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Topic Center - Q&As by Clinical Experts

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

You can choose from a number of topics by using the drop-down menu to the left. Just choose your category and then browse through our selection of columns.

These main categories include:

  • applied behavioral analysis (ABA)
  • autism spectrum disorder / developmental disabilities
  • behavioral health
  • brain injury
  • consultation to schools

We welcome your suggestions for future columns!

Selected category: ASD and DD, Adult-focused

Helping a Young Adult with Special Needs Develop Dating Skills
Psychiatric Care Can Benefit Some Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
"Scheduling" Positive Reinforcement to Improve Behavior
​Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Can Help Adults with Special Needs
Behavior Contracts
Behavior-specific Praise Reinforces Good Behavior
Celebrating the Special Qualities of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can Help People on the Autism Spectrum
Communication Skills Can Help Individuals with Special Needs Express Pain, Avoid Acting Out
Dealing with Weight Gain Caused by Medications
Finding the Balance Between Providing Support and Promoting Independence for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Group Contingencies Promote Cooperation, Improve Behavior
Helping Adults with Disabilities Learn New Skills
Helping Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Get Physically Fit
Helping Individuals with Special Needs Develop Friendships
Helping Individuals with Special Needs Make Good Choices
Helping Individuals with Special Needs Manage Sensory Overload
Helping People with Communication Disorders Make Themselves Understood
Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Express Personal Preferences
Helping Your Child With Autism Navigate the First Romantic Relationship
How to Help People with Special Needs Benefit From and Enjoy Community Outings
Identifying and Treating Anxiety Disorders in People with Intellectual Disabilities
Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Can and Should Vote!
Leisure Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
More Kids with Autism Today Means More Adults with Autism Tomorrow
Reduce Problem Behaviors by Teaching Replacement Behaviors
Safe and Supportive Housing for Adults with Special Needs
Self-care for Adults who Care for Children with Autism
Self-management Skills for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Setting and Achieving Goals
The Right to Refuse
Time-out Doesn't Have to Be Time Away
Tips for Talking to Adults on the Autism Spectrum
Treating Young Adults with Autism Like Adults
Turning 22 and Autism
Vacationing with an Adult with Intellectual Disabilities
What It Takes to Work with Individuals with Special Needs