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.
May
04

Tips to Build Communication


Using gestures or language can be challenging for many children with developmental delays, language delays or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is important to remember that with help and understanding, your child can develop communication skills.Children can often find it hard to relate and communicate with others especially when it is difficult for them to understand language or use language. Many children will learn unconventional ways to communicate such as using made-up words, repeating words or using them in the wrong context, pushing or pulling caregivers to what they want or using undesirable behaviors to access what they want.It is important to remember to help your child communicate and meet them at their skill level now, not where you want them to be. The more successful your child feels when learning new ways to communicate, the more often they will begin to use these new skills.Here are 4 helpful tips to...
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Feb
12

What's Priming?


Priming is an evidence based ABA intervention that is used to prepare children for possibly challenging activities or events. It can be difficult to predict how your child will react to some situations, such as visiting the dentist or taking an airplane for the first time, but priming beforehand can help familiarize them with the new setting and ease transition.Priming is most effective when it is built into the child's everyday routine at school and home. It typically involves presenting the materials that would be naturally found in the new setting. This can be through social stories, books, video modeling, a related toy or an actual item from that environment, such as a toothbrush for the dentist or a stethoscope for a doctor's visit. This can reduce the child's stress and anxiety and increase their sense of predictability and success.Some Guidelines for Priming:Develop a Routine- If priming for a dental visit,...
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Dec
04

Reducing Holiday Stress with Children


For many, the holidays represent a time of love, family, giving, joy, and excitement. For those with children with developmental disabilities, it can also mean an increase in stress and chaos. Time off of school, change in routines, unstructured time, addition of family visitors, and sensory overload are all potential stressors for our children. In order to help your child(ren) prepare for this holiday season, here are a few tips to keep in mind!Try to keep some routines: Even if you are traveling or have family over, try to keep a few routines for your child so that they can have some structure still. Keeping the same morning or evening routines, lunch time, etc. can help your child remain familiar with some of their day.Plan ahead: If your child gets anxious and perseverates on events, try to notify them only a few days in advance of big events. If your child...
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Oct
07

Fall Activities for Kids


Autumn-lovers, your favorite season is finally here. As the weather gets cooler and the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start thinking about how you can help your kids get outdoors and take advantage of all that this amazing season has to offer.From fun arts-and-crafts projects to festive outings, this list of 20 fall activities for kids has something for everyone!Visit an apple orchard.Make a classic apple crisp.Build a scarecrow stuffed with newspaper.Have an apple cider "tea" party.Bake apple chips.Make an apple stamp.Make handprint leaves.Jump into a leaf pile.Play "I Spy" during a nature walk.Collect and identify leaves.Press leaves into a photo album.Visit a zoo.Check out a haunted house.Make a necklace with Halloween-colored beads.Take a hayride at your local pumpkin patch.Toast the pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin.Decorate pumpkins with paint, markers or stickers.Enter your decorated pumpkin into a local contest, or have your own contest!Roll down hills and...
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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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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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Mar
01

10 Summer Activities For Special Needs Children

Summer is here! There are so many great activities that can be done when the weather is sunny and warm outside. Here are some fun activities that can be done with special needs children that can potentially help them improve their social skills, motor skills and cognitive abilities. If you have more fun activities you would like to share with other special needs parents that read this blog please feel free to leave a comment below or post them on Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy & Autism Services's Facebook pageDig for worms This a great exercise to improve a special needs child’s fine motor skills. Re-home the worms next to that seedling you planted. The child can have fun getting their hands dirty and at the same time help your garden at the same time. Build a “fairy house” Create a miniature “fairy house” outside with your own yards’ twigs, pebbles, pine...
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