Autism Tips for Parents and Caregivers
At Tandem, we recognize that each child on the autism spectrum is unique. A one-size-fits-all approach to therapy simply doesn’t work.
If you are a parent or caregiver of an autistic child, chances are you have questions. You may be wondering how to help your child succeed at home, at school, in friendships, and in life. Whether you want to know more about sensory processing issues or the latest research about language delays, we have resources you can use.
Our Resources section has all the answers and advice you need in the form of blog posts, videos, and our acclaimed podcast, all autism talk. Browse this page to stay informed and get tips to help your child thrive.
Our expert clinicians break down complicated science and research into easy-to-understand information. Our content covers a wide range of topics — from understanding common signs for early diagnosis to helping your child form friendships.
We also offer resources to people who work in the field of ABA. Don’t miss our special blog posts, videos, and podcast episodes for ABA professionals. We cover issues you want to hear about — from boosting diversity to dealing with anxiety to learning more about the work we do. Find it all, and more, here.
Find expert-level advice about raising kids with autism. Read stories about living with autism and working in the ABA field.
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Hear from inspiring people, experts, and authors in the autism community. Listen to our acclaimed podcast, all autism talk.
Autism — known in the medical world as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — is a lifelong neurological condition that affects language, communication, and social skills. Little is known about what causes it.
ASD can be tricky to diagnose because there are no medical tests for it. Early screenings can make a big difference in catching autism early and getting the right treatment. Characteristics of autism include:
- Deficits in communication and social interaction across multiple contexts
- Restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities
ABA — which stands for applied behavior analysis — is an evidence-based therapy that’s widely recognized as the gold standard in treatment for autism. ABA is supported by decades of scientific research. It also has legal protection, as ABA therapy is mandated in the United States, with treatment available in your child’s home, community, school — or in Learning Centers designed especially for ABA services.
Despite what many people think, ABA isn’t one specific type of treatment. It’s an approach that uses a mix of interventions to teach the skills needed for children to succeed in school and life.