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Top 10 Tips for Teachers

It’s an unfortunate truth, but most teachers receive very little behavior management training during their credentialing programs. On average, teacher training programs mandate zero to one classes on behavior and mental health alike; therefore, a teacher may spend the entire school year unsuccessfully navigating behavior management in the classroom.

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Animals and Autism: A Promising Treatment Approach

One area that is receiving a lot of attention is the use of animal-assisted therapy (frequently dogs) for individuals with autism. While research is limited, studies reveal that children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) laugh, talk, and display other positive social behaviors when they have a companion animal with them. A recent study explored the viewpoints of youth with ASDs. This...

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There is No "Miracle Cure" for Autism

Autism affects the life of one in 68 children in the U.S., asserts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, slowly increasing prevalence over recent years suggests the actual rates may be higher than officially recognized. Unfortunately, this has created the perfect opportunity for people to take advantage of those with autism and their families. Even behavior analysts...

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5 Tips for Running Your ABA Business

The following five tips for running an applied behavior analysis business can be utilized whether your ABA business is already established and growing or if you are currently in the process of building your business from the ground up.

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ABA Through the Holidays: Encouraging Those With Autism

The holidays can be a period of extreme stress and happiness. While many people overcome the challenges of this time, those with autism can easily fall behind in social or intellectual development. Per Autism Speaks, some of the most striking ways of managing the holiday stress mirror coping mechanisms people use daily, ranging from the use of mobile devices and apps to being open to new...

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Addressing Employee Turnover in Your ABA Agency

The reality is that sometimes employees quit. While not all employee turnover is bad, many applied behavior analysis (ABA) service providers seem to experience a higher employee turnover rate than is seen in other industries. Since employee turnover is costly (at approximately $5,000 each person), if your ABA agency is experiencing a high employee turnover rate, you must address this problem....

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Employ Psychologists to Close the Gap in ASD Care

Although the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, there remains a shortage of teachers and other professionals available to provide individuals with ASD comprehensive services. While these shortages are experienced by educational facilities and care centers throughout the nation, a new tactic is being adopted, employing psychologists as a means...

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The Role of Diet in Helping People with Autism Lead Healthy, Sexual Lives

The role of diet in living a fulfilling, healthy life is often brought up on daytime television and across the internet. However, many forget the role diet plays in maintaining sexual health, and individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or intellectual disabilities may experience problems with sexual performance or erectile functioning. In fact, psychological disabilities or...

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Can Hyperbaric Therapy Help People With Autism?

Many believe in the power of "stacking the deck" in favor of those with autism by combining Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with complementary and alternative medicinal (CAM) therapy. In recent months, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has become a focal point for people in this group. However, little evidence suggests it has any true benefit, reasserting ABA's position as the preferred...

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The Financial Impact of Autism-Related Mobile Technology

Research on new developments and technologies to improve the lives of people with autism is ongoing and rapidly evolving. Funded by various research institutions, including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs by the National Institutes of Health, new technologies, including mobile technology (mobile tech), are being created to...

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