The RDI® Program for Social-Emotional Development

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) is a parent-led, home-based program developed by Dr. Steven Gutstein, a clinical psychologist from the Connections Center in Houston, Texas. The goal of RDI® is to help parents build a relationship with their child through a system of guided participation, which ultimately carries over into the child’s other relationships. Parents work […]

Helping Children with Autism Learn to Eat with Tom Caffrey

Tom Caffrey, M.Ed, BCBA, international trainer and speaker and founder and director of VBN Training, has created a series of video training modules to help parents and professionals overcome the daily behavioral challenges children with autism and their families face. As a parent of a child with autism, Caffrey understands these challenges firsthand. This is […]

Snug Vest: A recent addition to possible aids for children with special needs

Our final in the series on weighted vests highlights a former swimming instructor and classroom volunteer from Vancouver who has designed a special type of vest to aid children with special needs in their daily activities. The 24-year-old, Lisa Fraser, who has worked with these children first hand, believes that hug can mean so much for […]

Discounted weighted vests and affordable wrap arounds for children with autism

Weighted vest are trusted as an aid to children with autism. It is proven to be durable and dependable in supporting them with their routine and sleep as it provides just the right amount of added weight and pressure for calming effects. This is second in our series on weighted vests. Unfortunately, weighted vests may […]

Sensory Hugs Deep Pressure and Weighted Vest to aid children with autism

Children with autism find it hard to concentrate, and react to sensory information. Several products are now available in the market to help them with their activities involving these skills. Earlier this year, Autism Daily Newscast reported on a new “Hugs” vest that is under development. But what about those that want a weighted vest […]

Tom Caffrey and Overcoming the Challenges of Autism

Tom Caffrey, M.Ed, BCBA, international trainer and speaker and founder and director of VBN Training, has created a series of video training modules to help parents and professionals overcome the daily behavioral challenges children with autism and their families face. As a parent of a child with autism, Caffrey understands these challenges firsthand. Caffrey says: […]

Mary Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D presents her book “The Verbal Behavior Approach” at a Paris Workshop

« Mand, tact, intraverbal ! » Participants of Dr. Barbera’s Verbal Behavior workshop at the Le Chemin ABA VB Learning Center in Paris, France last week called out the different verbal operants. They were watching a video of a young, non-verbal, boy with autism learning to speak using the Verbal Behavior Approach. This group of […]

Online Program Offers Affordable Therapy for Autism

It is a known fact that children with autism suffer from sensory dysfunction. Sensory issues can range from mild to severe, and can manifest in many different ways. Occupational therapists trained in sensory integration can help, but their services are expensive, and may not always be covered by insurance. Mendability is an online program developed […]

LearnEmotion: Facial Recognition Software Helps Kids with Autism

A team of students from the Master of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship program at the University of Auckland recently won a UniServices prize in the University’s annual entrepreneurship challenge. The team worked with Dr. Mark Sagar from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute’s Laboratory of Animate Technology on the facial recognition software he invented. This program, which has […]

Romibo – Researchers Seek Funding for Affordable Therapy Robot

It is a known fact that children with autism do not develop social reciprocity with the same ease as their typically-developing peers. One of the main obstacles is the complex and subtle nature of human social cues. Children with autism tend to be literal thinkers who are comfortable with routine and sameness, and social interaction […]