A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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If your child has recently been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there are likely many emotions you’re feeling and scenarios running through your mind. However, it can provide clarity and result in a starting point for navigating the next steps in your child’s life. Like many major life events, learning your child has autism will affect everyone in your family; even your network of friends. I

t’s no surprise that you will go through many new positive and challenging experiences, face many emotions and be forced to make many hard decisions. Caregivers often feel relief or comfort when their child is officially diagnosed as it solidifies and validates suspicions they’ve had, but also brings an overwhelming amount of stress and thoughts of “what do I do next?”

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? A Guide

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that refers to a broad range of characteristics that are categorized into two groups: deficits in social communication and restrictive/repetitive behaviors. Each of these categories outline a broad range (spectrum) of potential symptoms that one may display. Additionally, there are varying strengths and challenges an individual with autism faces and they are typically diagnosed with a severity level (level 1-3). According to the CDC, “People with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills.

They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and typically last throughout a person’s life.” Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States, which is twice as great as the 2004 rate of 1 in 26 (CDC, 2021). Autism is about four times more common among boys than girls, however, it occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Learn more about autism red flags here.
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What is Autism?

What is autism exactly?

Autism Is:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that refers to a broad range of characteristics that are categorized into two groups: deficits in social communication and restrictive/repetitive behaviors. Each of these categories outline a broad range (spectrum) of potential symptoms that one may display. Additionally, there are varying strengths and challenges an individual with autism face and they are typically diagnosed with a severity level (level 1-3).

According to the CDC, “People with ASD often have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. They might repeat certain behaviors and might not want change in their daily activities. Many people with ASD also have different ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to things. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and typically last throughout a person’s life.” Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States (CDC, 2021). Autism is about four times more common among boys than girls, however, it occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

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Getting Into the Field of ABA Therapy to Become an ABA Therapist



ABA therapy is a career field that is growing exponentially each year in the United States. As Autism diagnoses continue to increase each year, ABA therapy has become the gold standard of helping people with ASD learn skills to increase communication and social skills to become more independent. ABA, or applied behavior analysis is based in radical behaviorism, part of behavioral psychology. In ABA, practitioners use the premises of behavior analysis and apply them to teaching others. ABA is used in fields such as higher education, organizational behavior management, animal training, safety in the workplace, environmentalism and sustainability, medicine, and as it is most known for, autism therapy.

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A Day in the Life of a Behavior Therapist at Achieve Beyond

 

What is it like to be a Pediatric Behavioral Therapist? Meet Melissa, MA, and learn why she loves being a BT at Achieve Beyond!

Presented By: Melissa Renga, MA, - Quality Assurance Specialist & RBT

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ABA Therapy Westfield, NJ Clinic for Children with Autism

 

 Featuring 11 private 1:1 therapy rooms and a multi-use activity area, our first NJ clinic, helps our amazing team reach new heights in therapy for children with developmental disabilities.

Children with special needs can receive clinic-based or a mix of home and clinic-based therapy based on their needs, through private health insurance and private pay in a fun and safe clinic environment. BCBAs, or Board Certified Behavior Analysts, provide assessments, treatment plans, and ongoing supervision and training to our wonderful behavior therapists who conduct the 1:1 ABA therapy.

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Achieve Beyond Melville, NY Clinic | ABA & Speech Therapy for Children with Autism

 

Featuring 10 private 1:1 therapy rooms, a gym, and a sensory room, our first NY clinic, helps our amazing team reach new heights in therapy for children with developmental disabilities.

Children with special needs can receive clinic-based or a mix of home and clinic-based therapy based on their needs, through private health insurance and private pay in a fun and safe clinic environment. BCBAs, or Board Certified Behavior Analysts, provide assessments, treatment plans, and ongoing supervision and training to our wonderful behavior therapists who conduct the 1:1 ABA therapy.

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How Visual Aids Can Help Your Child Process Things



Take a look at our quick tip video all about visual aids! Visual aids help children and adults remember and process things. Learn about different visual reminders that you can utilize with your child to help them with everyday life tasks.

Presenter: Presented by: Tara Karen, M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBA, Regional Clinical & Operations Director

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How to help increase your kiddos daily living skills!

Meet Sean-Nicole, one of our amazing BCBA candidate's at Achieve Beyond! She's discussing how to increase your child's daily living skills!

Presenter: Presented by: Sean-Nicole Kellar BCBA LBA

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Going from Sippy Cups to Using Straws

"I tell my friends and parents, sippy cups were engineered for parents not for children." Learn more about how to transition your child from sippy cups to straws with Sonu!

Presenter: Presented by: Sonu Sanghoee, MS,CCC-SLP – Related Services Clinical Director

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Let's Talk ABA Therapy with Achieve Beyond!

 

Meet Erin, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Achieve Beyond who wants to talk about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy with you!

With presenter: Erin Ficara MA, LBA, BCBA

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Easy & Fun Jell-O Sensory Activity!

Meet Samira, one of our dedicated BCBA candidates at Achieve Beyond! She's demonstrating a fun and easy sensory Jell-O activity!

Presenter: Samira Goldberg, BT, BCBA candidate

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Parents: Join in on the fun with your kids!

 

Meet Senovia, one of our ABA Clinical Supervisors at Achieve Beyond! She's showing us how to join in on the fun with your children's play activities!

Presented by: Senovia Boone, M.S. Ed. - ABA Clinical Supervisor(Bronx/Brooklyn)

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How to Keep Strategies Consistent!

 

Meet Sharita, one of our dedicated BCBA/LBA supervision candidates at Achieve Beyond! She's covering how to keep the strategies implemented by your behavior therapist consistent even after the sessions end.

Presented by: Sharita Chambers - BT, BCBA/LBA Supervision Candidate

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Easy Sensory Activity: Puffy Paint!

 

Meet Samira, a BCBA supervision candidate at Achieve Beyond! She's showing us how to get a little fun and messy with this puffy paint sensory activity!

Presented by: Samira Goldberg - BCBA Supervision Candidate

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5 Tips to Help Your Child Cooperate!

 

Join Tara our Clinical and Operations Director as she discusses 5 tips to help your child cooperate!

Presented by: Tara Karen, M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBA - Regional Operations Director

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Motivate Your Child By Giving Them Choices

 

Introducing Lori, a BCBA at Achieve Beyond. She's discussing how you can help motivate your child by providing them with choices!

Presented by: Lori Estien M.S., BCBA, LBA - Assistant Clinical Director

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4 Tips to Help Get Your Child Moving!

 

Join Tara our Clinical and Operations Director as she discusses 4 tips to help get your child moving!

Presented by: Tara Karen, M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBA - Regional Operations Director

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How to Motivate Your Child Without Bribing Them!

 

Meet Sharita, an LBA/BCBA Supervision Candidate here at Achieve Beyond! Sharita is discussing how to motivate your child without having to bribe them!

Presented by: Sharita Chambers - LBA/BCBA Supervision Candidate

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3 Tips to Help Your Child Express Their Wants and Needs!

 

Join Tara our Clinical and Operations Director as she discusses 3 tips to help get your child express their wants and needs!

Presented by: Tara Karen, M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBA - Regional Operations Director

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Tips For Helping Your Child De-Escalate

 

Lori is discussing how to help de-escalate your child and cope with the situation at hand!

Presented by: Lori Estien M.S., BCBA, LBA - Assistant Clinical Director

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