Monthly Archives: October 2017

Where Should We Turn?

When our son Jayce was first diagnosed we weren’t sure where to start.  Our 2 year old had gone from grinning and engaging with us to not even acknowledging we were in the same room or even smiling for pictures.  We were devastated and had no idea what was going on or that we would ever get to see the boy we knew again. We had heard of the great success stories parents of children on the spectrum were seeing through ABA and knew that was where Jayce belonged, but we didn’t know how to start the process.  So I turned to the internet and found The Applied Behavior Center for Autism (ABC) and at that point everything became so easy.  We didn’t have to deal with insurance or filling out the tireless repetitive forms.  It was a breath of fresh air in a whirlwind of paperwork that I had already been filling out and re-filling out for his other programs.  ABC at that time was solely based out of Indianapolis but they traveled to Terre Haute several times to make sure Jayce and I understood the program and felt 100% comfortable before beginning therapy. It wasn’t long after therapy […]

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Repeat After Me – What to Know About Echolalia & How to Use it To Expand Expressive Communication

By: Emily Bess, M.A., CCC-SLP The Basics Echolalia is the repetition of words, parts of words, or phrases either immediately after it was said or with a delay. Many children with autism, especially those who are just beginning to communicate verbally, will use echolalia as a way to participate in an interaction when they do not yet have the skills to come up with something to say on their own. Several important social and expressive language skills can be learned through using echolalia including turn taking, vocal inflection, and using longer utterances to communicate. Echolalia can also serve as time that a child is taking to fully process what was said. When a child is mainly echolalic, it can be confusing and frustrating to know exactly what to do and how to help them build off of that in order to become effective communicators. Question-Answer Format One of the most frustrating exchanges involving echolalia is when a child repeats a question back instead of giving a response. It is possible to use these repetitions to help teach the question-answer format and improve upon this language skill. It is always best to begin by using simple questions that have answers that […]

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An ABC Story: Bentley Breaks the Odds

Bentley was born premature at only 4 pounds 4 ounces. I was terrified and had to have an emergency c-section. He was tiny but healthy and seem to hit all his milestones until he turned 1. That’s when I noticed he wasn’t starting to talk. He babbled dada dada all day long, but that was about it. I thought he was delayed and not around other children, so it was okay. When he was 2 I put him in daycare to try and help him start talking and being social. He did not do well in daycare.  He would hit the other children and have meltdowns all the time. He wouldn’t sit still long enough to eat or do activities with the other children. That’s when the red flags became clear. After lots of denial and tears I made him a doctors appointment and began the process of an Autism diagnosis. At 3, I put him in developmental preschool that was 2 hours a day 5 days a week. He still struggled socially and could not communicate. I started looking into other alternatives for him and came across Aba therapy,  so I joined some Facebook support groups and read all the stories about how Aba worked wonders. It […]

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