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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Prioritizing School and ABA Therapy

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On October 10, 2013
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  • autism, child, language
It is often hard for many parents and teachers to understand why a child does the things they do. What makes one child listen to a teacher and another child disrupt the class? I will try to provide a framework to understand a child’s behavior.  Understanding why a child does the things they do provides [...]
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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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Developmental Issues

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On January 20, 2013
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  • behavior, child, development, piaget
An infant is born into an environment which, from a perceptual standpoint, is undifferentiated. Initially, the child does not know the difference between the self and the non-self. The child first begins to experience sensations from outside itself and inside itself without the ability to differentiate between the two. Sensory stimulation from all the senses [...]
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Developmental Delays and Early Autism

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On January 19, 2013
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  • autism, child, developmental, milestones
When an infant is born, one of the first issues the child will face is how is to understand the world. So the child relies on a caregiver, and crying, movements, and gestures become the child’s first behaviors. For children with autism, one feature of therapy involves learning how society sees the world. Piaget (one [...]
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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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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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