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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 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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Why Get an Autism Diagnosis?

Why Get an Autism Diagnosis?

It’s already difficult to accept when your child is different, but an autism diagnosis can be an emotional experience for the whole family. It’s easy to just shrug and say “we’ll figure it out” in the face of long waiting lists for testing. However, getting a formal autism diagnosis can help make navigating the world easier for your child—and in turn, for you…

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Autism Acceptance: A Guide

Autism Acceptance: A Guide

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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The Three Severity Levels of ASD Explained

The Three Severity Levels of ASD Explained

We know that autism is a spectrum, but categorizing children with ASD can be helpful when it comes to deciding what levels of support they need. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has laid out some criteria in order to group children with autism based on the intensity of certain behaviors. Symptoms usually occur in early development and cause considerable impairment to function.

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Managing Holiday Stress for Kids with Autism

Managing Holiday Stress for Kids with Autism

Between school breaks causing changes in routine and family gatherings increasing the risk of sensory overload, the holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, but especially children with autism. You may find yourself wondering, how can I include my child with ASD in family events?

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Raising Teenagers with Autism

Raising Teenagers with Autism

Whether it comes as a total shock or confirms a suspicion you’ve long held, an official autism diagnosis is a life-changing event for you, your child, and your entire family. But remember: an autism diagnosis does not fundamentally change who your child is. It simply allows them access to treatment and accommodation for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, that will better support them as they learn to navigate the world.

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A Brief History of ABA Therapy

A Brief History of ABA Therapy

​When seeking out the right care for your child with autism, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with information about the latest therapies or methods of support. At The Cardinal Center, we use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the gold standard for autism. ABA therapy is an evidence-based approach supported by decades of research.

But, ABA initially revolved around the principle that if positive behavior is rewarded and negative behavior is reprimanded — some…

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Bullying and ASD: What to Do if Your Child Is Being Bullied

Bullying and ASD: What to Do if Your Child Is Being Bullied

Whether it comes as a total shock or confirms a suspicion you’ve long held, an official autism diagnosis is a life-changing event for you, your child, and your entire family. But remember: an autism diagnosis does not fundamentally change who your child is. It simply allows them access to treatment and accommodation for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, that will better support them as they learn to navigate the world.

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