Author: Sarah Kupferschmidt, M.A., BCBA

Simple Ways to Make Pokémon Go! Safe with Autism

From Autism Parenting Magazine By now you have probably heard of Pokémon Go!  It is a mobile game developed by Niantic that includes location-based augmentative reality.  In other words, using the GPS on your phone, the game identifies real-world locations near you and the “digital you” on your phone screen searches for, captures and trains Pokémons in your own backyard or community.  Parents and caregivers are reporting that it is encouraging children with autism to go out in the community, to initiate conversation with other kids and even complete strangers.  While these reports are heartwarming and encouraging, parents should...

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High Quality ABA Treatment: What Every Parent Needs to Know

From Autism Parenting Magazine Dr. Stephen Shore once said “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”  As many of you know, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are now 1 in 68 children living with autism in the United States.  What this means for each child and his/her family is unique to him/her.  Luckily however, there is a treatment that has been shown time and time again to improve the quality of life for children with autism and his/her family.  The treatment I am referring to is one that...

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