high school student with autism at Pickerington North, in Ohio, received a low score on a test. In response to this, his teachers in the special education department decided to make a statement about this."We just want to spread the word that every single person has value, and it is unfair to place people into labels and boxes. The world needs to move from judging to loving, and we wanted to contribute to that movement. That is basically our heart behind the video." - John Silfies 
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Autistic Child Speaks for the First Time After Accident

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Watch the video below about an incredible young man who was diagnosed with autism and did not speak a word until the age of 8. After a drunk driver ran his car into Nikko's bedroom one evening and brought him to near death, he miraculously spoke his first sentence. Since then, he has not stopped talking.

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The New Look of Achieve Beyond!

If you have not noticed, we have a new website! We’re really excited about it, and we hope you are, too. A lot of thought and planning was involved. Our goal being simply to provide you with the best “user experience” possible. If you have any questions having to do with the website please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Otherwise, enjoy roaming through our new design!
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Arts and Crafts Ideas for Special Needs Children

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services provides special needs children with the services they need to stop developmental delays from occurring. Arts and crafts are a great way for special needs children to support and encourage children to express feelings, enhance their social skills and cognitive functioning, resolve frustrations they may have, fosters coping skills, and increases their use of sensorimotor skills including hand-eye coordination and sensory stimulation. Here are 5 great arts and crafts ideas that would make great activities to do with special needs children. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments sections below. We hope you enjoy these arts and crafts ideas and share them with your friends and family.

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Movies Featuring Characters on the Autistic Spectrum

So many people enjoy watching movies that Hollywood produces and releases year to year. There have been many documentaries, made for TV and smaller scale films on autism that will not be listed here. Achieve Beyond pediatric therapy lists some of the more well known films that have elements and characters with Autism Spectrum Disorders in them. We hope you enjoy this posting on films with characters on the autistic spectrum. If you have more great films on autism to suggest please do so in our comments section below. Happy viewing everyone. I Am Sam (1998)Starring: Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michele Pfeiffer The story of an autistic man living independently and functioning well in the real world until his life changes drastically when he becomes a father and is left to care for his small child.               Temple Grandin (2010) Starring: Claire Daines Temple Grandin...
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Fun Winter Activities for Kids with Special Needs

When winter hits there are still lots of fun activities for special needs children. It doesn’t matter what level your children are at, you can find something fun and creative to do together. Help them to grow both mentally and physically and create great memories together in the process. Make the winter season a memorable time of the year. Feel free to share other exciting winter activity ideas in the comments section below. Sensory Snow – Playing in the snow is a great sensory activity. Children can make snowballs, snow men, snow angels, forts, go sledding and more. It is one of the most enjoyable activities during the chilly winter months. Playing in the snow is a great activity, but have you ever tried painting it? All that is needed are squirt bottles filled with food colored water. This activity is a great winter activity that is loads of fun and...
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What exactly is Modern Day ABA?

800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 By: Gina M. Ballone, MS, BCBA, LBA - When you hear the phrase “Applied Behavior Analysis,” what is the first thing you think of? Most people would say “autism” or “a type of therapy”. The main reason for writing this article is to debunk any misconceptions or myths about ABA and explain how it has evolved over the years. The first myth is that it is a “therapy”. ABA is a science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior, which focuses on objectively defining observable behaviors of social significance (Cooper, Heron & Howard, 1987). The principles of the science, or rather field of study, are applied in an ABA therapy program. The reason it’s important to point out that it’s a science is to give it significant credit as “empirically based”. There have been over 550 studies published, revealing...
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Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy California Contracts with Autism Services Group

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Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy Announces New Speech Therapy Clinic in Long Island

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services, Achievebeyondusa.com, is excited to announce the start of its’ new Speech Therapy Clinic Melville, Long Island. Melville is conveniently located on the border of Nassau and Suffolk counties right off of the Long Island Expressway (Exit 49S). Achieve Beyond has a dedicated team of speech language pathologists and educational supervisors who work with children and families. At the new center, children can receive speech therapy services on site in one of their new speech therapy rooms. Each room has a different theme to engage children while providing the appropriate materials needed to further speech therapy goals. Families have the option to pay privately and Achieve Beyond will provide invoices for families to seek reimbursement via their insurance company. The company offers an array of payment packages with discounts up to 15% depending on the package acquired. Achieve Beyond is finalizing their speech insurance contracts...
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10 More iPad Apps for Children with Autism

