Kriegbaums public education on Aspergers Syndrome

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10/05/2020
Recruiting for talent on the autism spectrum

Recruiting for talent on the autism spectrum

Many adults with autism have a hard time finding a job, but more companies are discovering the unique skills and potential people with autism offer. Anderson Cooper reports.

Law enforcement expert weighs in on shooting of 13-year-old boy with autism
09/08/2020
Law enforcement expert weighs in on shooting of 13-year-old boy with autism

Law enforcement expert weighs in on shooting of 13-year-old boy with autism

Questions remain as to why a 13-year-old Linden Cameron was shot by Salt Lake City police Friday night. Caption: KUTV: Kelly Vaughen reports In their initial report, police said they were responding to reports of a juvenile, having a mental episode, and making threats with a weapon. The mother of th...

Asperger's Syndrome Awareness
09/08/2020

Asperger's Syndrome Awareness

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09/07/2020
Autism Awareness America

Autism Awareness America

Mother and son sing "Fight Song" for Autism Awareness!

Help us support families of Children with Autism.

Mental Health America of Wisconsin
09/04/2020

Mental Health America of Wisconsin

Mental Health America of Wisconsin
09/04/2020

Mental Health America of Wisconsin

Be kind and understanding when judging yourself.

152-Children and Depression (Susan Ringle)
09/04/2020
152-Children and Depression (Susan Ringle)

152-Children and Depression (Susan Ringle)

Depression is a mental illness that affects how we think, feel and act. Those who have made the effort to learn the symptoms or warning signs still often expect depression to look like sadness. But th

Laughter from the Darkside, by Tracy Jane Hartman
08/21/2020

Laughter from the Darkside, by Tracy Jane Hartman

Loved this..... #autism #autismparenting #autismawareness #mustread #ebook #goodlaugh #mystory #Laughterfromthedarkside

Laughter from the Darkside, by Tracy Jane Hartman
08/21/2020

Laughter from the Darkside, by Tracy Jane Hartman

It could be your child in the future; never stop reaching for the stars or lose faith in what is possible.

#autism #autismparenting #autismawareness #autismmoms #autismdads #autismbooks #mystory #laughterfromthedarkside #goodread #greatbook

Laughter from the Darkside, by Tracy Jane Hartman
08/21/2020

Laughter from the Darkside, by Tracy Jane Hartman

Children and teens on the spectrum often need time after school or activities to decompress and unwind. It helps them cope with the barrage of sensory stimuli and information they have processed during the day.

The hard part as a parent is finding the fine line between what is decompression and then when it becomes an "excuse" to be alone and just play video games etc. We gave my son 45 mins each afternoon immediately after school to be "alone" and then expected him to join the family and do homework etc.

How do you handle decompression time in your house? Do you have other suggestions for the group?

#autism #autime #autismawareness #autismparenting #autismmoms #autismdads #autismbooks #ebook #greatread #goodreads #mystory #laughterfromthedarkside

Ottawa police hand off vital autism registry to MedicAlert
08/21/2020
Ottawa police hand off vital autism registry to MedicAlert

Ottawa police hand off vital autism registry to MedicAlert

About 200 Ottawa residents with autism have been registered with MedicAlert after Ottawa police ended its own autism registry on Jan. 1.Ottawa is one of 27 police services across Canada to partner …

Thank You Cindy for helping the Veterans,  First Responders, Police & Fire.
08/20/2020
Hear Leon's Story

Thank You Cindy for helping the Veterans, First Responders, Police & Fire.

Support is available.

Open Future Learning
08/15/2020

Open Future Learning

08/12/2020
Stella Center

Stella Center

You are not alone – millions of people suffer from trauma-related symptoms. Stella Center offers effective, accessible treatment.

08/12/2020
Ai-Media

Ai-Media

Two years of love and care went into creating this wonderful animation to raise understanding and acceptance of autism. Enjoy Amazing Things Happen.

Integrated Learning Strategies
08/02/2020

Integrated Learning Strategies

THE WAY WE SAY THINGS CAN HAVE SUCH AN IMPACT

Using words in a positive way can make such a difference to kids, especially now!

Gelastic and Dacrystic Seizures
07/26/2020
Gelastic and Dacrystic Seizures

Gelastic and Dacrystic Seizures

Learn about seizures that involve uncontrolled laughing or crying, including who’s at risk and how they are diagnosed.

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07/26/2020
The Ethics of Psychotherapy Termination

wasn't done properly

Understand what's Involved in Planning for Ending of Psychotherapy Treatment: Meeting our Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Obligations. Plan for termination to avoid clients feeling abandoned.

