Return of the Routine: Stress and a Quick Mindfulness Check for Parents

By Pamela Manke, LPC, BCBA, and Clinical Coordinator at FamilyWise Behavior Solutions in Mystic, CT. The holidays can be demanding; everyone is off their routine, traveling to see family, or having family staying with you. It can all be exciting, fun, and magical, but it can also bring another layer of stress. Never mind the sugar highs and crashes, or the challenge getting children to stick to a bedtime routine. »

Call for 2019 Writers - Thread Content Project

By Sue Lacy, Director of Communications and Customer Care at Thread Learning, Inc. Thread is looking for writers! We have a limited number of spots available now for 2019 writers who are passionate about topics at the intersection of autism and ABA. Apply HERE for consideration. Our writers AND our audience will include everyone from clinical directors and school administrators to therapists, teachers, and parents. We’re looking for a similarly wide range in styles and topics as we publish short articles and stories on topics you want to write about. »

Cornell University tells story of modernized tools for autism care by Thread Learning, Inc.

How Thread Learning is Modernizing the Complex World of Autism Care is a story recently published by Cornell University; excerpt below. One in 59 children in the United States is born on the autism spectrum, which is a 424 percent increase from autism rates in 2001. Given this rapid increase in autism diagnoses and the length of school and training for autism caregivers, it’s not surprising that there is a catastrophic shortage of therapists and educators to help these kids learn and thrive. »

Early Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Noor Syed, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Lehigh University Autism Services (August 22, 2018) Since the year 2000, diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the United States have almost tripled. Fortunately, public awareness and understanding of effective, evidence-based interventions of ASD have grown similarly over that same time period. Recognizing ASD in children at an early age (e.g., by age three) allows treatment to occur sooner, which can lead to significantly enhanced outcomes later in life (Dawson et al. »

Big Data in Healthcare and ABA

Greg Brill, CEO, Thread Learning and Noor Syed, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Lehigh University Autism Services Ph.D. (July 7, 2018) Kessel and Combs (2016) published a compelling article about the developments in electronic data management within healthcare. We’d like to summarize and apply their findings for today’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) community, which is increasingly reliant on the use of electronic data collection. The study investigated the results of 895 articles published over the last decade to examine the massive growth in healthcare data and the necessity of harnessing and sharing “Big Data” (Kessel & Combs, 2016). »