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Comprehensive Resources for New Jersey Residents with Children with Autism

New Jersey has made significant strides in addressing the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The state’s efforts are coordinated through various agencies and programs designed to provide comprehensive support. Here’s a detailed look at the resources available for New Jersey residents with children with autism.   Department of Human Services (DHS) The New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS) plays a pivotal role in administering services for individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with

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ABA Therapy

Exploring Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis: BCBA, RBT, and Behavior Tech

Exploring Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis: BCBA, RBT, and Behavior Tech Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapeutic strategy used to improve specific behaviors in individuals, often those with developmental disorders such as autism. This field relies on data-driven techniques to modify behavior, enhancing the quality of life for many. Professionals in this field play different roles, each contributing uniquely to the behavioral improvement of their clients. Let’s explore three key careers in ABA: Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Registered

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Elopement

Understanding Elopement Dangers and Precautions for Children with ASD

Elopement, or wandering, is a significant concern for families with children on the autism spectrum. It refers to the act of leaving a safe space or supervised area without permission, often without regard for safety. This behavior can pose serious risks to the child’s well-being and can cause immense worry for parents and caregivers. Understanding why children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) elope, identifying potential causes, and implementing precautionary measures are crucial steps in ensuring their safety. Why Do Children

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Parenting Tips

The Lifeline of Support Groups: Navigating Parenthood with Autistic Children

Parenthood is a journey filled with joy, challenges, and a myriad of emotions. When you’re a parent of an autistic child, the journey can feel even more daunting. The unique needs and experiences of children on the autism spectrum require additional understanding, patience, and support. In this journey, support groups emerge as invaluable lifelines, providing a safe harbor amidst the stormy seas of uncertainty. For Parents Support Groups Can Play an Important Role Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex

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Parenting Tips

Unlocking Joy: The Importance of Play for Children with Autism

In the journey of parenting, every child is unique, and their needs and abilities vary. For parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), navigating the world of playtime can present unique challenges. However, amidst these challenges lies a profound truth: play is not only important but also essential for the development and well-being of children with autism. Understanding Autism and Play Autism, a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, manifests differently in each individual. Common characteristics include difficulties in social interaction, communication

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ABA Therapy

Simon’s Story: A Parent’s Tale of Fear, Hope, and Perseverance

How old is your child and when were they diagnosed with ASD? My son, Simon*, is 9.  He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 2 ½ years old. When did you sense something was different about your child? I knew something was different when Simon was about 18 months old.  We attended Mommy and Me classes together and the other children in the classes were starting to say words.  Some were even speaking in sentences. Simon had

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