Reach For The Stars Pediatric Therapy Blog

Reach For The Stars with this pediatric therapy and autism services blog by the national early intervention company Achieve Beyond serving CA, CT, FL, MD, NJ, NY and VA continuing to expand. This blog features stories about special needs children, professional therapists and editorials for special needs parents.
Jun
20

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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Jun
12

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, joint...
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Jun
12

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 app...
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Jun
12

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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Jun
12

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 AutismHave a question? Want to suggest...
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12

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 WordsAutism...
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May
16

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=508. National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilitieshttp://nichcy.org/ About Dana Mangus:Dana Mangus holds a Masters...
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May
07

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 Great Ideas...
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Apr
23

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 the age...
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Apr
15

10 Autism Quotes For Special Needs Parents

Ten autism quotes for special needs parents - Achieve Beyond Blog

\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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Apr
15

10 Facts About Autism

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Apr
15

10 More Autism Quotes For Special Needs Parents

Ten autism quotes for special needs parents - Achieve Beyond Blog
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. Due to the popularity of our last post, we have compiled more of our favorite autism spectrum quotes from around the web to share with you from unknown authors, to former presidents, to professionals in the field of ASDs. We hope these quotes inspire you and enjoy these autism related quotes. 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.“I'm autistic: before they made me, they broke the mold.” - Unknown“What I like to tell parents is that raising a child with autism is running a marathon. It's not a sprint” -Dr. Brian Bowman“Get to know someone on the spectrum...
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Mar
29

What To Observe On A Child Who Might Have A Diagnosis Of Autism

A child receiving Pediatric Speech Therapy from an SLP at Achieve Beyond.
As Speech Language Pathologists we need to be aware of some behavior/signs that children on the Autism Spectrum might have. It does not mean that every child with Autism will present these behavior/signs, but most of them will prompt us to make an accurate observation on the child's responses to make the proper referral for an evaluation which can lead to an appropriate diagnosis.As Linda Watson, Ed.D.,CCC-SLP Associate Professor from the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC wrote in different articles familiarity with the literature about the early development of children of Autism will improve the ability of professionals to appropriately diagnose and intervene young children who may have a form of autism.In her article "Toddlers with Autism, Developmental Perspectives", she presented the development of young children with Autism by discussing the developmental domains of affective development, sensory processing and attention, praxis...
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Mar
01

Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 2 Months

Developmental guidelines for children at two months of age - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalBegins to smile at peopleCan briefly calm himself (may bring hands to mouth)Tries to look at parent Language / CommunicationCoos, Makes Gurgling SoundsTurns Heads Towards Sounds Cognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving) Pays Attention to FacesBegins to follow things with eyes and recognize people at a distanceBegins to act bored (cries, fussy) if activity does not changeMovement/Physical DevelopmentCan hold head up and begins to push up when lying on tummyMakes smoother movements with arms and legsRed Flags For 2 Month Old Babies Does Not Respond to loud soundsDoesn't watch things as they moveDoesn't smile at peopleDoesn't bring hands to mouthCan't hold head up when pushing up when on tummyHave a question? Want to learn more? Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to follow up with you. About Achieve Beyond: Achieve Beyond is an agency founded by Dr. Trudy Font-Padron in 1995 and remains...
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Mar
01

Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 4 Months

Developmental guidelines for children at four months of age - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalSmiles spontaneously, especially at peopleLikes to play with people and might cry when playing stopsCopies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling and frowningLanguage/CommunicationBegins to babbleBabbles with expression and copies sounds he hearsCries in different ways to show hunger, pain, or being tiredCognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)Lets you know if she is happy or sadResponds to affectionsReaches for toy with one handUses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for itFollows moving things with eyes from side to sideWatches faces closelyRecognizes familiar people and things at a distanceMovement/Physical DevelopmentHolds head steady, unsupportedPushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surfaceMay be able to roll over from tummy to backCan hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toysBrings hands to mouthWhen lying on stomach, pushes up to elbowsRed Flags For 4 Month Old BabiesDoesn't watch things as they moveDoesn't smile at peopleCan't...
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Mar
01

