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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Diagnosing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On March 10, 2015
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Let me begin by introducing myself.  I am Dr. Eric Lund and I began my education by attaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. After graduation, I began to work in a variety of settings including an inpatient psychiatric hospital and private practice. My main focus at that time was doing full psychological assessments with children [...]
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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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Parenting a Child on the Autism Spectrum

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On April 13, 2013
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  • autism, behavior, child, child with autism, children with autism, language
I often get questions such as “why is my child on the autism spectrum so challenging to parent”.  Many parents have raised several children and find that parenting a child on the spectrum is significantly more challenging than they have previously experienced. Children on the autism spectrum often take over as the leader of the [...]
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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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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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