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How Behavior Can Go the Way of the Dinosaurs

Archive for 2018

How Behavior Can Go the Way of the Dinosaurs

Extinction is what happened to the dinosaurs, the saber-toothed tiger, and the dodo bird. But did you know behavior can undergo extinction as well? Don’t worry, behavioral extinction does not involve a massive comet colliding with the Earth. Behavior is said to undergo extinction when it simply no longer produces the reinforcement it once did….

5 Tips for Finding Activities for Your Child

When my son with autism was in elementary school, I remember wanting to get him involved in “programs” and “activities” but not really knowing what was appropriate or how to proceed. I recall contacting tons of people and agencies and asking for “THE” programs and activities specific for a child with autism. Frequently when the…

Calling the Sandman: Autism Sleep Problems

Unfortunately, the Sandman is a mythical character, and sleep problems are very real. Sleep disturbances are a common concern expressed by many parents and caregivers of people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. More than 80% of people with ASD have experienced sleep difficulties in their lifetime. Sleep deprivation can affect many aspects of…

Show Me the Data

Close your eyes and think of a behavior you’d like to see change in some way. It can be something you’d like to see increase or decrease. It can be something that your child, student, partner, friend, or even you do. Have you thought of something yet? Great! Hold on to that for a minute….

Introducing ASNC’s New Wilmington Autism Services Coordinator

We are happy to introduce Julie Bright as the Senior Autism Services Coordinator in the Wilmington region, where we will now provide skilled-support services. Julie comes to us with 15 years of experience in working with people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). While attending UNC Wilmington to attain her BA in education, she provided direct…

Catch Them Being Good: The Power of Praise

As parents and educators, it may seem like we are juggling never-ending to-do lists. When you add managing challenging behaviors to the list, it can quickly become overwhelming. Some days it may feel like all you are doing is telling children “no” or repeating instructions over and over. You may begin to ask yourself, “How…

ASNC Clinical Team Partners with Schools

ASNC’s Clinical Department provides workshops and coaching to school systems, charter schools, and private schools. This year, we have seen lots of great collaborations with school systems to equip their staff to better serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If you are a parent, please pass this information along to your child’s school. Who…

Seek First Responders with CIT Training

If you or a loved one with autism experiences a crisis involving law enforcement, firefighters, or EMTs, what should you know? The first thing that you need to know is to ask for someone who has CIT training. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is an intensive mental-health training provided to first responders. CIT training is…

Finding My Purpose in Teaching Youth on the Spectrum

As a person with high-functioning autism, I have been blessed with the amazing opportunity to work with youth on the spectrum. I have worked for about 20 years as a teacher, if my volunteer teaching is included. I have worked as a regular education teacher in high schools, as a community college instructor for filmmaking,…