Anxiety: Definition, Types & How to Treat

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On May 2, 2017
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I often hear from parents that their child exhibits a specific behavior because they are nervous or anxious. When presented with this information, I first try to understand what the parent is reporting. Often, parents may describe anything from hyperactivity or inattention to misbehavior or self-stimulating behavior as anxiety. Anxiety A general state of excessive [...]
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Disorders Comorbid with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Posted by Dr. Mike Mihajlovic
  • On April 27, 2017
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As a diagnostician, who focuses on identifying the symptoms and behaviors associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), one of the most significant challenges is the ruling out of comorbid mental health diagnoses.  What does “comorbid” mean?  This is a medical way of saying that disorders are occurring at the same time. The Diagnostic and Statistical [...]
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Soothing a Child on the Autism Spectrum

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On March 7, 2017
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Children who have significant developmental delays or who are on the autism spectrum often exhibit extreme emotions in situations where typical children may be only mildly frustrated or angry.  Many parents are at a loss when trying to handle these situations and often get very frustrated. In this blog post, I would like to address [...]
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Understanding Attention

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On January 25, 2017
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Difficulty paying attention can hinder the learning process for a child on the autism spectrum. The following attention processing model can help parents and clinicians reduce this difficulty. Let’s imagine attention processing is like playing a game of ping-pong. For a child to perceive something, the ping-pong ball bounces from the child, to the outside [...]
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What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder Really?

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On October 5, 2016
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In my presentations describing autism, I often describe a process where children, due to slowed information processing, turn away from social/verbal contact with the world and turn toward more concrete aspects of the world.  Children often develop a number of simplification strategies for dealing with a world that they view as too complex. One of [...]
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Instructional Acceptance: A Strong Foundation for Learning

  • Posted by Nathan Mathes
  • On April 11, 2016
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This blog post was co-authored by Eric Johnson and Laura Adamski.  When asked about goals for their child, most families who are new to autism services will say things like they want their child to talk, or to use the bathroom independently or to be able to get along better with friends. These are great [...]
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Self-Soothing Repetitive Behavior

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On October 6, 2015
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  • autism, child with autism, children with autism, self-soothing
Self-soothing repetitive behaviors do occur in typically developing children. Often it is a good strategy is to just ignore the behavior and it will go away fairly soon. Self-soothing repetitive behaviors can also be a sign of autism. In this blog post we will discuss reasons behind self-soothing repetitive behavior. Be sure to also read the [...]
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Functions of Behavior

  • Posted by Brandon Bamruk
  • On August 17, 2015
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  • autism behavior, behavior, functions of behavior
All children engage in problem behavior whether it be a child who is typically developing or a child who is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The child may cry, hit, bite or not comply (follow) an instruction that is being given; however, whatever the behavior is, the key is that each behavior is serving [...]
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Implications of Diffuse Neurological Dysfunction

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 21, 2014
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  • autism, dysfunction
Autism is considered to be one of the most severe forms of childhood neuropsychiatric disorders. Autistic disorders involve impairment in social reciprocity & communication, often together with cognitive deficits (Cook & Leventhal, 1992). Neuropsychological profiles of children with cognitive mental retardation differ from those of children with autism. Children with autism often show strengths in [...]
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Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Rational for Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On September 5, 2014
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  • behavior, child, child with autism, children with autism, language, wisconsin autism treatment
Although research continues, all evidence suggests that autism spectrum disorders result from a combination of about 10 genes. I also strongly believe that the symptoms of autism may also occur in children who had a lack of oxygen or brain bleeds at or before birth. Symptoms of autism are the result of pervasive non-specific neurological [...]
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