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Resources and Related Information

A list of resources that can help you and your family.

Apps

Communication

ChoiceBoard Creator (iTunes)

Choose an activity and take pictures of the different choices available to create a choice board to use during the activity.

Self-Help
Schedules

CanPlan (iTunes)

Allows you to create a visual schedule each day along with the visual and auditory steps required for each activity and reminders set to make sure each activity is completed at the correct time of the day.

Self-Help
Telephone Skills

DialSafe Pro (iTunes)

Provides lessons on using a phone, dialing 911, and speaking to strangers in addition to teaching your child their home phone number and the phone numbers of others using memory games, practices, challenges, and a simulator.

Social Skills

Stories About Me (iTunes)

Allows you to create your own social stories with pictures, words, and recordings.

Safety Products

This list provides examples of the most common types of safety products. It is not a complete list and the items here should not be seen as ABES recommendations. Parents may use this guide as a starting point for determining the products that suit their needs best. No safety device should be seen as providing 100% security or as a replacement for adult supervision. Product categories are: Labels, Locks, Alarms, and Locators.

Labels

Wristbands – Removable and Reusable

Alert Me in + Case + of Emergency

My Precious Kid Child ID Bracelet
Amazon: QR Code Medical/Safety Identification Wristband for Outdoors/Indoors

Wristbands – Childproof and Temporary

My Precious Kid: Disposable ID Bracelet – Travel Wristband
Amazon:Travel Child ID Wristband
Alert Me in + Case + of Emergency

Shoe tags

Amazon: Shoe ID Tags
Amazon: SmartKidsID Child ID/Medical ID Shoe Tag

Tattoos/Adhesive ID

Amazon: SafetyTat Child ID Tattoos (Multi-Design 6pk)
SafetyTat QR
My Precious Kid: Temporary Tattoos for Child Safety

ID Cards

Amazon: Laser/Ink Jet Child Protection Information, Child Safety Photo ID Kit

QR Code Clothing Patches

If I Need Help: QR Code Clothing Patch

Locks

Amazon: Seat Belt Buckle Guard

These devices are intended to prevent exit from home, hotel, or car.

Doors (Video and Website)

YouTube Video: Assurance Locking Systems

Doors and Windows

My Precious Kid: Door Locks
Amazon: Kidco Mesh Window Guard
Prime-Line Products U 9888 Flip Action Steel Door Lock, White Finish
Cardinal Gates Door Guardian, White
Complete Deluxe Bi-fold Door Lock, 2 Pack
Keyless Child Safety Locks For Patio, Closet, Shower Sliding Doors, Shutters & more | No Tools Install (4 Pack, White)

Seat Belts

Amazon: Seat Belt Buckle Guard

Alarms – Fixed

These devices will sound an alarm when a physical barrier or threshold has been crossed.

Door and Window Alarms

My Precious Kid: Door Alarms – Keypad Door Alarm

Room Motion Detector with Alarm

Amazon: Smart Caregiver Low Cost, Easy to Use, All-In-One Motion Sensor and Alarm

Room Motion Detector with Pager

Amazon: Smart Caregiver TL-5102MP Motion Sensor And Pager

Pool

Amazon: Pool Patrol PA-30 Pool Alarm
Amazon: Poolguard PGRM-2 In-Ground Pool Alarm

Alarms – Wearable

My Precious Kind: Child Locator Teddy Bear

These are examples of devices attached to the individual that alert the parent’s base unit when a short distance (30 – 150 ft.) has been exceeded. Both units sound. No GPS capability.

My Buddy Tag (Video and Website)

YouTube: Instructions on How to Use BuddyTag Wristbands
BuddyTag Website

Child “Locator” (Video and Website)

YouTube: Child Locator
My Precious Kid: Child Locator

Locators

These devices alert parents to a safe zone breech and provide GPS location ability.

