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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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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Review of Behavioral Principles

  • Posted by Dr. Eric Lund
  • On January 20, 2013
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  • applied behavior analysis, child with autism, children with autism, learning, therapist
In this post the goal is to outline certain behavioral principles and give basic background information about behaviorism to help the reader better understand what guides our thinking about treatment. I will cover respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, social learning, and new information on derived relational responding. We also provide an outline of applied behavior analysis, [...]
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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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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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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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