Autism

Ross Therapy Group

ABA Therapy & Autism Research located in Scotch Plains, NJ

If you’re an autism mom -- or autism dad -- you're not alone. Approximately one out of every 59 American children are thought to have an autism spectrum disorder. At Ross Therapy Group in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, we’ve created an environment that helps kids (and their parents) embrace their differences while developing meaningful life skills. If you'd like to learn more about autism and live in New Jersey, we're happy to help: Contact Ross Therapy Group today to learn more or just keep reading.

Autism Q & A

What is autism?

Autism isn’t a single condition, but a range of conditions that share many specific traits (hence, the term "autism spectrum disorder"). Some of the challenges that people with autism face include:

  • Difficulty with social skills
  • Struggles with speech and nonverbal communication
  • Repetitive behaviors

You should also know that people with autism sometimes display unique skills or giftedness in specific areas. So as you move through your journey with autism, we encourage you to look for subjects or artistic pursuits where your child excels, and celebrate their accomplishments in those areas (even if they don’t turn out to be exceptionally gifted).

What if my child has autism -- how do I interact with them?

Interacting with an autistic child isn't that different from how you’d approach any other child. Using a caring, sincere, and thoughtful approach is always best.

We’ve found that these tips can help you communicate effectively with your child as well as with friends he or she meets through support groups or autism-focused social events.

  • Be patient and persistent
  • Remain positive
  • Allow the child to express anger or frustration healthily
  • Don’t take things personally
  • Believe in your child’s potential
  • Show love and support

I’m worried that my child won’t be able to perform academically. Do kids with autism have specific learning styles?

We all have certain strengths and preferences for the way we learn, and the same goes for people with autism. If your child does have autism, don't worry: We've found that autistic kids can still excel academically, and understanding their learning style makes it easier to maximize their learning potential.  

Visual

Visual learners process information best through sight. They respond well to flash cards, color-coding, videos, and pictures.

Auditory

Auditory learners handle new information well through hearing. They prefer oral explanations and have great success with recorded lessons, study discussions, and having music playing while studying.

Kinesthetic

Kinesthetic learners love hands-on activities. They enjoy role-playing, physical movement, experiments, and interactive software or apps.

Kinesthetic/Tactile

Kinesthetic/Tactile learners process information through action. They actively explore their environment, write things down, and touch things to understand them better.

If your child has been diagnosed with autism, discovering their learning style can pave the way toward an enjoyable and fulfilling treatment path. Visit our Autism Diagnosis page to learn more about how Ross Therapy Group works to connect families with excellent, caring, and compassionate therapists.