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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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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