Author:Ilana Hernandez

Autism Friendly Fall Activities To Do At Home

Although many fall plans have changed this year due to the pandemic, we wanted to provide you with a few fun sensory-friendly activities your child can enjoy from home. Have fun! 1. Paint and decorate pumpkins Pumpkins are a major symbol of fall and carving them...

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My child was diagnosed with autism, what is next?

Receiving an autism diagnosis for your child can be intimidating. Many parents may feel confused, stressed, or even depressed after a diagnosis and may have questions about what to do next. It is important to remember that your child is not defined by their disability...

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The Benefit of In-Home Autism Therapy Services During COVID-19

Right now, and more than ever, it is critical to ensure all possible precautions are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the children and families served by Unlocking The Spectrum. Unlocking The Spectrum's mission is to provide the highest quality Applied Behavior...

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The Functions of Behavior

A behavior is the activity of living organisms; human behavior includes everything that people do.” According to Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2007) the technical definition of a behavior is “that portion of an organism’s interaction with its environment that is characterized by detectable displacement in...

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Your Options with Unlocking the Spectrum

Unlocking The Spectrum is often contacted by families who are in need of ABA therapy for their child, but for any number of reasons, are unable to receive services—perhaps their health insurance policy through their employer does not cover ABA therapy or, perhaps they are...

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The Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Although there are many concerns about labeling a young child with an ASD, the earlier the diagnosis of ASD is made, the earlier needed interventions can begin. Evidence over the last 15 years indicates that intensive early intervention in optimal educational settings for at least...

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The Effectiveness of a Reinforcer

I’m sure many of you know what a reinforcer is, but to make sure we are all on the same page I am going to start out by giving you the behavioral definition.  “A reinforcer is any event that follows a behavior and increases the...

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