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Our Autism Blog

At The Cardinal Center for Behavior Analysis, we want our clients and their families to feel fully supported and informed. Our autism blog offers additional resources about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and ABA therapy, and addresses common topics discussed amongst families and friends of individuals with autism. Click below to explore our content and contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more!

Understanding And Managing Misophonia (Sensory Overload)

Understanding and Managing Misophonia (Sound Sensory Overload)Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have aversions to certain sounds, but some may have severe sound-induced sensory overload, or misophonia. This occurs when certain noises invoke emotions and behaviors, like anger and screaming, that can prevent the person from coping until the noise stops. A type of sound sensitivity disorder, misophonia causes the brain to trigger a fight-or-flight response upon hearing a...

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The Importance of Playtime for Children with Autism

The Importance of Playtimefor Children with AutismPlaytime gives all children the space to have fun, let loose, build relationships, and more, but is also proven to be uniquely important for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies throughout the years have shown that structured play can benefit the physical, cognitive, and social function of children with autism!Kids with autism often struggle to command parts of their body to move efficiently, hindering their ability to perform...

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Navigating Vacations

Navigating Vacations

Vacations are an exciting time for families, but this excitement can also bring challenges for your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Travel can alter the processes that help your child feel safe and comfortable, such as their daily routine, a familiar environment, and having controlled stimuli.

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Why Won’t My Child Try New Foods?

Why Won’t My Child Try New Foods?

Children have a reputation for being picky about the foods they try — but when your child is on the autism spectrum (ASD), picky eating can reach a whole new level. Is it really picky eating, or something else? You may have asked yourself, “Why is my child a picky eater?” Often, we blame “picky eating” on a child…

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Understanding Non-Vocal Autism

Understanding Non-Vocal Autism

Milestones for children diagnosed with autism may be different from their neurotypical peers. Communication deficits are not uncommon in children with ASD, but as they age, you may notice that your child doesn’t communicate much. You may even begin to wonder if your child with autism will ever talk at all.

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Autism in Toddlers: Identifying ASD Early

Autism in Toddlers: Identifying ASD Early

You’ve likely heard the term “autism awareness”, usually accompanied by a lot of blue logos, especially in April for Autism Awareness Month. However, there is a growing number of organizations and adults with autism that are advocating for autism acceptance to become the norm…

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