Clinical staff from our programs and centers contribute to these columns, which are frequently published online and in newspapers and magazines.

Categories Include:

Applied behavior analysis (ABA)
Autism spectrum disorder / developmental disabilities
Brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders
Consultation to schools
COVID-19 topics


Choose your category below and browse through our selection of columns.

Selected category: ASD and DD, Child-focused

"Scheduling" Positive Reinforcement to Improve Behavior
AAC Helps Individuals with Communication Challenges Have a Voice
Addressing Problem Behaviors at Home During COVID-19
Addressing the “unplanned stress” that accompanies an autism diagnosis
Adopting a Pet During a Pandemic
Applied Behavior Analysis
Are Touch Screen Tablets Helpful for Children with Autism?
Assessing Basic Language Skills
Back to School 2020: What Will Learning Look Like for Your Child This Year as the Covid-19 Pandemic Continues?
Back to School 2021
Back to School with ASD
Behavior Contracts
Behavior-specific Praise Reinforces Good Behavior
Behavioral Momentum
Behavioral Traps and How To Avoid Them
Can Medications be Helpful for Children with Autism?
Celebrating the Special Qualities of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children with ASD Can Help Out Around the House
Chromosomes and Disabilities
Closing Out the School Year
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Help People on the Autism Spectrum
Collaborative Communication Helps Students with Special Needs Succeed in School
Combatting Stress on the Home Front: Advice for Military Families
Coming of Age with a Developmental Disability
Communication Skills Can Help Individuals with Special Needs Express Pain, Avoid Acting Out
Communication Tools for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
COVID-19: Consistent Routines and Schedules are Comforting in Challenging Times
COVID-19: Fun, Non-electronic, Indoor Activities for a Stay-at-Home Winter
COVID-19: Get Ready for a Stay-at-Home Summer
COVID-19: Staying Connected During the Holidays
COVID-19: Teaching a Child with Autism How to Wear a Mask or Face Covering
COVID-19: Tips and Resources for Better Days
Create New Halloween Traditions During the Pandemic
Creating Successful Educational Experiences
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Early Intervention Services Benefit Children with Developmental Delays
Easing the Back-to-School Transition for Students with Autism or Other Special Needs
Encouraging Health and Safety Practices this Summer
Evidence-based Practices
Fun and Safe Holiday Activities for the Entire Family
Functions of Behaviors
Get the Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Going on Vacation with a Child with Special Needs
Grocery Shopping Can Be a Learning Opportunity
Group Contingencies Promote Cooperation, Improve Behavior
Guidelines for Celebrating Halloween in 2020
Halloween Tips for Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Help Your Child Prepare for Seasonal Changes
Helping a Child with ASD Develop Good Hygiene Habits
Helping a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder Prepare for Change
Helping Children with Autism and Their Families Enjoy the Holidays
Helping Children with Autism Cope with Colds and Flu
Helping Children with Autism Maintain Skills in the Summer
Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Adjust to Change
Helping Children with Special Needs – and Their Parents – Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Helping Children with Special Needs Express Preferences and Make Choices
Helping Individuals with Special Needs Manage Sensory Overload
Helping Individuals with Special Needs Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Helping Your Child With Autism Navigate the First Romantic Relationship
Homework: from Stress to Success
How Parents Can Address the Different Needs of All of Their Children
How to Address Problematic Behaviors Associated with Autism
How to Help People with Special Needs Benefit From and Enjoy Community Outings
How to Help Students with Special Needs Avoid Being Bullied or Becoming Bullies
How to Identify, Address, and Prevent Online Bullying
Inclusion: A Difficult Decision
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Individualizing Academic Instruction for Students with Special Needs
Inside Activities to Help Combat Cabin Fever
Internet Safety for Children with Autism
Job Training for Adolescents with Autism
Keeping a Marriage Together While Raising a Child with Special Needs
Language Instruction for Children with Autism
Limited, Supervised Screen Time Can Be Beneficial for Young Children
Make the 4th of July More Enjoyable for Your Child with Autism
Making Holiday Shopping More Enjoyable for Children with Special Needs
Making Mealtimes More Manageable When You Have a Child with Special Needs
Making Medical Appointments Easier
Managing Screen Time for Children with Autism
Managing the Stress that Accompanies an Autism Diagnosis
More Kids with Autism Today Means More Adults with Autism Tomorrow
Online Resources for Students with Developmental Disabilities During COVID-19
Other Disorders May Accompany Autism
Parent Training: What is it and Why Does It Help?
Parents and Professionals Can Work Together
Pica: A Dangerous Eating Disorder
Planned Ignoring
Positive and Negative Reinforcement
Preparing a Child with Autism for Doctor or Dentist Appointments
Preparing Students to Return to School with New COVID-19 Precautions
Preparing Students with Special Needs for Vaccinations
Preparing Your Child with Autism for a Holiday Meal
Prevent Drownings by Focusing on Water Safety
Profound Autism
Promoting Play for Children with Autism
Putting Positive Reinforcement to Work with Kids at Home
Reduce Problem Behaviors by Teaching Replacement Behaviors
Reducing Self-stimulatory Behaviors in Individuals with Autism
Reemerging After Another COVID-19 Winter
Reopening Massachusetts During COVID-19: Is Your Family Ready to Return to the Community?
Rising Rates of Autism Underscore the Need for Early Intervention and Treatment
Routines and Schedules Can Ease the Transition into the New Year
Self-care for Adults who Care for Children with Autism
Setting Reasonable Expectations for Siblings
Seven Steps to Building Respectful Teaching Relationships with Children
Sibling Jealousy
Steps to Take if You Have a Child Who Often Wanders Away
Strategies for Dealing with Public Disapproval
Strategies to Reduce Problematic Behavior in the Summer
Summer Fun Activities - Just Add Water!
Summer Safety Tips for Children with Special Needs
Supporting Students Impacted by Interrupted Learning
Supporting Students with Special Needs at Home During COVID-19
Taking a Child with Autism or Other Special Needs Out to Eat
Taking Turns Can Positively Impact a Child’s Language Development
Teaching a Child with Autism to Read
Teaching Children with Autism About Safety
The Effective Use of Time Out
The Pros and Cons of Using Prompts to Teach Students with Special Needs
The Right to Refuse
Thinking About Transitions
Time-out Doesn't Have to Be Time Away
Tips for Getting Picky Eaters to Try New Foods
Tips for Hosting a Child with Autism Who is Away from Home for the Holidays
Tips for Moving to a New Home or Community with an Autistic Child
Toilet Training Children with Developmental Disabilities
Treatment Integrity
Turning 22 and Autism
Use Token Economies to Provide Positive Reinforcement and Modify Behavior
Weighing the Pros and Cons of “Time Out”
What Does That Mean? Commonly Used Terms Defined
What Does That Mean? Commonly Used Terms Defined-2
What Happens When I’m Not Here? A Looming Question for Many Parents of Children with Special Needs
What is an Out-of-District Placement?
What is Imitation and Why is it Important?
What is the Eclectic Approach?
What the Autism Community Needs From You
What to do When Positive Reinforcement Isn't Working
What’s Cooking? Upholding Holiday Traditions and Building Skills
When a Family Member is Diagnosed with Autism
Why Does My Child Behave That Way?
Why is Autism Referred to as a Spectrum Disorder?