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Separation Anxiety Disorder

"It’s normal for little children to not want to stray too far from us. We are animals after all and survival instincts tell our young that too much distance or time between them and us is a risky thing. For this reason, the developmentally normal ‘stranger anxiety’ and ‘separation anxiety’ that infants and young children...
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Step-Ladder Approach to Help Anxiety in Children…

"The step-ladder approach for the treatment of anxiety is medically known as graded or hierarchical exposure. It’s one of the ‘behavioural’ components of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and it’s useful to know about when encouraging your child to address their fears. This treatment approach can be applied to many common childhood anxieties such as the fear of...
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ASD resource in New Zealand

ASD Communication and Behaviour Service Information Sheet  The ASD Communication and Behaviour Service is for families of children and young person’s with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are under the age of 19. ASD Communication and Behaviour Service The ASD Communication and Behaviour Service provides support for the development of positive communication and behaviour skills for...
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Facts about Weighted Blankets and Directions to Make Your Own

 Facts about Weighted Blankets and Directions to Make Your Own "What Children May Benefit from a Weighted Blanket and Why: My daughter with Rett Syndrome and Mitochondrial Disease would never sleep through the night. There was always something that set her off. A skeptic by nature, I never thought a weighted blanket could do much to...
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Tips for Expanding the ‘Food Horizons’

Tips for Expanding the ‘Food Horizons’ of Individuals with ASD  "Autism Spectrum Quarterly Summer 2007 (Jennifer Twatchtman-Reilly)
  1. Teach the child about nutrition, using the food pyramid or children’s books about nutrition.
  2. Establish new rules that are nutrition based (e.g. “we always have one fruit or one vegetable at every meal”). Stick to these rules, but allow...
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