World Health Organization (WHO)
07/17/2020

World Health Organization (WHO)

This is how to wear a fabric mask safely during COVID-19 ⬇️

07/16/2020
Population One

Population One

Do You Have A Loved One with Autism?

Discover how this teenager with autism wrote a top-selling book to give the world incredible insights into the autistic mind.

Autism Awareness by GreaterGood
07/16/2020

Autism Awareness by GreaterGood

Finish the sentence: "You might be an autism parent if..."

If we love your comment, you may find it featured in the Autism Site Blog soon...! :)

07/13/2020
Autism Discussion Page

Autism Discussion Page

Negative Side Effects of Positive Reinforcement

Many parents and specialists have found that for some children on the spectrum, especially those with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), the use of both positive and negative consequences often resulted in more oppositional defiance. Usually this is because of the child’s severe anxiety and strong need to control all interaction and activity around them. For them the fear of uncertainty and strong need for predictability means their security is tied to controlling all that occurs to and for them. They cannot give up that control and follow the lead of others. This leaves them too vulnerable to expectations and performance anxiety. This leads to radically different responses to typical positive rewards and punishments used to motivate other children. There are two main negative side effects of using positive and negative consequences.

1. Any attempt to reinforce positive behavior leads to the realization that the desired behavior is now an expectation to occur in the future. With positive reinforcement comes great expectation to perform again and stronger performance anxiety. Task performance anxiety is severe when expectations are placed on them. Meeting the expectations and the resultant reinforcement leads to greater anxiety. Hence, resist and defy.

2. Secondly, as can be expected, when they see us trying to manipulate their behavior by reinforcing or punishing it they immediately sense that we are trying to control them (which we are). They are hyper-sensitive to control and immediately resist any sense that we are manipulating. They do not trust following our lead because we are trying to manipulate them.

For these children it is all about the lack of trust in following our lead and doing anything that meets our expectations. To be compliant means to lose one’s sense of control and security. Even when punishment is applied or very strong desirable consequences are offered, nothing is more important than maintaining the control.

Where does that leave us? The adult has to give up their preconceived notions that they are in control and that the child must do what they want. We need to stop trying to direct and change their behavior. We must star out by giving up the control and following the lead of the child until they see us as a working partner with them and feel safe that we will not pressure them to comply. It is about building trust by being a non-threatening partner with no demands or expectations. We follow their lead rather than trying to direct and instruct them. Helping them feel safe and secure engaging with us. Once this trust is established then you can start to stretch them comfort zones by gradually building in variations and elaborations in what you are doing together. But still only letting them dictate how and when we do that. These strategies are too much for this post. The main purpose of this post is to reveal the negative consequences of using positive and negative reinforcement when working with these children, and why it often backfires when will try to shape and change behavior. The need to control is the driving force and hence the positive reinforcement. However, do not try to hold the “control” as a contingent reinforcer because these children can sense the manipulation and you have lost all trust. We have to become a true working partner with them to become a trusted guide. Stop trying to manipulate, shape and control by applying and holding back contingent reinforcement.

Autism Discussion Page
07/13/2020

Autism Discussion Page

Understand how the child thinks, feels and experiences the world!

So many books are written to describe how to identify and treat the behavior conditions of autism without providing a good understanding how the person thinks, feels and experiences the world. Unless you understand and respect the child’s social, emotional, cognitive and sensory vulnerabilities and how they shape how he experiences and reacts to the world, trying to impose well intended strategies can be dangerous for the child. We must first understand how the child perceives the world, processes information, and reacts emotionally in order to truly be a source of support for him or her.

The two volume set, “Autism Discussion Page” books is written in clear layman’s terms to provide an “inside-out” view of autism, so the reader gains a complete understanding of how the child or individual on the spectrum, thinks, feels and experiences the world. Once this understanding is obtained the step by step guidelines outlined in the books make “sense.” When reading these books, parents, teachers and professionals have many “ah-ha” moments, where the child’s unique behaviors and emotional reactions make sense based on the knowledge of how the child is experiencing the world. First understand before guiding! There is no one size fits all strategies that fit every child just because they have autism. There are no other books that provide this comprehensive, to the point, understanding of how your child processes and experiences the world then this two volume set. They will be your go-to reference guide for years to come.

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This Lovely Song Reminds Us That We CAN Carry On — And We Will!
06/29/2020
This Lovely Song Reminds Us That We CAN Carry On — And We Will!

This Lovely Song Reminds Us That We CAN Carry On — And We Will!

"Yes I Can" is an inspirational song that was written and performed by Amber, a Canadian singer/songwriter. She wanted to send a positive message about carrying on even during our lowest moments. It's a song that will resonate with caregivers as well as those on the spectrum.

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