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Posted on May 30, 2019 in Anxiety, Asperger Syndrom, Autism, Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Mental Health Awareness, News, Parenting, Therapy

Vacations & Autism

Families of children with special needs often avoid taking family vacations as they feel it would be difficult to find a new place that will be adaptable to their child’s special needs. Children on the autism spectrum can have a difficult time dealing with the changing schedules and routines that come with taking a holiday trip. However, this does not mean that they should not have the opportunity to explore the world around them like other children. A  little mindfulness and preparation on the part of the family members can help make a welcome break for the entire family. Tips and Suggestions Research the airline service and hotel. Make inquiries prior to your traveling date in order to learn if there will be any difficulty in accommodating your child. Prepare the airline and hotel for possible scenarios but do not offend/scare them in the process. Ensure that your child is okay with flying. Autism experts and doctors recommended showing pictures of aircrafts to the child to help familiarize them....

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Posted on Apr 9, 2019 in Asperger Syndrom, Autism, News, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Psychological Testing, Toddlers

Autism: Testing and Assessment

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comprises a cluster of developmental disorders which impact the way a person behaves, communicates and socializes with others. A diagnosis of ASD comprises several conditions which used to be diagnosed separately: Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Early diagnosis can significantly benefit a child with ASD. However, diagnosing ASD can be difficult as there is no lab test that can determine if an individual is suffering from the condition. Doctors usually have to rely on observation of the person’s behavior and listening to their parent’s concerns. Autism is generally diagnosed after the following are completed Developmental Screening Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation As part of Developmental Screening, the doctor appointed will screen your child for any developmental complaints during regular and routine visits. The doctor may or may not refer you to a specialist in case developmental disorders are spotted. The specialist’s job is to run physical tests on your child to eliminate the possibility of any other causes that might be leading...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Autism, Children, Counseling, News, Other Resources, Parenting, Self Esteem, Social Anxiety, Social Skills, Therapy

Autism Social Skills Groups Forming Now

Social skills are an important part of every child’s development. The formation of these skills is often key to developing meaningful relationships as well as a contributor to academic success. What are social skills? Social skills are learned behaviors which promote positive relationships and interactions with other people. Some of these skills are: Communicating with others Negotiating Problem solving Showing empathy Being helpful Expressing generosity Participating in group activities. Why social skills groups for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders? Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – and other disabilities – often lack social skills. Learning how to communicate effectively – both verbally and non-verbally – with peers can boost self-esteem, combat loneliness and help lay a foundation for a successful academic and social experience. Social Skills Groups at Agor Behavioral Health Services, Inc. We invite children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to join one of our social skills groups which will provide: Evidenced-based interventions that will teach a specific skill each week utilizing various teaching modalities Curriculum based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s...

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Posted on Oct 12, 2014 in Books

Recommended Reading

The resources listed on this page are not intended to replace therapy, either counseling or medication. They are provided as an educational resource to help our clients, and visitors to this site, learn more about the concerns and issues that they may be living with every day.   ANGER The Anger Control Workbook, by Matthew McKay and Peter Rogers The Explosive Child, by Ross W. Greene ANXIETY The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund J. Bourne The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook, by Martin Antony and Richard Swinson ASPERGER’S SYNDROME The Everything Parent’s Guide To Children With Asperger’s Syndrome: Help, Hope, And Guidance (Everything: Parenting and Family), by William Stillman ASSERTIVENESS The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships (Paperback), by Randy J. Paterson Ph.D. Assertiveness: How Can I Say What I Mean? Perspectives on Relationships, by Kate Havelin ATTACHMENT DISORDER When Love Is Not Enough, by Nancy Thomas ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD) Attention Games, by Barbara Sher and Ralph Butler A Bird’s-Eye View of Life with...

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