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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, Child-focused

"Scheduling" Positive Reinforcement to Improve Behavior
Addressing Food Issues in Children with Autism
Applied Behavior Analysis
Are Touch Screen Tablets Helpful for Children with Autism?
Assessing Basic Language Skills
​Tips for Going on Vacation with a Child with Special Needs
Back to School with ASD
Behavior Contracts
Behavior-specific Praise Reinforces Good Behavior
Behavioral Momentum
Behavioral Traps and How To Avoid Them
Celebrating the Special Qualities of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children with ASD Can Help Out Around the House
Chromosomes and Disabilities
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
Creating Successful Educational Experiences
Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Early Intervention Services Benefit Children with Developmental Delays
Eclectic Approach
Elopement
Evidence-based Practices
Fluency
For Happier Holidays, Educate Friends and Family About Your Child’s Special Needs
Fun and Safe Holiday Activities for the Entire Family
Functions of Behaviors
Generalization
Get the Facts About Autism Spectrum Disorder
Group Contingencies Promote Cooperation, Improve Behavior
Halloween Tips for Parents with Children on the Autism Spectrum
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 People with Communication Disorders Make Themselves Understood
Helping Students with Autism Successfully Transition into a New School Year
Helping Your Child Adjust to (and Enjoy!) the Summer
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
Imitation Skills
Inclusion: A Difficult Decision
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Inside Activities to Help Combat Cabin Fever
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 Mealtimes More Manageable When You Have a Child with Special Needs
Managing the Stress that Accompanies an Autism Diagnosis
More Kids with Autism Today Means More Adults with Autism Tomorrow
Negative Reinforcement – A Commonly Misunderstood Concept
Other Disorders May Accompany Autism
Parents and Professionals Can Work Together
Plan Ahead for More Relaxing Holidays
Planned Ignoring
Positive Reinforcement
Preparing a Child with Autism for Doctor or Dentist Appointments
Putting Positive Reinforcement to Work with Kids at Home
Reduce Problem Behaviors by Teaching Replacement Behaviors
Reducing Self-stimulatory Behaviors in Individuals with Autism
Routines and Schedules Can Ease the Transition into the New Year
Self-care for Adults who Care for Children with Autism
Sibling Jealousy
Strategies for Dealing with Public Disapproval
Summer Outings Can Be Fun and Safe for Children with Special Needs
Taking a Child with Autism to the Grocery Store
Teaching Children with Autism About Safety
Teaching Children with Autism to Read
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
Toilet Training Children with Developmental Disabilities
Treatment Integrity
Turning 22 and Autism
Use Token Economies to Provide Positive Reinforcement and Modify Behavior
Welcoming a Pet Into the Family
What Does That Mean? Commonly Used Terms Defined
What Does That Mean? Commonly Used Terms Defined-2
What is an Out-of-District Placement?
What is Pica?
What to do When Positive Reinforcement Isn't Working
When a Family Member is Diagnosed with Autism