The 5 Best Types of Toys for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

he holidays are here, and that means it's time to start buying and wrapping presents for those who are near and dear to our hearts. If you have a loved one in your life with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) you may find yourself struggling with ideas for the perfect gift. The good news is that there are plenty of fun, skill-building toys available for that special someone in your life with ASD.

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Jayna Nickert
8 ways to make the holidays brighter for your child or loved one with Autism Spectrum Disorder

While the holidays are oftentimes a season for spending time with family and friends and spreading love, many families who have a child or loved one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) struggle during this time of the year. The good news is that there are a variety of behavioral methods for helping treat ASD, and with a few evidence-based guidelines you'll be on your way toward feeling all of the joy and gratitude the holidays bring rather than feelings of fear or dread.

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Jayna Nickert
What’s the Autism Spectrum according to the DSM-V?

Sometimes when we think of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or autism in general, we imagine the old criteria of this disorder which has recently changed over the last decade with the release of the DSM-V. There are new definitions and criteria for autism in comparison to the definitions most of us were familiar with when the DSM-IV was the standard for diagnosing mental health disorders

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Jayna Nickert
Therapeutic interventions for improved mental health and strengthening family bonds

When a child is suffering from a behavioral or mental health disorder it can affect the entire family. This calls for a system of support for individuals and families alike who would like some assistance in adjusting to life and strengthening the bond between parent and child. This can be done through a variety of methods, and since every family and individual is different—requiring a unique approach to meeting these needs, each therapeutic model should be custom designed to address each client.

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Jayna Nickert
ABA therapy: An effective treatment option for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Having a child or loved one in your life with Autism can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences. With such a vast spectrum that ranges from severely developmentally impaired to mildly Asperger's, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to care and treatment. The most widely recognized form of treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) today is applied behavioral analysis (ABA).

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Jayna Nickert
Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in America

With nearly 2% of children born having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (an increase of over 120% since 2000) the demand for autism assessments and treatment options is high, and ever-growing in the US. Learn more about treatment options for autism spectrum disorders.

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