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis. With the invention of the iPad and rise of tablets in general many apps have been created to aid in developmental therapies of children on the Autistic spectrum. Here are 10 more apps that come highly recommended by Applied Behavior Analysts, BCBAs and special needs parents. If you have an app that has been beneficial to a child with special needs please feel free to post links to these apps below. Feel free to share these apps on your favorite social networks as well. Go Go Games Go Go Games is an app consisting of multiple games specifically designed for kids on the autism spectrum. These games focus on matching objects, which can be a difficult task for many people with Autism.Super WhySuper Why is an app that is great for children with Autism...
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Achieve Beyond and ASAT Autism Conference Video Slideshow

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy & Autism Services and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) hosted their 2nd Annual Autism Conference at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, New York. The all day conference featured a keynote presentation by Daniel W. Mruzek, Ph.D, BCBA-D , covering the topic of Scientist Practitioners in the classroom: Using Data to Guide Our Student's Programs, along with presentations by Mary McDonald, Ph.D, BCBA-D and Ruth Donlin M.S. The conference featured vendors within the Autism community including Eden II Genesis Outreach Autism Center, Discovery Toys, Achieve Beyond, ASAT and Inspiration Speaks. The BACB CEU conference was well attended by many behavior analysts, special educators, social workers and parents as well. This is a conference Achieve Beyond and ASAT will continue to work together to host in the years to come. Here is a photo slideshow of the Achieve Beyond / ASAT Autism Conference below....
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Great Toys for Children with Autism

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis. While devising individualized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy programs for these children many toys are used to aid in these programs. There are many toys out there that benefit children with Autism, but these are great ones that have been highly rated and proven to help children on the autistic spectrum. Please feel free to add more toy suggestions in the comments section below and to share this article on your favorite social networks as well. We hope you enjoy this list. Tangle Therapy by TangleTangle Creations Tangle Therapy: This twistable therapy device is a new ergonomic approach to stress relief, as well as a manipulative for hand therapy. The Tangle Therapy is more than your classic Tangle toy. Larger than the original tangles, this is a twisty and fun way to get hand,...
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10 iPad Apps for Children with Autism

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis. With the invention of the iPad and rise of tablets in general many apps have been created to aid in developmental therapies of children on the Autistic spectrum. Here are 10 that come highly recommended by Applied Behavior Analysts, BCBAs and special needs parents. If you have an app that has ben beneficial to a child with special needs please feel free to post links to these apps below. Feel free to share these apps on your favorite social networks as well. AutisMate AutisMate's is a great app for children with Autism because of it’s comprehensive approach that encourages users to develop communication and behavioral skills simultaneously, allowing each skill to build on the other through features like video modeling, stories, schedules and much more. Drawing Pad Drawing Pad is a mobile art studio...
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10 Signs Your Child Is Ready for Toilet Training

Toilet training is one of the most challenging acts for parents and especially for special needs parents with children on the autistic spectrum. One of the most important aspects is recognizing when the child is actually ready for this training to begin. If the child is not showing the signs of readiness for toilet training, they will not learn successfully. This usually happens in children anywhere between 18-24 months, but can vary depending on the child. Children with special needs may take up to a year longer than others to have the readiness for toilet training. Below are 10 signs that your child is most likely ready for toilet training. All of these criteria do not have to present to start training, but these signs show that the child most likely possesses the independence and understanding of going to the bathroom necessary for success. If you have any toilet training signs...
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5 Inspirational Videos on Autism Everyone Should View

