Sensory Processing Issues and Summer: Sand, Sweat, Fireworks … Oh, My!

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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Families everywhere are chucking backpacks and school shoes to the back of the closet and getting ready for some fun in the sun. While other members of the family enjoy themselves during the quintessential summer activities, sensory-sensitive kids may feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. How… Read more »

What in the World Is a Behavior Tech?

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Ever heard of the job behavior technician? If you like working with kids and families—and making a difference in their lives, while earning a paycheck—this might be the job for you. A job as a behavior tech is a fairly new entry-level position that involves working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD),… Read more »

One Dad’s Story: Giving Back Helped My Family Heal

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Steve Olson’s day once started with an hour-long commute through the traffic-laden corridors of Silicon Valley, followed by long, intense hours at a high-stress job he did not even like. Today, however, Steve lives an altogether different life. He’s a single father to his teenage daughters, Madeline and Addison; a volunteer with local nonprofits serving… Read more »

5 Steps to Swim Safety for Your Child with Autism

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Cute Happy Little Boy with Autism In Goggles Swimming

As the summer heat settles in, many families head to pools, beaches grow crowded, and our time spent near water becomes part of our routines. What seems like a standard summer activity for most can be challenging for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Sadly, drowning after elopement, a term used to… Read more »