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08/10/2022

Lighthouse Autism Center Staff Spotlight: Haeleigh

Meet Lighthouse Autism Center’s Staff Spotlight of the Month: Haeleigh. Haeleigh is a Registered Behavior Therapist at our Champaign center, where she has worked since May of 2022. Haeleigh received her undergraduate in psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and she is currently enrolled to begin a Master of Arts program in neuroscience and […]

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06/27/2022

Asperger’s Signs and Symptoms

In this article, we take a look at Asperger’s syndrome, and describe its most common characteristics, how it differs from other autism disorders and how to treat it.

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06/27/2022

Autism Awareness Month

We take a look at Autism Awareness Month, what it is about, when it was started and how everyone can do their bit to raise awareness about autism.

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06/27/2022

Learn About CPI Training

We take a look at what CPI is and why it is so beneficial for de-escalating crises for children with autism.

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06/27/2022

Autism Signs in Infants

We take a look at the most common autism symptoms in babies and toddlers, and the importance of getting children diagnosed as early as possible.

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06/21/2022

How Autism Can Help You Land a Job

Some employers increasingly are viewing autism as an asset and not a deficiency in the workplace.

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06/21/2022

Celebrating Halloween with Autism Spectrum Disorder

5 Tips for Celebrating Halloween with a Child on the Autism Spectrum 1.) The Costume Let your child pick out a costume that works for them. If they love soft things, try a fuzzy costume onesie, if they love dinosaurs, let them be a T-rex. Whatever it is that gets your child excited, channel that […]

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06/21/2022

ABA Therapy Tips for Taking Your Child with Autism to the Dentist

Taking Your Child With Autism to the Dentist For any child, and even adults, a trip to the dentist can often be filled with anxiety, fear, and discomfort. For a child with autism especially, these feelings can be even further heightened by sensitivities to noise, smell, and touch. In order to make this experience better […]

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06/21/2022

Impact of Dropping Asperger’s from the DSM-V

Asperger’s syndrome no longer listed in DSM-V A big change is about to take place in the soon to be released Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly known as the DSM-V. Asperger’s syndrome has dropped from the manual and instead it will fall under the category of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The […]

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06/20/2022

Children with Autism: Boys Verses Girls

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Boys Verses Girls According to the CDC, boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. But does this mean that boys are more likely to have autism or does this mean that girls are just being underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed? Signs of autism in girls can be easily […]

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06/17/2022

The “Proof is in the Paddington”

The “Proof is in the Paddington” This week, Lighthouse Fusion Director, Janine Shapiro, CCC-SLP/BCBA, and Lighthouse Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Jessica McCuen, traveled to London.  Tourist sightseeing, international cuisine, and West End shows were not on the itinerary.  Instead, the focus was Hannah*, a doe-eyed, 5-year-old girl with autism secondary to a very rare genetic […]

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06/16/2022

Meet Janine Shapiro, M.S., CCC SLP-BCBA

Meet Janine Shapiro, M.S., CCC SLP-BCBA What made you decide on a career in therapy? I have two younger siblings who presented with developmental speech disorders. I grew up in clinical waiting rooms! My parents had enormous respect and gratitude towards my brothers’ speech therapist; she was a hero in our house!   What inspires/drives you? I’m […]

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06/16/2022

Lighthouse Autism Center Shining Example: Oliver

Meet Lighthouse Autism Center’s Child Spotlight of the Month: Oliver. When Oliver first came to Lighthouse he struggled with communication, toileting, and aggression. With the help of his dedicated team of clinicians at Lighthouse, Oliver has made incredible progress! Oliver’s Progress at Lighthouse Autism Center Oliver now independently asks for things he wants or needs […]

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