19 June 2024

Navigating the Path to an Autism Diagnosis for Your Child

For children with autism and related disorders, receiving an official diagnosis plays a key role in their development moving forward. After all, this means that they can access additional support services, put accommodations in place to support them moving forward, and begin to explore different therapeutic interventions. This is particularly important when you understand that […]

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8 June 2024

Which Therapy is Right for My Child with Autism?

According to a recent report from the CDC, “1 in 36 children in the U.S. have autism, up from the previous rate of 1 in 44.” This increase in diagnoses can likely be attributed to an increased awareness of the condition, alongside growing funding for ASL and other related disorders. Fortunately, this also means that […]

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13 March 2024

Helping Your Child with Autism Communicate

Our ability to communicate with others, be it our family or peers, shapes our day-to-day lives. After all, it helps us form strong relationships, advocate for ourselves, and get to where we need to be (both professionally and personally). However, children with autism and related disorders may find it harder than most to communicate with […]

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26 February 2024

How To Advocate For Your Child With Autism

A parent will always be their child’s biggest advocate. However, when your child is diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, your advocacy becomes all the more important. Why is Autism Advocacy Important? There are many reasons why autism advocacy is important. It can help to break down harmful stereotypes, challenge misinformation, and perhaps most […]

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1 February 2024

Understanding Autism: Social Stories and Their Role in Skill Development

What are social stories? In 1991, Carol Gray coined and trademarked the term “social stories.” It refers to a short, narrative-style description of a particular event or social scenario, broken down so that a neurotypical child may find it easier to understand. After reading a social story, a child with autism or a related disorder […]

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17 October 2023

Why Early Invention Is Important For Children With Autism?

According to a study from Autism Speaks, the average age of autism diagnosis in the U.S. is 5 years (for boys) and 5.06 for girls. While this is still a relatively young age, and some individuals do not receive a formal diagnosis for autism or related conditions until adulthood, studies have found that autism can […]

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26 September 2023

How To Help Your Child With Autism Prepare For A School Trip

Photo by Anna Samoylova on Unsplash   Field trips provide children with the opportunity to further consolidate the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom through real-life experiences. They also allow them to form stronger bonds with their peers outside of the classroom environment.   In short, they are an essential part of your child’s academic […]

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22 September 2023

How To Ensure Your Child With Autism Stays Safe in the Sun.

  Now that the Summer is finally upon us, it’s likely that you’ll want to spend as much time outdoors as possible – whether you’re going on a family day out or a summer vacation.   However, during this time, you must teach your children the importance of staying safe in the sun. This is […]

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19 July 2023

Top Tips For Taking Your Child With Autism On Vacation

There are many benefits associated with going on a family vacation. After all, without having to contend with work, school, or your usual social calendar, you can spend more quality time with each other than ever before. While you may view an escape from your home and routine as something to look forward to, this […]

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2 June 2023

What Are The Goals Of Occupational Therapy?

The goals of occupational therapy(OT) revolve around improving the quality of life of individuals by enhancing their abilities in various activities of daily living.   The purpose of this type of therapy is to develop, recover, and maintain functional skills.   This article outlines the goals of occupational therapy and how they help clients.   […]

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1 June 2023

Understanding Autism: Difficulty In Social Situations

  While it’s important to stress that no two people with autism experience the condition in the same way, some symptoms are more common than others. For example, many children with autism and related disorders find difficulty in social situations. What are ‘social situations’? The social situation is a term that can describe a broad […]

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3 May 2023

Understanding Autism_ Literal Thinking

There are many different traits and behaviors that are often associated with autism and related disorders, including literal thinking.     What is literal thinking?   Literal thinking, sometimes referred to as concrete thinking, refers to the way in which we view the world around us. By definition, literal thinkers “may take information at face […]

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18 April 2023

Understanding Autism: Special Interests

While autism and related disorders impact different individuals in different ways, many individuals with autism develop a special interest.   In fact, one study found that some 75-95% of autistic individuals have a special interest that often begins during childhood but sticks with them throughout their life.   Working to better understand your child’s special […]

