Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be helpful in treating the emotional antecedents to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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What Causes Autism [Infographic}

Research is beginning to point to the factors that cause Autism. These include a complicated tapestry of environmental and genetic factors that interact in ways we don't yet understand.

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5 Steps to Preparing for Your PPT Meeting

​'Tis the season for PPT meetings, which depending on your school based support team, you either look forward to or dread. ​ Try these five steps to set the tone for an effective meeting.

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Autism, Animated

​This great video from the Dutch Autism Association is a good introduction to Autism that can be shared with your friends and family.  

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Raising a Confident Child, Locus of Control

​As parents, a common hope for our children is that they will make good, confident decisions and think ​for themselves. Your child's perception of whether the course of their lives are controlled primarily by their own thoughts and actions, or external circumstances is referred to by developmental psychologists as "locus of control".

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Understanding Autism Part 2: Theory of Mind

The two main concepts related to understanding Autism are Executive Function and Theory of Mind. This post will focus on Theory of Mind which is the ability to intuit the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of others. Social skills coaching leans heavily on this model of understanding Autism, and brings resources to bear on helping people to modify their behavior for situational appropriateness. 

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Autism Spectrum and the Philosophy of Paradox

F. Scott Fitzgerald said that "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."  

Paradox is everywhere in the world of Autism.  It is embedded in the name Autism Spectrum itself. A diagnosis, autism, coupled to spectrum, a fierce rejection of the very idea that a diagnosis can define or describe.

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Research Points to Father's Role in Genetic Mutation Causing Autism

Is the age of fathers a significant factor in determining the cause of Autism? A study published this week in Nature  points to research evidence that suggests that genetic mutations in sperm, more so than in the egg are responsible for developmental abnormalities.

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Aspergers Traits, A Strength Based Perspective

At Kids Cooperate, one of the the pillars of our practice is a strengths based approach to everything we do. So when I saw that some of the top autism spectrum disorder related google searches are: "Asperger's traits" and "Asperger's symptoms", I saw ti as an opportunity to reframe some of the common characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome as strengths.

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Understanding Attachment

There has been a lot of back and forth about the merit of attachment parenting, a style of parenting that emphasizes the importance of a secure and close relationship between the parent and child. 

It seems like there is value in understanding the fundamentals of attachment theory, first articulated by John Bowlby in the 1940s and expanded on by Mary Ainsworth in the 1960s and 1970s​. ​

I typically blog about issues specific to parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum, but I believe that there is value in having a base of knowledge of important concepts in developmental psychology, and that good parenting is good parenting, regardless of diagnosis.

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SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS AND PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER (PPD)

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) refers to five categories of disorders on the autism spectrum, but is commonly used to indicate the diagnosis of PPD-NOS. Children with a PDD-NOS diagnosis can have a difficult time connecting with peers and developing the social skills that will help them to be successful academically, socially, romantically and professionally.

Participation in social skills groups can help children with a PDD-NOS diagnosis by giving them a safe environment to develop, practice, and integrate new skills in a way that builds confidence for future interaction. Some of the supports necessary to create a well scaffolded social group include: The inclusion of neuro-typical children as peer mentors, interactive manipulatives, a well organized environment, consistent routine, adult scaffolding, and the inclusion of idiosyncratic interests

Aaron Weintraub, MS runs child-centered social skills groups with a focus on children and teenagers withPervasive Developmental DisorderAsperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Shyness. Strengths-based approach in a community based setting. Groups available in Tolland, Mansfield, Willimantic, Hartford, Vernon and Coventry Connecticut. 

http://kidscooperate.com

860-576-9506

ASPERGER SYNDROME AND SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS

Asperger syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders that make up the PDD-NOS diagnosis. Children with an Asperger diagnosis can have a difficult time developing empathy which affets their ability to connect with peers.

Participation in social skills groups can help children with an Asperger Syndrom diagnosis by giving them a safe environment to develop, practice, and integrate new skills in a way that builds confidence for future interaction. Some of the supports necessary to create a well scaffolded social group include: The inclusion of neuro-typical children as peer mentors, interactive manipulatives, a well organized environment, consistent routine, adult scaffolding, and the inclusion of idiosyncratic interests

Aaron Weintraub, MS runs child-centered social skills groups with a focus on children and teenagers withPervasive Developmental DisorderAsperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Shyness. Strengths-based approach in a community based setting. Groups available in Tolland, Mansfield, Willimantic, Hartford, Vernon and Coventry Connecticut. 
http://kidscooperate.com
860-576-9506