Developmental Guidelines : What Most Babies Do at 6 Months

Developmental guidelines for children at six months of age - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalKnows Familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a strangerLikes to play with others, especially parentsResponds to other people's emotions and often seems happyLikes to look at self in mirrorLanguage/CommunicationResponds to sounds by making soundsString vowels together when babbling ("ah", "eh" , "oh") and likes taking turns with parent while making sounds.Responds to own nameMakes sounds to show joy and displeasureBegins to say consonant sounds (jabbering with "m", "b")Cognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)Looks around at things nearbyBrings things to mouthShows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reachBegins to pass things from one hand to the otherMovement/Physical DevelopmentRolls over in both directions (front to back, back to front)Begins to sit without proper supportWhen standing, supports weight on legs and might bounceRocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forwardRed Flags For 6 Month Old BabiesDoesn't try to get things that are in...
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Mar
01

Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 9 Months

Developement guidelines for children at nine months of age - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalMay be afraid of strangersMay be clingy with familiar adultsHas favorite toysLanguage / CommunicationUnderstands "no"Makes a lot of different sounds like "mamamama" and "bababababa"Copies sounds and gestures of othersUses fingers to point at thingsCognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)Looks around for things he sees you hidePlays peek a booPuts things in her mouthPicks up things between thumb and index fingerMovement/Physical DevelopmentStands holding onCan get into sitting positionSits without supportPulls to standCrawlsRed Flags For 9 Month Old BabiesDoesn'tbeat weight on legs with supportDoesn't seem to recognize familiar peopleDoesn't sit with helpDoesn't look where you pointDoesn't babble ("mama", "dada", "baba")Doesn't transfer toys from one hand to anotherDoesn't play any games involving back and forth playDoesn't respond to own nameHave a question? Want to learn more? Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to follow up with you. About Achieve Beyond: Achieve Beyond is an...
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Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 12 Months

Developmental guidelines for children at twelve months of age - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalIs shy or nervous with strangersCried when mom or dad leavesShows fear in some situationsHands you a book when he wants to hear a storyRepeats sounds or actions to get attentionPuts out arm or leg to help with dressingPlays games such as "peek-a-boo" and "pat-a-cake"Language/CommunicationResponds to simple spoken requestsUses simple gestures, like shaking head "no" or waving "bye-bye"Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech)Says "mama" and "dada" and exclamations like "uh-oh"Tries to say words you sayCognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging and throwingFinds hidden things easilyLooks at the right picture or thing when it's namedCopies gesturesStarts to use things correctly; for example drinks from a cup, brushes hairFollows simple directions like "pickup the toy"Movement/Physical DevelopmentGets to a sitting position without helpPulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture ("cruising")May take a few steps without holding onMay stand aloneRed Flags For...
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01

Developmental Guidelines : What Most Babies Do at 18 Months

Developmental guidelines for children at the age of eighteen month old - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalLikes to hand things to others as playMay have temper tantrumsMay be afraid of strangersShows affection to familiar peopleMay cling to caregivers in new situationsPoints to show others something interestingExplores alone but with parents close byLanguage / CommunicationSays several single wordsSays and shakes head "no"Points to show someone what he wantsCognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)Knows what ordinary things are for; for example telephone, brush, spoonPoints to get the attention of othersShows interest in a doll or stuffed animal by pretending to feedPoints to one body partScribbles on his ownCan follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures; for example, sites when you say "sit down"Movement/Physical DevelopmentWalk aloneMay walk up steps and runPulls toys while walkingCan help undress herselfDrinks from a cupEats with a spoonRed Flags For 18 Month Old BabiesDoesn't point to show things to othersDoesn't gain new wordsCan't walkDoesn't have at least 6 wordsDoesn't know what familiar things are forDoesn't...
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Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 24 Months

Developemental guidelines for children at twenty four months of age (2 years) - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalCopies others, especially adults and older childrenGets excited when with other childrenShows more and more independenceShows defiant behavior (doing what he has been told not to)Plays mainly beside other children but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase gamesLanguage/CommunicationSays sentences with 2 to 4 wordsRepeats words overheard in conversationKnows names of familiar people and body partsFollows two-step instructions such as "Pick up your shoes and put them in the closet"Points to things in a bookCognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)Finds things even when hidden under two or three coversBeings to sort shapes and colorsCompletes sentences and rhymes in familiar booksPlays simple make-believe gamesBuilds towers of 4 or more blocksNames items in a picture book such as cat, bird or dogMovement/Physical DevelopmentStands on tiptoeKicks a ballBegins to runClimbs onto and down from furniture without helpWalks up and down stairs holding onMakes or copies straight lines and circlesRed Flags For...
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