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14 March 2023

Understanding Autism_ What Is Stimming

Emotional regulation is something that we all struggle with – even into adulthood. However, the way in which we regulate our emotions varies on a case by case basis – and the same can be said for children with autism and related disorders.   Many children with autism use ‘stimming’ as a form of emotional […]

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10 February 2023

Home Based Therapeutic Services (HBTS)

They say the greatest lessons we learn in life start at home. That’s why the team at Alee Behavioral has worked hard to develop our Home-based Therapeutic Services for children with autism and related disorders.     Like with other interventive therapies, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy, these strategies are designed to provide […]

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1 November 2022

Ensuring Your Thanksgiving Celebrations Are Autism-Friendly

As we move into November, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.   Not only is now the perfect time to perfect your pumpkin pie recipe, but you should also ensure that you are planning celebrations that the whole family can enjoy, including those who may be neurodiverse.   After all, for children with autism and […]

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13 October 2022

Feeding Tips and Tricks for Children with ASD

Children with autism spectrum disorder often have particular food preferences.  Chicken nuggets, crackers, macaroni and cheese, and bread tend to be foods that these kids accept and love.  Gently expanding that list of foods can be excellent for nutrition and getting new sensory experiences.  Here are some ways to get started:   Present a new […]

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24 August 2022

The Eighth Sense: Interoception

  Adults and children alike rely on their senses to obtain information about our environment.  The five senses that people commonly think of are touch, taste, sight, and smell – these senses give us information about the world around us.  However, three other senses provide us with information about our own bodies: Proprioception, vestibular input, […]

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4 August 2022

Why You Should Get A Pet For Your Child With Autism

  Many parents feel overwhelmed when their child receives a diagnosis for autism or a related condition, as they wonder what kind of impact this will have on their lives. And, while it’s important to note that autism is not a debilitating condition that will stand in the way of your child’s long-term success, there […]

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26 July 2022

Play and Autism Spectrum Disorder: 7 Tips for More Meaningful Play

Kids with autism spectrum disorder tend to have play patterns that they repeat over and over.  Her favorite character from Netflix?  It’s the only one she’ll play with.  His cars that he seems to adore?  He only wants to line them up again and again.  Children on the autism spectrum tend to engage in stereotyped, […]

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13 May 2022

How To Talk To Your Child About Their Autism Diagnosis

There are plenty of guides out there that offer advice for parents whose child has just had an autism diagnosis, but very few that consider this process from the perspective of the child. After all, as the average diagnosis age is three for boys and four for girls, children are often too young to understand […]

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14 April 2022

What Are The Lesser Known Symptoms Of ASD

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, manifests itself differently in every person who has received a diagnosis. This is, in part, what can make diagnosis difficult – as the symptoms can be far-ranging and often overlap with other neurological conditions, such as Aspergers or even OCD.   As a result, it is essential that parents seek […]

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4 April 2022

How Do I Know Which Autism Therapy Is Right For My Child

Neurodiverse children and adults experience the world in different ways to neurotypical people. For example, they may respond differently to sounds, sights, and sensations due to how they process the things happening around them.   However, the issue is that the world is built for neurotypical people and their comfort, meaning that the varying needs […]

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7 February 2022

Why Occupational Therapy Is Beneficial For Children With Autism

At Alee Behavioral, we’re passionate about helping children with autism, and related disorders develop the skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their life – from social interactions to schooling. One way in which we achieve this goal is by offering a wide range of therapy services that target different areas in which […]

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20 January 2022

Why Speech Therapy Is Beneficial For Children With Autism

  Our success, both within our personal lives and in the professional realm, is often dictated by how we are able to communicate with those around us. After all, so much of our time is dedicated to social interaction and interpersonal relationships, even during the pandemic when the majority of these interactions occurred behind the […]

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14 December 2021

Top Tips For An Autism-Friendly Christmas

  The most wonderful time of year, whether you’re hosting a big family event or spending hours decorating your Christmas tree – the holidays are simply magical. However, for children with autism and related disorders, they can also be a little daunting. This is due to the fact that they’re leaps and bounds away from […]

