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We recently had the privilege of attending the Iowa State University People to People Career Fair, where we met some great young people exploring career opportunities in behavioral health. This post will answer some of the most common questions we received, explore the field of 
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We’re breaking down some of the common myths and misconceptions about Autism. MYTH: Autism is a mental illness.FACT: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder developed in a child’s brain before they are born. MYTH: Everyone with Autism is the same.FACT: Autism is a 
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Everyone loves Valentine’s Day, right? The elementary memories of stressing about which Valentine to give to your classmates, which cutesy saying might not embarrass us… Our children with ASD may feel those pressures and anxieties amplified. Valentine’s Day brings multiple potential triggers for our friends 
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Winters in the Midwest are crazy, right? One week it’s 30 degrees with dry, but frozen, ground. The next we’re 15 inches deep in snow with a -32 windchill. The big question that seems to pop up every time we get snowed in is how 
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“Sensory Seekers” is a phrase used to describe those whose sensory system craves more input than the average person. It’s a common trait in children with sensory processing disorders like ASD or ADHD. Sensory-seekers are often drawn to stimuli like loud noises, bright lights, fast 
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“Elopement” is a clinical term used to describe when a child wanders off, runs away, or gets lost. It is a common behavioral challenge for children with ASD. For many families with children on the Spectrum, elopement is a major safety concern. The most common 
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Just one year after Midwest Autism & Therapy Centers (MATC) opened their first offices in Altoona and West Des Moines, MATC is expanding its presence with new center locations in Ankeny and Waukee, plus the addition of home-based therapy services. With its expansion into the 
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At its most basic, early intervention services are therapy services that occur before children reach school age and target learning during the most important developmental period of a child’s life (birth to age 3). Early intervention can take many forms and may include everything from 
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When your child receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), your next steps can seem unclear as you navigate a swirl of emotions and information from too many sources to count. What therapies and services could your child benefit from? How do you find these 
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Since its development in the 1970s, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy has grown by leaps and bounds in ethics, training, and techniques. Previously promoted as a therapy option to help children on the Autism Spectrum become “indistinguishable” from their peers, modern-day clinicians (called Behavior Analysts 
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