Project Lifesaver: PAL or Freedom4Kids

Lockable wristwatch, smart-phone sized base unit for parent. Alert sounds when wristwatch is separated from base unit within 150 ft. or less. GPS tracking determines location. Panic button. Text and email alerts sent when out of range of base unit. Both PAL and F4K are identical, except F4K comes in colors other than black and panic button can be disabled. Product is said to report address in areas with no GPS. $299 for device/$29.99 monthly

Project Lifesaver International: PAL (Protect and Locate)

Amber Alert GPS

Pager GPS device held in holder for wrist, belt or lanyard. Texts and emails are created when entering or leaving safe zones exceeding 1,100 ft. Two-way communication. Registered sex offender alerts, speed zone alerts, breadcrumb feature automatically advises location. GPS updates every 5 minutes. APP available for monitoring. $125 for device and activation. $18 monthly.

Amber Alert GPS

Fit Belt

This expandable waist belt is an example of how identification and locators can be held on the child’s body either on or under clothing.

Amazon: Fit Belt

Feeding & Sleeping

Resources coming soon…

Science

As with other professionals in their areas of expertise, we are bound to an ethical code and professional standard. We must implement scientifically proven treatments to ensure the maximum success of our clients. It is crucial that we not waste time with ineffective treatments. It is the one thing we cannot give back in a child’s life.

There are countless treatment methods available for treating autism. How does a parent make the decision between so many methods? What guides the decision to try one treatment over another or to combine treatments? This is where the difference between science and pseudoscience becomes critical.

What matters is what helps the individual and family the most. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Claims of a cure or recovery from autism draw attention without necessarily demonstrating how improvement is measured. Whatever works is important – what works for each individual is the issue. The illusion of something working can cloud good judgment.

This education section is to address topics, interests and issues of individuals and parents of children receiving services. It is intended to offer some guidelines on treatment strategies that are able to meet the requirements of science and most importantly – effectiveness. Sections that follow will provide brief guidelines of issues of concern.

Measurement

One of the most important issues in behavior change is how we determine when treatment is working. Many successes are reported as anecdotes and are often powerful emotional statements. To truly determine if a behavior is changing and if that change is a result of treatment, you must measure the behavior.

Measuring behavior before the treatment is applied (baseline data) and comparing it to behavior during and after treatment (treatment data) is essential. It is also important to consider measuring the validity and acceptability of behavior change. A change alone does not always represent a good change, just that change was made. Crucial to ABA is the issue of social validity; that is does the change improve the quality of life for the client and those involved with the client.

Treatment

Treatment strategies range in terms of the premises behind what will change the behavior at issue. This points back to measurement to help guide how we can design a treatment that is ethical, acceptable and measurable.

This is a guideline to detecting the true effectiveness of any procedure. Does the treatment address the behavior and does the behavior change in the desired direction such that there is strong agreement that the behavior change has improved a socially significant behavior? Does the change make life better for the person receiving the treatment? Is the treatment something that can be continued in the absence of a professional; that is have we been able to teach parents and other caretakers how to use effective strategies? Treatment needs to result in improvements that will be effective in environments other than the treatment environment. This generality of treatment is one of the requirements of ABA.

A highly recommended report for parents regarding the strength of evidence for various treatments for autism can be found in the National Autism Council’s Summary Report. For an extensive review of research on treatments see http://www.nationalautismcenter.org, the National Standards project. This used to be a free service but due to high demand a fee has been implemented. The report classifies the strength of evidence into the categories of (1) Established, (2) Emerging, (3) Unestablished and (4) Ineffective/Harmful.

Intensity of Treatment

A number of studies indicate that early intervention and lots of it make a clinically significant difference. The more hours of treatment a child receives along with strategies that enable parents to use and maintain treatment increase the effectiveness compared to lesser treatment. While professional treatment can bring about significant improvements, significant changes are more likely when parents’ involvement is effective because they have been taught how to continue an effective strategy in the daily routines of their child’s life.

Additional Topics

A number of links to resources and materials have been reviewed based on the issues above so that these topics can be identified as to their potential effectiveness and parents can use their own criteria for deciding how best to help their child and improve the quality of life for their own family.

In the end it is the parents’ decision and any guidelines offered here are to help parents make the best decisions they can based on the educational information and resources presented.

Phone: (815) 223-ABES (2237)
Email: info@abesautism.com
150 Houston Street, Suite 300
Batavia, IL 60510