FCT in Focus: Building Communication Skills in Autism

Functional communication training (FCT) is a transformative part of ABA therapy, especially for children with autism. It teaches them how to express their needs and feelings in a way others can understand. FCT breaks down language barriers, replacing challenging behaviors with effective communication. At Rising Above ABA, we’re committed to unlocking these communication paths. Our […]

Fun Sensory Activities for Toddlers

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As a parent of a toddler, it can be a struggle to find engaging and educational activities that will hold their attention. This can be especially challenging if your child has autism. Children with autism often struggle with sensory integration and may require extra support to process and respond to sensory stimuli in their environment. […]

Using a Visual Schedule for Autism

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As a parent or caregiver of a child with autism, you may often find it challenging to manage daily activities and routines. Children with autism may struggle with transitions, and changes in routines can lead to anxiety and behavioral problems. This is where a visual schedule can be incredibly helpful. This type of schedule can […]

What Does Neurodivergent Mean?

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Neurodiversity is a concept that has been gaining increased attention recently. It prioritizes the understanding and acceptance of neurological differences rather than viewing them through a lens of normalcy. Specifically, neurodiversity refers to the range of differences in brain function and alternative developmental conditions. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of these developmental conditions that […]

What Is Discrete Trial Training?

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As a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or as a healthcare provider, you are always looking for the best therapy for your child’s improvement. Applied behavioral analysis is one of the most effective and well-known therapies for ASD. It includes many techniques, such as discrete trial training (DTT), which can be […]

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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When it comes to diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), early identification and intervention are key. With early screening, children can begin taking advantage of the services and therapies they need to live meaningful, rewarding lives. Getting treatment for autism can be life-changing for people with the condition and their families. Screenings are tools used to […]

Understanding Non-Verbal Autism

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Communication is a large part of daily life. While verbal communication is common, non-verbal communication can be just as powerful and essential. Many of those who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, are not able to use verbal communication and must rely on non-verbal methods of communication. Understanding the complexities of non-verbal […]

Autism in Preteens

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For many parents, the tale is all too familiar: after months of research and discussion, your child receives a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), only to find out that what seemed like just typical preteen behavior was actually a sign of their ASD. It can be a daunting reality to face, but it’s important […]

Signs of Autism in Boys

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Did you know that boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that can cause difficulty with communication, social interactions, and behavior. While there are more similarities than differences between boys and girls with autism, recognizing the signs of autism in boys […]

The Link Between Autism and Eating Disorders

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If you’re a parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you already know that managing this condition comes with complex challenges. One of the challenges that often goes unnoticed is that children with autism may also struggle with eating disorders. While the connection between the two may seem unexpected, it’s essential to understand […]