Appropriate Expectations

Appropriate Expectations Having the right expectations for your children in light of their unique circumstance is so important. We want your child to function optimally, just like you do. It’s our hope, that through the use of expert tools and resources your child can progress towards independence, prepared, and confident. Expectations have the ability to […]

Slowing it Down

Slowing it Down Today’s approach is known as “slowing it down.” This processing approach is similar to “breaking it down.” It may be difficult to rush your son or daughter through things like chores and the morning routine etc. One possible solution to help your child from getting stuck is to slow…. things…. down. You […]


Breaking-It-Down Sometimes, tasks and chores need to be broken down into individual steps or pieces. Remember, the processing funnel of your child is susceptible to getting stuck when overwhelmed with too much information. For example, avoid assigning vague or unclear tasks like, “Clean your room up and then you can go play with your friends.” […]


Frontloading Today’s processing friendly tool is known as frontloading. Similar to forecasting, this tool is used to help remind your child of past behavior patterns before setting expectations with them. For example, if your son or daughter gets very hyper when they go to a particular friend of family members house, you might say, “Sarah, […]


Forecasting The processing friendly tool we’d like to share with you today is known as “forecasting.” If you’re like me, when you make plans to go to the lake or on a hike, you check the weather forecast. Why? That way you know what to expect and can plan accordingly. Now, think about how this […]

Arm Around the Shoulder Approach

One effective approach that parents can use to avoid sticky situations and help their child feel supported as they move towards independence is the “arm around the shoulder approach.” By putting this simple approach into practice, you can help make overwhelming situations not so daunting for your child with autism.

5 Listening Habits We All Need to Break

5 Listening Habits We All Need to Break If there are effective ways to listen, there are certainly ineffective ways to listen. Taking the time to listen to your child, and really hear them out is so important. Having worked firsthand with ASD youth, being heard is sometimes all they want. Here are 5 ineffective […]

What is a Visual Support?

We often hear about visual supports and schedules for children and adults with autism.  A visual schedule is made up of pictures or objects representing events that happen during a time period.  For example, the task of brushing teeth can be broken down into steps: Get out toothbrush and toothpaste Open the cap on the […]

Types of long-term behavioral therapies

What types of therapy? There are many types of therapy for autistic children. Doctors often refer to or recommend occupational, speech, physical, and music therapy. Each therapist will complete a thorough assessment of your child and then decide the amount and frequency of therapy. Usually, a child attends therapy on a weekly basis and receives […]