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2016 National Autism Awareness Month

Most people recognize April 1st as a significant day on the calendar because of April Fools’ Day, but within the realm of autism, the first day of April marks something a little bit different. Namely, it’s the first day of National Autism Awareness Month, first given this designation in April of 1970 by the Autism Society. The goal of this month is to educate the public and build awareness around autism spectrum disorders and the difficulties and challenges that children with an autism spectrum disorder face. The official imagery has … Continue reading

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What? Playing With Food?!

Many children with Autism have an aversion to certain foods. Food aversions can be caused by or attributed to any of the five senses or a combination of them.  In some children, the aversion is severe while in others it is less noticeable.  One way to help avoid drama at the dinner table, though, is to play with food. During meal times, playing with food will force your child to become engaged in the task of eating, while allowing him or her to develop new and different ideas regarding food. … Continue reading

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Echolalia: What Is It and What Can You Do?

  (Photo credit to www.friendshipcircle.org) Does your child repeat what you or others around them say? Does he/she verbally replay their favorite TV show or movie on a regular basis? Does your child choose to use the voice of someone else to communicate their own thoughts? If yes, your child may be using echolalia to communicate. In the past echolalia has been thought of as a behavioral tendency rather than a method of communication. Although it may not seem like it, a child using echolalia is likely trying to communicate … Continue reading

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Getting Messy… An Important Part of Development

Getting messy is part of being a child and figuring out how to navigate through life. Stained clothing, messy hair, ripped jeans, and one shoe missing… If you saw this child, you may think that something awful happened at first glance, but the gigantic smile on his face tells a different story. Most kids love to be messy and a willingness to be messy is a critical part of daily exploration – it is a parent’s job to encourage and enhance natural curiosity within their child, even if it means … Continue reading

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Last Minute Christmas Ideas

 

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Spreading The Word

Partners In Excellence is excited to be participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Mall of America on October 11th, 2014. Every year we join thousands of walkers with the common goal of improving the lives of individuals with autism by raising money, awareness, and acceptance for the autism community! We invite you to join our team and participate in this powerful event. Registration Autism Speaks makes registering for this walk very simple- just follow these three steps: Go to www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/minnesota/partnersinexcellence Click Join Our Team Complete the entry … Continue reading

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5 Rules to Decrease Challenging Behaviors

                      All children demonstrate challenging behaviors but for children with special needs, who have additional difficulties understanding and communicating, challenging behaviors can be extremely trying events for parents and caregivers. Here are five rules that can help dramatically decrease challenging behaviors at home: 1. Choose your battles. Which behaviors are most important to change now? We all have lots of things to get done each day: work, cooking, cleaning, let alone time for rest and relaxation. No matter how much … Continue reading

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Spread the Word

Partners In Excellence is excited to be participating in Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Mall of America on October 12th, 2013. Every year we join thousands of walkers with the common goal of improving the lives of individuals with autism by raising money, awareness, and acceptance for the autism community! We invite you to join our team and participate in this powerful event. Registration Autism Speaks makes registering for this walk very simple- just follow these three steps: Go to www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/minnesota/partnersinexcellence Click Join Our Team Complete the entry … Continue reading

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Why We Walk

2013’s Walk Now For Autism Speaks   Every year Partners In Excellence is proud to participate in Autism Speaks of Minnesota’s annual fundraising event “Walk Now for Autism Speaks”.  Last year we had the largest team at the walk, with 204 walkers and was the team that raised the most money, donating over $17,000 to Autism Speaks. We have participated in this walk for the past several years because we believe strongly in the mission of Autism Speaks- to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. … Continue reading

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Blog | ABA Therapy

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is a specific type of autism therapy that involves analyzing and modifying human behavior. The goal is to identify the relationship between one’s behavior and their environment, in order to better understand why they are behaving in a particular way. The term “behavior modification” refers to the application of a set of behavioral principles and techniques to effectively change another person’s behavior. The goal of ABA therapy is to increase appropriate social and daily living skills, while decreasing stereotypical and problematic behaviors. This type of … Continue reading

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