Introduction to Early Autism Treatment

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 21, 2012
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  • autism, behavior, child with autism, children with autism, motivation
We believe that it’s important to understand typical development and complex behaviors. Highly complex behaviors are considered advanced development, and there are neurological changes that occur as the complexity of a child’s behavior increases. We hope to provide new therapists with an understanding of how behaviors build upon one another to become complex behavioral patterns. […]
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Introducing Learning Experiences

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 21, 2012
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  • child with autism, children with autism, experience, learning
As a child grows, his understanding of cause and effect will be challenged, requiring more problem-solving ability. One exercise in this area involves having the parent hold a desired item until the child looks at the parent’s eyes. As the parent holds on to the item, the usual response is for the child to pull […]
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Increasing Abstract Language

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 21, 2012
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  • language, request
Part of therapy for children with autism involves expanding the child’s ability to make statements about himself and note the difference between himself and others.   Self-Referential Requesting Here the child should be able to describe his personal likes and dislikes in statements and requests. This step moves from directing the environment to tying the […]
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Expanding the Ability to Communicate

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 21, 2012
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  • child with autism, children with autism, label, language, request, therapist
Our society works by shared understandings. For example, we’ve decided to label a certain color red. Red is determined by each individual as they’re faced with the concept of red. As a child navigates through the world, he must learn these meanings. In our work with children who live with autism, there is a dual […]
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Learning to Communicate

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 20, 2012
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  • child, expressive, label, language, request
Imagine the therapist swings the child and then shows the child a picture of the child’s mom and says “Who is it?” When the child says “mama”, the therapist swings the child. Here we are teaching the child to label a picture of the child’s mother as mama and rewarding the child by swinging the […]
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Early Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD-NOS Research

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 20, 2012
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  • aspergers, autism, child with autism, children with autism, development, pdd-nos
It’s estimated that there are almost 10 people diagnosed with autism for every 10,000 people (Bauman & Kemper, 2005). When associated conditions such as Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) are included, the number rises to about 27.5 people for every 10,000 people (Bauman & Kemper, 2005). More recent surveys have […]
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Teaching a Child to Enjoy the World

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 20, 2012
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  • applied behavior analysis, child, child with autism, children with autism, therapy
It’s important that a child with autism feels comfortable and happy with his or her environment. These children often have difficulty with new environments and may be unwilling to try new foods, lash out with temper tantrums in new places, or show anxious reactions when exposed to unfamiliar people. The first goal is to understand […]
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Learning to Understand Language

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 20, 2012
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  • child, imitation, language, verbal, visual
To teach a child to note the differences in verbal and auditory sensory signals, we repeat the child’s sounds back to him/her. Note: This should not be done with sounds the child finds distressing. Rather, it should be done in a face-to-face position while playing a physical interaction game that the child likes. The goal […]
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Learning to Respond to People

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 20, 2012
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  • 2-d, 3-d, child, language, receptive labels
Once we know the things that a child with autism enjoys, we can use those experiences as a part of treatment. Providing fun activities for a child when he responds in a preferred way can be done easily in a play format. As these behaviors become the rule, rewards can be moved to less thrilling […]
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