Yearly Archives: 2018


4th of July Tips for Families Affected By Autism


The 4th of July can be a fun and enjoyable experience for families affected by autism. However, it is important to spend extra time and effort in order to facilitate the fun! One of the ways in which you can prep an individual with autism for what is involved with this holiday is through the use of a social story. Social stories are tools that can be used to help somebody with autism understand an event or an activity. These short stories help an individual understand the socially relevant cues in a given situation. Positivelyautism.com, a resource for parents, teachers, behavior analysts, SLPs, OTs, etc., has a social story created specifically for the 4th of July (click here to download). Sensory processing is often an area where parents have much concern. The sound and light associated with fireworks shows are sensory overload for a number of individuals with autism. There are a few ways in which you can provide a pleasant experience for these individuals. The first focus should be on preparing for the actual event. Social stories, as mentioned, are one way to do this. Another way is to model for the individual what the event will look and […]

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8 Sensory Friendly Summer Activities


Summer is around the corner, which means warmer weather and changes in routine. Planning ahead can help ensure a smooth and fun-packed summer! Here is a list of eight sensory friendly activities to take advantage of this summer: Sandboxes: Sandboxes are fun and make for wonderful sensory play. If you don’t have one of your own, they are easy to make. Get a small plastic pool toy or any large container and fill it with sand, water, fun toys, etc. Swimming: Swimming is a great activity that helps teach body awareness, increase muscle strength and coordination, and normalize sensory input. Learning how to swim is not only fun, but can promote safety in the autism community. Borrow a friend’s pool or schedule a private swimming lesson for your child! Did you know ABC offers swimming lessons at our Carmel location? Water Games: With high temperatures, children love cooling off with squirt guns and water balloons. Grab a hose and some water toys and let the kids splash. Bubbles are also a huge hit! Family Game Nights: Board and card games can teach social skills, attending skills, turn taking, and appropriate ways to behave after winning or losing a game. Scavenger […]

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The Importance of Water Safety Skills for Children with Autism


Indiana is a state filled with many great outdoor resources, including an abundance of rivers, lakes, and ponds. However, these bodies of water pose a serious risk to individuals on the autism spectrum, who are often prone to wandering behaviors and lack water safety awareness. In fact, drowning is the number one cause of death for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, accounting for 91 percent of deaths for children 14 years and under with autism. As the number of retention ponds and other bodies of water continues to increase in close proximity to homes and community areas, the drowning rate for individuals on the autism spectrum continues to climb. The need for access to high quality special needs swim lessons tailored to meet the specific challenges participants may face in the water has never been higher. The Applied Behavior Center for Autism offers Special Needs Swim Lessons that teach lifesaving water safety skills to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our program offers quality, one-on-one lessons that combine the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and water safety practices. Each swim lesson is taught by one of our Swim Instructors, all of whom are trained Behavior Technicians. […]

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