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    Picking a School for Your Child With Autism

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Starting school is a significant transition for young children, particularly for children who have autism and may struggle to adapt to change. Selecting the right school for your youngster’s needs may help ease the transition, and support his or her academic and social success. While searching for the right school, you may wish to reach out to your child’s autism therapist for advice.

    Evaluate the Basics

    After writing a list of nearby schools that may be possibilities for your child, you can do a little research to check out the basic statistics of those schools. Statistics and other basic information are often available on school websites. For example, evaluate the parent-child teacher ratio. Many children with autism require a great deal of individualized attention. The smaller the ratio, the more attention your child will receive. Additionally, consider the total number of students and the size of the campus. Some children with autism easily feel overwhelmed in large crowds.

    Meet the Teachers

    Contact the schools on your list to request a visit to their campuses. Meet the administrators and the teachers, and ask them any questions you have about the schools. For many families of children with autism, the most critical factor when selecting a school is to find one with great teachers who are sensitive to the needs of their children.

    Learn About the School’s Philosophy

    While visiting the school, ask the administrators and teachers about the school’s general philosophy and approach to education. Some private schools make it their mission to support the needs of students with special needs such as autism and learning differences. If you can find a school that personalizes learning plans to suit each child’s unique learning style, your kiddo may adapt to the school environment more readily.

    The autism specialists at STAR of CA can connect you with local resources to support your family’s needs. Call our autism therapy center at (805) 804-5671 and ask us about our programs, including school-based support, parent education, mental health services, and specialized services. Our autism therapists use evidence-based treatments exclusively, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques. 

    A Short Overview of the Verbal Behavior Approach

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach for autism treatment is a tool that autism specialists can use to help children learn communication skills. The VB approach helps children understand that words are connected with specific purposes. Based on the evidence-based principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), this approach breaks down communication into its simplest structures.

    The VB approach involves four basic word types. Mands are requests. For example, if the child says, “cookie,” the parent gives the child a cookie. A tact is a comment. If the child points out a blue car, the parent or therapist reinforces the comment by making a similar comment about the blue car. An intraverbal is a response or answer to a question, while an echoic is a repeated word. The idea behind VB therapy is to reinforce the idea that communication brings about positive results, such as praise or a desired object.

    The autism specialists of STAR of CA provide effective VB therapy and other ABA techniques in a calming, comforting environment. If you are looking for autism resources for your child in California, you can reach one of our offices by calling (805) 804-5671.

    How Autism Impacts Siblings

    Last updated 22 days ago

    A diagnosis of autism can significantly change family dynamics, including sibling relationships. Siblings of children with autism may feel frustrated that they have trouble interacting with their brother or sister, and they may feel left out or jealous that their sibling is receiving more parental attention.

    When you watch this video, you’ll hear the story of Joe and Matthew. Matthew was diagnosed with autism as a very young child and Joe struggled to come to terms with it for a long time. Today, Joe helps support his brother and he works with an autism advocacy organization. This video also explores the many benefits of support groups for siblings of children with autism.

    STAR of CA offers extensive family support services, including family counseling and sibling support groups in addition to our evidence-based autism treatments. You can connect with an autism specialist today by calling (805) 804-5671.

    How STAR of CA Helps Empower Families Facing Autism

    Last updated 1 month ago

    In 2006, STAR of CA was founded with the sole mission of delivering comprehensive, evidence-based autism treatments in an environment that supports the whole family. Our autism specialists understand how overwhelming autism can seem at times. That’s why we’ve developed programs such as parent education classes, mentorship programs, and other support services. We hope you will find our support services helpful and empowering as you navigate the world of autism therapy.

    Family Support Services

    The Family Support Services available at STAR of CA provide families with the tools they need to cope with the intense emotions that often accompany an autism diagnosis and ongoing challenges. Many families have turned to us because they experience significant stress and frustration or feelings similar to grief and loss. Families can benefit from our family counseling services, which help parents and siblings come to terms with the challenges of raising a child with special needs. These services also enhance a parent’s knowledge of the unique challenges of autism, intervention strategies, and advocacy tools. Additionally, our caring professionals can provide psychological testing and other evaluations for families. We encourage families to join our parent and sibling support groups.

    Parent Education Classes

    Autism therapies based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) have been shown to be highly effective for children. However, children can benefit even more when these techniques are applied outside the therapist’s office. Families can sign up for our parent education classes to learn more about ABA and how to apply these techniques in the home, school, and other environments.

    Peer Mentorship Program

    Children with autism may want to make friends, yet often do not know how. As a parent, it can be immensely challenging to watch your child struggle with peer interactions. STAR of CA offers a unique Peer Mentorship Program, which connects children with mentors and helps them enjoy social activities such as indoor sports.

    STAR of CA connects children and families with nurturing professionals who are experts in autism therapy. If you have any questions about the support services or autism therapies available at our centers, you can call (805) 804-5671. You can also visit us on the Web to learn more about our methodologies.

    Understanding the ABCs of Discrete Trial Training

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based approach commonly used to help children with autism. One of the techniques that falls under the ABA umbrella is discrete trial training (DTT). DTT is a highly structured ABA technique that breaks down certain skills into their most basic, or discrete, components. All discrete trials follow the same basic model, regardless of the skill the autism specialist is teaching. Continue reading to find out more about this technique.

    Overview of DTT

    DTT follows an ABC model. The “A” in ABC stands for antecedent. This step involves issuing a directive to the child. For example, the autism specialist might instruct the child to pick up a crayon. The “B” in ABC stands for behavior, or the child’s response to the directive. The youngster might perform the task, refuse to perform the task, attempt to perform the task, or display no response at all. The “C” in ABC stands for consequence, and refers to the response from the autism specialist or from the parent. For example, if the child does successfully pick up the crayon, he or she will receive praise as positive reinforcement.

    Ideal Settings for DTT

    When parents work with their children at home using the ABC model, it’s preferable to find an ideal setting for the best possible outcome. Children can often benefit from working in a quiet, distraction-free area. Often, children with autism struggle with hypersensitivities to sensory stimuli, such as bright lighting. Parents can make their children more comfortable while they work by providing a relaxing area that is not too stimulating.

    Skills Learned with DTT

    A wide range of skills can be successfully taught with DTT. DTT can be helpful for improving a child’s social and behavioral skills and communication abilities. For example, a child can learn to make appropriate eye contact during a conversation with DTT. It can also help a child learn self-help skills, such as getting dressed by him- or herself.

    The autism specialists of STAR of CA implement evidence-based methodologies such as discrete trial training and other ABA therapies. If you would like to learn more about our approach to helping children with autism, please call (805) 804-5671. Our autism specialists provide comprehensive, family-centric services in a nurturing and supportive environment.

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