Mind Matters is a blog dedicated to discussing relevant and timely articles pertaining to the autism community. Blog articles are written by experts at the Fay J. Lindner center and also draw on outside resources to provide valuable information to those we provide services to.
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Evidence-Based Apps for ASD

By Lisa Wajsblat, PsyD, BCBA-D
Each and everyday, all of us use technology in some form or another. Whether we are using our smart phones or iPads to find simple and easy recipes for dinner, locate the nearest coffee shop or toy store, get directions or train times, download our new favorite song, or do just about anything else, technology is able to assist us in ways that make our lives easier and help us learn and do things that we may not have been able to earlier that day. For individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities, technology serves a largely similar function. Available applications for children, adolescents, adults, and parents of individuals with ASD provide support for a range of areas, including improving social and communication skills, addressing basic adaptive daily living skills (e.g., cooking and meal preparation), and even providing behavioral supports for parents and providers.

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Using Board Games to Increase Executive Functioning Skills

By Zonya Mitchell, PsyD
Executive function is a set of mental skills, controlled by the frontal lobes that help you get things done. They include:
Inhibition – The ability to halt one’s own behavior, actions, and thoughts at the appropriate time.
Shift – Being able to move easily from one situation to another and to use flexible thinking so that one can respond appropriately to a situation.
Emotional Control – Using rational thought to modulate emotional responses.
Initiation – The ability to independently start a task or activity, come up with ideas, generate responses, or problem-solving strategies.
Working memory – The ability to rehearse or hold information in mind for use in completing a task.
Planning/Organization – Managing current and future – oriented task demands.
Organization of Materials – The imposition of order on work, play, and storage spaces.
Self-Monitoring – The ability to monitor one’s own behavior or performance and to measure it against a standard of expectation or need.

Getting the Most Out of Your Child’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program

ABA is a widely prescribed and research proven intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum. Many centers and in-home therapist provide ABA to parents seeking these services to assist with skill acquisition or behavior modification. But how does a parent know if the therapy that their child is receiving is good or even adequate? Read more >>

Sensory Integration in Autism: What New Research is Telling Us!

How we combine the information coming in from our senses could provide new insights into autism. Findings in a new research group suggest that typically developing children acquire the ability to rapidly integrate multiple senses around the age of seven to nine, but that children on the autism spectrum do not fully develop this ability until they are in their teens. Read more >>

Traveling with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Many parents of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder dread traveling or often avoid it altogether. Experts indicate that preparation and practice is the key to a successful flight and travel. Here are some strategies for making the individual with ASD feel as comfortable as possible and the journey more bearable. Read more >>