Why Gratitude Matters, and How to Foster It in Kids with ASD

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There’s a science behind thankfulness. What researchers are learning about gratitude is that it can be transformative for families, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. And it can be good for kids. At the University of California at Berkeley, scientists at The Greater Good Science Center study social and emotional well-being. In 2014, they launched Expanding the… Read more »

How to Help Your Child Through a Meltdown

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by Bradley Ross, M.A., BCBA, LBA Assistant Clinical Director, LEARN/AST, Louisiana There is no “one-plan-fits-all” approach for handling meltdowns. When children with autism hit sensory overload, their reactions can be intense, and knowing how to respond thoughtfully in the heat of the moment can be challenging. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand to make meltdowns… Read more »

Autism and Siblings: Tips to Help Your Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Kids Get Along

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 by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral All sibling relationships have their ups and downs. Siblings are our first friends, our childhood tormentors, and our longest-lasting connection. With a shared childhood, siblings can often understand each other better than anyone—including how to push each other’s buttons! These hallmark features of… Read more »