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.
Jan
24

Movies Featuring Characters on the Autistic Spectrum

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Mozart and the Whale movie cover
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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 paints a picture of a young woman's perseverance and...
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Nov
27

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 at...
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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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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 Facts About Autism

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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 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 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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Mar
01

Developmental Guidelines: What Most Babies Do at 36 Months

Dervelopemental guidelines for children thirty six months of age (3 years) - Achieve Beyond Blog
Social and EmotionalCopies adults and friendsShows affection for friends without promptingTakes turns in gamesShows concern for crying friendUnderstands the idea of "mine" and "his" or "hers"Shows a wide range of emotionsSeparates easily from mom and dadLanguage/CommunicationFollows instructions with 2 or 3 stepsCan name most familiar thingsUnderstands words like "in", "on", and "under"Says "I", "me", "we", "you" and some plurals (cars, dogs, cats)Talks well enough for strangers to understand most of the timeCognitive (Learning, Thinking, Problem-Solving)Can work toys with buttons, levers and moving partsPlays make-believe with dolls, animals and peopleDoes puzzles with 3 or 4 piecesUnderstands what "two" meansCopies a circle with pencil or crayonTurns book pages one at a timeBuilds towers of more than 6 blocksScrews and unscrews jar lids or turns door handleMovement/Physical DevelopmentClimbs wellRuns easilyPedals a tricycle (3 wheel bike)Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each stepRed Flags For 36 Month Old BabiesDrools or has very unclear...
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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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Feb
26

When We Hurt For Our Kids

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It may be impossible not to do, but maybe just being aware of it when we experience it, would be helpful.There may be almost nothing more painful than watching our kids hurt. Most often we'd rather do their suffering for them.I am sure it is "Mama Bear instinct" when we see our kids in any kind of pain - whether it is physical or emotional - whether they are the cause of their pain or not at fault.There are, of course, situations when their pain needs to be our business.And there are plenty more situations where their issues need to belong to our kids.However, the focus of this article is not about whether or not to step in. It is aboutbringing to light the serious ramifications we could create simply with our perspective of the child's issue/s.Sometimes when our kids have pain, we feelsorry for them. …down-right pity them. Learning disabilities,...
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