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Gaining independence can be rewarding but challenging for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is essential to begin teaching daily living skills even at a young age. For example, can your child complete their morning routine without adult assistance? If not, what do they need...

Social skill deficits related to having Autism Spectrum Disorders can cause a child to be a victim of bullying by other children. These children do not often understand the deficits and quirky behaviors that children with Autism may display. In addition, the deficits these children...

What an exciting time of year it is for children, but maybe not so much if your child has Autism. There can be spooky costumes, scary noises, crowds of unfamiliar people, and so much more. But let’s think of how to make Halloween fun for...

Transitioning occurs at different stages during the journey of Autism. Often the first step is diagnosis and then transitioning into services for your child. In Indiana, the first step program often offers free speech, occupational, and development therapy at 1 hour per week in your...

School can be difficult for children with Autism for so many reasons and the difficulty increases each year. Language is an essential component to being successful in the classroom as you have to both understand and communicate with others. In addition, language is essential to...

Birthday parties are an exciting and fun time for many but can become a struggle for those on the Autism Spectrum. Consider that perhaps the birthday party is held in an environment that is too loud or too crowded for your child. Some children with...

Independence Day is an exciting holiday for most, but can be a bad experience for some children with Autism. So, let’s think of how to make July 4th fun and not frightening for your child. The first thing is to determine what it is about...

Sensory has become such as buzz word within the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. But, what is it? Sensory is something that your body feels either input into you such as getting a massage or something external such as touching sandpaper. Some children with Autism...

The average age of diagnosis in the United State for Autism is 2 ½ years old. However, many parents are unable to seek out services from early intervention programs such as First Steps in Indiana beyond age 3. Thus, between diagnosis and the age of...