From The A-Word


A Behind The Scenes Look At The A-Word

I have been working for CARD as the social networking coordinator since November 2010, and yesterday was the first time I sat in on a therapy session. Before working here I was unfamiliar with autism and didn’t know that it is treatable. Luckily, the session I had the opportunity to sit in on was with Jack Riley as he worked with his therapist Jessica as The A-Word was being filmed.

The A-Word, Autism Part 33: New Therapist Training with Shizue

Jack Riley gets a visitor today during his session. Shizue is a new therapist and must complete field work training with another therapist before she is allowed to work alone with kids in the field. Today Jessica not only teaches Jack Riley some new things like actions and manding, but Shizue as well.

The A-Word, Autism Part 30: Advancing Skills

Every skill he learns builds on the next to create a comprehensive skillset which will facilitate appropriate communication and interaction. Each week represents tangible progress. To witness the progress, stay tuned and check out earlier episodes as well.

The A-Word, Autsim Episode 29: Being Affectionate

Today Jack Riley is more interested in playing with others than his toys. Social interaction is becoming more motivating for him which is a good thing. Jack Riley’s isn’t the only one in affectionate mood, dad is also enjoying his time with him.

The A-Word, Autism Part 27: Providing Solutions For Noncompliance And Biting

In this week’s episode, we learn that outings have become an issue for Cheryl and Mike as Jack Riley has been attempting to bite his therapists and his mother out of aggression. Jessica takes Jack Riley on a walk outside with the family to determine the antecedent (what happens before the behavior of biting) , and the consequence (what happens after the behavior). Once this is determined, it will allow her to modify Jack Riley’s behavior.

The A-Word, Autism Part 26: Struggling With Expectations

In this episode, Mike discusses his concerns over Jack Riley’s recent tantrums and general non-compliance during outings. Mike shares with Jessica his hopes and concerns about his son’s future and how autism may shape that.
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The A-word, Autism Part 25: Playing is Learning

At two years of age, for learning to be effective for Jack Riley, it needs to be centered around play. To make every moment is a teaching moment, Jessica uses toys that are motivating for Jack Riley to incorporate into lessons they are working on.