Education & Skill Development Articles

Most children diagnosed with autism need educational and therapeutic support to maximize their skill development. To effectively advocate for your child, parents need to educate themselves on a variety of topics. This section contains articles that address education and skill development: therapeutic interventions, school law and procedures, and other ways to support your child.

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School and IEPs

New School Year Checklist

Get your child with autism ready for an exceptional start to the new year! Download our FREE “About Me” student…

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Special Education: IEP Tips

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the foundation of your child’s education. Many parents feel overwhelmed and anxious about these…

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The Fundamentals of Special Education: What Parents Need to Know

In this article, Timothy A. Adams, Esq discusses what parents need to know about the fundamentals of special education so…

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SMART IEP Goals

The goals on your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) lay the framework for their education, but what makes a good…

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Independent Assessments

In order to develop effective goals with your child’s team, you need to know what their strengths and areas of…

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Inclusion

Inclusion is a philosophy based on the belief that ALL students belong to their school community. Inclusion gives all students–regardless of label–access…

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IEP Transition Planning

One of the core objectives of IDEA is to prepare students for life after high school. Specifically, further education, employment,…

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Behavior Issues at School: FBA, BIP, and Seclusion and Restraint

Students with autism may display challenging behaviors that interfere with their education or another student’s education. When this happens, schools…

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Managing Behavior at School: FBA and BIP

Imagine a child in math class, at a time when the students are expected to work independently. With a shout,…

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Special Education Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Due Process

There are times when parents may not be able to come to an agreement about what is needed for their…

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Autism and Bullying

Most parents worry about their child being bullied. While statistics vary across research studies, people with autism are undoubtedly victims of…

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Homeschooling Your Child with Autism

More parents of children with autism are opting to homeschool for a variety of reasons. In this article, you will…

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Must Schools Provide Meal Modifications For Students On Special Diets?

Federal laws and regulations require public schools to provide meal modifications through the cafeteria service, at no additional cost, to…

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Tips for Including Dietary Restrictions in Your Child’s IEP

If your child is on a special diet due to food allergies, sensitivities, or aversions, it is essential to include…

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The GFCF Diet at School: Information for Awesome Teachers

If you have a student in your class who is on a GFCF diet, you may have questions and concerns. …

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Early Childhood Intervention and Individualized Family Service Plans

While the average age a child is diagnosed with autism is four years old, most children show developmental warning signs…

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Developing Skills

Therapeutic Interventions for Autism

Therapeutic interventions can help your child learn and develop skills that lead to independence. The most common therapeutic interventions for autism…

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Therapeutic and Communication Options for Speech Issues in Autism

Providing your child with an effective means to communicate their thoughts, opinions, experiences, feelings, and knowledge is essential to creating…

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In-Home Therapy Programs

Sometimes children receive therapies in their home environment instead of a therapy center, office, or school. Interventions that occur in…

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Social Skills

Social skills are a person’s ability to effectively interact and communicate with others through our words, actions, and body language….

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Facilitating Friendships

Friendship is an important part of life. A good friend can provide a feeling of connection, happiness, and self-worth. However,…

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Life Skills

Functional life skills are the everyday tasks we all need to lead independent lives. Mastering these skills builds self-esteem and…

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Executive Functioning Skills

Executive function is an umbrella term used to describe a set of cognitive skills we use to successfully navigate everyday…

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Job Skills

Working gives people the opportunity to show their abilities, take pride in their accomplishments, and contribute to the community. While…

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Engaging with Your Child at Home

Parents often struggle with how to help their child at home and may feel guilt that they are not doing…

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What to Do During Summer Months

Many parents worry about their child regressing during the summer break from school. There are multiple ways to keep your…

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Obtaining Funding for an AAC Device

For many people with autism, iPads literally give them a voice. Unfortunately, iPads aren’t cheap. Even the least expensive iPad…

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Evaluating Progress

Independent Assessments

In order to develop effective goals with your child’s team, you need to know what their strengths and areas of…

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How to Document Your Child’s Progress

Your child works hard every day at school, therapy, and home. However, progress can be hard to see on a…

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Life After High School

Life Skills

Functional life skills are the everyday tasks we all need to lead independent lives. Mastering these skills builds self-esteem and…

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IEP Transition Planning

One of the core objectives of IDEA is to prepare students for life after high school. Specifically, further education, employment,…

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Job Skills

Working gives people the opportunity to show their abilities, take pride in their accomplishments, and contribute to the community. While…

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Vocational Rehabilitation

Another Big Date Blink. Now your child is turning 22. What are the options when the school bus stops coming for…

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Prepping Your Teen for College

Yes, college is a real possibility for many with autism. My daughter is a senior in high school this year…

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Managing and Minimizing Behaviors

Behavior Issues at School: FBA, BIP, and Seclusion and Restraint

Students with autism may display challenging behaviors that interfere with their education or another student’s education. When this happens, schools…

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Managing Behavior at School: FBA and BIP

Imagine a child in math class, at a time when the students are expected to work independently. With a shout,…

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Anxiety in Autism

Anxiety is very common in autism. A meta-analysis showed that almost 40% of kids with autism have at least one comorbid anxiety…

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Speech Issues in Autism: Introduction

Speech issues are common in autism. In fact, about 40% of children with autism do not talk at all. Providing your child…

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Aggression and Behavior in Autism

Behavioral issues in autism may be one of the hardest issues for parents to manage. Children with autism may display extensive,…

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Safety

Keeping Your Kids with ASD Safe

Safety is a top priority to all parents. Having autism brings unique challenges to keeping our children safe and protected….

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Risk Reduction Strategies for Physical and Sexual Abuse

Sadly, individuals with autism are more vulnerable to abuse due to challenges in communication, poor social awareness, and being viewed…

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Autism and Bullying

Most parents worry about their child being bullied. While statistics vary across research studies, people with autism are undoubtedly victims of…

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Water Safety

Teaching your child with autism how to swim AND helping them develop water safety skills from a young age is critical…

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