Autism spectrum disorder is a diagnosis that affects each child differently. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and common ones include: · Problems with social interactions · Difficulties with communication · Repetitive/stereotypical behavior Our Family Child Advocates developed a list of five possible autism red flags for preschoolers. While this is not an all-inclusive […]
About Rachel Nitekman
Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 10 years of experience working with children with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental delays. After graduating from the Blitstein Institute in 2011, she went on to receive her Masters in Psychology specializing in ABA, from Kaplan University, while working full time as a pediatric behavior therapist. Rachel has worked with children in a variety of settings, including home, camp and school. She also worked for KESHET, an organization that provides services for children and young adults with varying developmental delays. Rachel is passionate about her work in helping children succeed to their fullest potentials in life.
Breaks during the school year can end up being stressful for parents. The key to success would be to prepare as much as possible beforehand. Try these 7 tips to help your child with Autism handle breaks from school: Give your child a heads up that there is going to be a break in the […]
School days can be a perfect opportunity for children to work on social skills. Children are surrounded by their peers throughout the day and there are endless opportunities for interaction. Here are some opportunities to promote social skills throughout the school day: During circle time, snack time and lunch time, have the child sit next […]
Beginning a new school year with any child can be harrowing for parents! You may wonder, “Will my child get the support that he needs?” or “How will I communicate with her teacher?” and “What can I do as a parent to reinforce what is happening in the classroom?” These questions and worries can be even […]