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis throughout New York, California and Virginia. In this day and age of YouTube and the rise of video online, this medium has become a more powerful tool then ever to raise Autism Awareness in this country. Here are 5 inspiring videos on Autism that everyone should take a look at. They are exceptional videos that will most likely shed a new light on Autism for most that view them. If you have an inspirational video on Autism please feel free to post links to these apps below. Feel free to share these apps on your favorite social networks as well. The Face of Autism BBC - My Autism and MeJake: Math Prodigy Proud of His Autism Autistic Girl Displays Unimaginable IntelligenceWhat It is Like to Have a Brother With Autism Have a question? Want...
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5 More Autism Videos That Will Surely Inspire You

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services serves children with special needs nationwide on a daily basis throughout New York, California and Virginia. In this day and age of YouTube and the rise of video online, this medium has become a more powerful tool then ever to raise Autism Awareness in this country. Due to the great response we received in our first video blog, we have listed 5 more inspiring videos on Autism that everyone should take a look at. They are exceptional videos that will most likely shed a new light on Autism for most that view them.& If you have an inspirational video on Autism please feel free to post links to them below. Feel free to share these videos on your favorite social networks as well. Autism: How My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts WrongBringing the Early Signs of Autism Into FocusLife With Autism In Their Own...
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Great Online Resources for Special Needs Parents

Readily available resources for parents makes adjusting to life with a special needs child much more manageable. These online resources have been hand picked by Achieve Beyond Texas Program Director, Dana Mangus, as excellent resources parents of special needs children can consult for helpful articles, beneficial books, practical workshops they can attend, products that could help raise their children in their natural environments and more. Please feel free to bookmark these links, share them on Facebook with your friends or leave a comment with additional links at the bottom. We would love to hear your suggestions. 1. Autism Speaks Official Website http://www.autismspeaks.org/ 2. Mommy Speech Therapy http://mommyspeechtherapy.com/  3. Pediastaff Official Bloghttp://www.pediastaff.com/blog/ 4. American Speech and Hearing Association Official Website (ASHA)http://www.asha.org/  5. American Occupational Therapy Association Official Website (AOTA) http://www.aota.org/ 6. American Physical Therapy Association Official Website (APTA) http://www.apta.org/  7. Super Duper Incorporated Website http://www.superduperinc.com/Handouts/Handout.aspx?id=50 8. National Dissemination Center for Children with...
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10 Great Autism Parenting Books

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services aids special needs children and families on a daily basis. We know that parenting a child on the autistic spectrum is a consistent challenge. Parents are always looking for new methods and advice to make their child have the best chance to thrive in their natural environments. We took the time to recommend 10 excellent resources that special needs parents can look to as valuable references, for inspiration and to help make a difference in their child's lives. If you have any additional resources to suggest please do so in the comments section below. We would love to hear what books you would recommend. If you agree with these resources please feel free to share on Facebook and Twitter as well. Here are 10 books we recommend for special needs parents. Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew – by Ellen Notbohn1001...
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Autism, Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis

Bryan is 3 years old and has a vocabulary of three words. His parents say that he doesn’t seem to pay attention to other people. He attends preschool three days a week and his teachers say he is well behaved. However, he rarely plays with others and prefers flipping the pages of his favorite book. He was evaluated by a psychologist who diagnosed him with autism. She recommended early intervention using applied behavior analysis, what she called an ABA home program. It is difficult to receive news of a diagnosis of autism and fully understanding the professional recommendations can be overwhelming. This blog will provide a brief overview of autism, early intervention, applied behavior analysis (ABA) along with supplying additional resources for families.  Autism, a developmental disorder, includes symptoms in three areas: difficulty with social interactions, delays in language and communication development, and restricted or repetitive behaviors. Symptoms are seen before...
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10 Autism Quotes For Special Needs Parents

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\Achieve Beyond serves children on the autistic spectrum nationwide on a daily basis. We believe that quotes are a very memorable way to get powerful messages across that leave a lasting impression. We have compiled some of our favorite autism spectrum quotes to share with you from unknown authors, to Autism activist Temple Grandin to brilliant minds like Albert Einstein.

We hope these quotes inspire you enjoy these quotes and please feel free to share more with us in the comment section below or share this post on your favorite social network like Facebook or Twitter as well.

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