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Kristi’s Corner – Taking Advantage of Technology: Video Modeling

Teaching Social-Communication Skills to Preschoolers with Autism: Efficacy of Video Versus In Vivo Modeling in the Classroom Wilson, K. P. (2013) Journal of Developmental Disorders 43:1819-1831 Article review written by: Kristi Hansen Video modeling is a useful tool often used with children on the autism spectrum in which a skill or chain of behaviors is demonstrated in video form as a prompt for the
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Kristi’s Corner – Explaining Autism to Children

Article written by: Kristi Hansen Autism Spectrum Disorder can be a complex and multi-faceted condition that is hard to explain to adults — much less children. However, those who have children with autism in their classrooms, on their sports teams, in their neighborhoods and in their own families undoubtedly do pick up on some differences. Why does he move his hands like that? Why
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Kristi’s Corner — Supporting Siblings

Supporting Siblings Strategies for parents to build positive sibling relationships between children with and without autism.  Article review written by: Kristi Hansen Having a child diagnosed with autism in the family has inevitable effects on parents, siblings and the broader family unit — but whoever said those effects had to be negative? While it is true that having a child with autism increases the
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Corey’s Corner – Smart Play!

Brief Parent Training in Pivotal Response Treatment for Preschoolers with Autism Bryson, S. E., Coolican, J., & Smith, I, M. (2010). Brief parent training in pivotal response treatment for preschoolers with autism. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 51(12), 1321-1330. Article review written by: Corey Saradarian In this article it was found that brief parent training in pivotal response treatment (PRT) was strongly
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Corey’s Corner – Finicky Eaters

Using Individualized Reinforcers and Hierarchical Exposure to Increase Food Flexibility in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Robert L. Koegel et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42:1574–1581 Article Review written by: Corey Saradarian This article represents a common behavioral issue found in many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders; inflexible mealtime behaviors. Inflexible mealtime behaviors were defined as disruptive behaviors such as aggression, elopement and
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Fall Harvest at Tanaka Frams

Dear Footprints OC Playgroup Families and Friends! We are absolutely thrilled to be able to celebrate the Fall Harvest together with you all this amazing season at Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch! So roll up those sleeves because we are going to get down and dirty as we are about to venture out onto a real live working farm! We will take a wagon ride
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Footprints Behavioral Interventions Launches a New Website

Footprints Behavioral Interventions has just launched a new website geared to adhere to the needs and expectations of its visitors, namely parents of autistic children. By presenting a more user-friendly, well-organized and appealing site, Footprints Behavioral Interventions aims to better educate the parents of children, and familiarize them with the organization’s variety of programs and resources. The site also includes a calendar of events,
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