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19 November 2021

Top Tips For Autism-Friendly Thanksgiving Celebrations

  Whether your favorite part of thanksgiving is the famous football matches, spending time with your family, or second (and third) helpings of pumpkin pie – you’ll likely already have put some plans in place for how you plan to celebrate the big day. After all, many thanksgiving celebrations were put on hold last year, […]

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8 November 2021

What To Do If You Believe That Your Child Has Autism

  As a parent, you will always want what is best for your child. As a result, if you begin to suspect that they have a condition such as autism, you may be feeling concerned or even worried about what the future may hold for your child. After all, children with autism or related conditions […]

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26 October 2021

Why Autism Representation Is Important In The Media

    As both adults and children, the media we consume is often partly responsible for how we formulate opinions or view the world around us. This is because it often provides us with a framework that we can use when navigating situations that may be new to us or when meeting new people. Furthermore, […]

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12 October 2021

Top Tips For Parents Whose Children Have Just Had An Autism Diagnosis

  In the USA, the average age for an autism diagnosis is around 3.8 years for boys and 4+ years for girls. This is because this is around the time when their differences to their peers become more apparent, whether this relates to how they carry themselves or socialize with others. However, many individuals with […]

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10 October 2021

Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Navigating the services and therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can sometimes feel overwhelming.  If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) they may have a large team of interdisciplinary professionals (with a variety of different credentials) who contribute to their treatment.  This entry will briefly summarize the […]

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30 September 2021

The Best After-School Activities For Children With Autism

  Whether your kids are attending online school or have already returned to the classroom, with the new school year underway, it’s likely that they are going to be spending a lot of their time learning. However, while their academic pursuits are important, you should also ensure that they have plenty of fun outside of […]

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10 September 2021

Back To School Tips For Children With Autism

The new academic year can be challenging for any child. After all, entering a new grade (or school entirely) comes with a shift in responsibilities and expectations. They will also have to adjust to a new teaching style and re-integrate with their peers after spending a lot of time at home. Furthermore, due to school […]

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27 August 2021

Four Ways To Make Day-To-Day Life Easier For Your Children With Autism

We all run into struggles in our day-to-day life. However, during adolescence, these problems often seem far worse than they actually are. This is due to the fact that during this period in our lives, we’ve yet to develop the appropriate coping mechanisms and skill sets that enable us to work towards a quick and […]

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10 August 2021

Top Tips For Parenting A Child With Autism

Parenting will always be tough – whether your kids are in the infamous terrible twos or entering their teens. However, if you are raising a child with autism or a related disorder, you may initially find it hard to provide them with the support and care they need to thrive in any situation. Thankfully, there […]

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30 July 2021

Helping Your Child With Autism Do Their Homework

No student enjoys doing their homework. After all, after spending a busy day at school – they want to be able to dedicate their time to something a little more relaxing or fun, such as exploring their special interests or hobbies. However, for children with autism or related disorders, completing their homework could present them […]

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25 June 2021

How To Help Your Child With Autism Formulate A Routine

Having a routine in our daily life can prove to be highly beneficial. This is because it allows you to better manage and divide your time between work and your social life and develop healthy and lasting habits. However, for children (and adults) with autism and related disorders, a routine can be invaluable due to […]

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7 June 2021

How To Help A Child With Autism Enjoy A Big Family Event

As COVID restrictions begin to reduce globally, we can start to make plans to spend time with our extended friends and family once again. This means that you’re bound to be receiving invites for large-scale events such as reunions, birthday parties, and even weddings. While a big event is enough to make anyone feel a […]

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21 May 2021

How To Help Your Child With Autism Find Their Voice

When we are young, we begin to develop a range of skills that we will then carry with us into adulthood. This includes skills in areas such as problem-solving, relationship-building, and communication. In fact, these skills are often the foundation upon which our future personalities are based upon. However, some children with autism find it […]

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7 May 2021

How To Plan A Family Vacation For A Child With Autism

While many travel plans may have been put on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the success of vaccination schemes and safety procedures means that we could very soon be traveling freely again. This means that it’s finally time to start planning your family vacation (or staycation, if you want to stay a […]

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23 April 2021

How To Help Your Child With Autism Deal With Sensory Issues

Though each and every person who receives an autism diagnosis experiences autism differently, there are often symptoms that overlap with each other and are experienced by a vast number of people. For example, children with autism often deal with some form of sensory regulation. What is sensory regulation? Sensory regulation refers to the way in […]

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9 April 2021

How To Help Your Child With Autism Thrive In Any Environment

As a parent, you will always want what is best for your child. This often means that you’ll go above and beyond to find a way to make them happy and create an environment in which they can thrive. However, when a child is diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, usual parental worries may […]

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10 July 2020

How to Encourage Creativity in Children with Autism

Creativity plays a huge part in our everyday lives. We see it in the TV shows we watch, the art we hang on our walls and in the books we read. Furthermore, creativity plays an essential role in our personal development, especially within children. Being creative allows children to find new ways to express themselves, […]

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26 June 2020

How to follow a healthy lifestyle with Autism

Even as adults, many of us struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether we find it difficult to remain motivated with exercise, or to stick to a nutritious diet, its important that we find a healthy balance! However, for children with autism (and their families), it can be even more difficult to follow a healthy […]

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24 June 2020

Our Cranston and Providence Clinics are Now Open

We are pleased to announce the limited reopening of our 626 Park Avenue, Cranston and 845-851 North Main Street, Providence clinics for in-person therapy.  We are closely following state Department of Health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our clients’ and employees’.  Parents and caregivers are asked to monitor their phones and emails […]

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15 June 2020

A guide to discussing autism with children!

Autism, and the reason as to why people behave in certain ways, can be a difficult topic for most adults to understand – let alone kids! Often, when a sibling is diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, the other children in the family can feel confused or even a little worried as to what […]

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1 June 2020

Great News! We are reopening for in-person therapy

We are pleased to announce a limited reopening of our 626 Park Avenue, Cranston ABA clinic for in-person therapy. This reopening will begin Monday, June 8th.  We are closely following state Department of Health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our clients’ and employees’. We look forward to opening the Providence clinic in the […]

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1 June 2020

Fitness Activities for Children with Autism

At Alee, we hope to use our expert knowledge to ensure that every child we are entrusted to work with at our autism clinic reaches their full potential, be that academic, personal or physical. Studies have shown that encouraging a child with autism to engage in sporting activities can have a range of health benefits. […]

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18 May 2020

5 Tips for Homeschooling Autistic Children

Homeschooling Autistic Children In recent months, many parents have begun homeschooling their children as a result of school closures across the globe. This is a difficult task for any parent. However, homeschooling children with autism creates even greater challenges. When homeschooling an autistic child, it is necessary to provide a healthy balance of support and […]

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24 April 2020

RI and MA Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

Unfortunately COVID-19 claimed another victim, the 2019-2020 school year. After much deliberation Governors Baker and Raimondo felt they had no other option but to close the schools. There is some good news, RI was ahead of the curve with online education and will continue to provide RI students with quality online instruction for the rest […]

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20 April 2020

The Autism Project’s Virtual Imagine Walk is this Sunday April 26th, 2020

Due to the present crisis the Autism Project’s Imagine Walk will be held virtually.  The Autism Project provides services, resources and advocacy for the autism community.  Please click the image below to find out how you can help them during these trying times. From The Autism Project’s Website We understand that this is a very […]

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14 April 2020

Supporting Children With Autism During School Closure-Free Parent Webinar 4/21 @ 12:30pm

This webinar will provide considerations and specific strategies for supporting children on the spectrum at home during school closure related to COVID-19. It will be informative for parents and other caregivers, as well as professionals who are supporting families through this new reality.  (1 hour) Register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UpVaTHpoQ9CrvRgYh9C3QQ

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8 April 2020

Covid-19 Updates

With the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we want to reaffirm that the health and safety of our employees, clients, and partners is our top priority. We are actively monitoring the situation, and are closely following the guidelines provided to us by the state and local governments, states department of health as well as […]

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