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Hitting the Right Notes, Music Therapy and Autism

Music Therapy for children on the autism spectrum is becoming more and more popular. Owner of Dynamic Lynks, Alyssa Wilkins, MT/ BC (Music Therapist/Board Certified) shared information with BY YOUR SIDE on advantages of Music Therapy and how it helps children on the spectrum. She has a lot to say about Read More

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Holiday Fun in the Kitchen with Kids!

Holidays bring families together for fun, entertainment and cooking. This time of the year includes some of our favorite meals, and family recipes. Here are some tips when cooking with your child on the autism spectrum. Read More

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Autism and Insurance Coverage, A Chat With Matt, our Insurance Guru

Working with Insurance companies while getting autism treatment for your child can be complex. Yet, understanding some basic fundamentals will help you tremendously. Matt Croke, Billing Manager at BY YOUR SIDE took some time to answer questions about Read More

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Keeping Your Child and Family Fit

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. In this era of video games, iPads, social media, and more “sit on the couch” activities, it is difficult to get kids to go outside and play. This is why being more intentional about keeping children active, is very important. Here are some tips to get up and go! Read More

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Advice from a Hairstylist: Taking Your Special Needs Child for a Haircut

Many salons now have stylists with special training for children on the spectrum. Co-Manager and Stylist Angela Rodriguez of KidSnips shared information with BY YOUR SIDE on the preparation, methods and tips that make hair care easier, even fun. Read More

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Tips for Summer Road Trips with the Kids

A few ways to combat the challenges of a summer road trip include great preparation, timing your trip just right, and making a comfortable environment in the car with your child’s favorite things. Read More


Careers in Therapy-ABA Therapy at BY YOUR SIDE

So, what’s it actually like to be an ABA therapist at BY YOUR SIDE? We’ve asked 3 of our ABA Therapists to shed some light on this rewarding role by answering a couple questions each. Read More

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Careers in Therapy-Speech Therapy at BY YOUR SIDE

Speech language pathologists, or SLPs, play an important role in helping children with communication issues such as conversation, non-verbal communication and concept skills. At BY YOUR SIDE, we are very fortunate to have several SLPs at both our Burr Ridge and Schaumburg centers who are highly skilled and very dedicated to helping our kids with skills that will be with them for the rest of their lives. Read More


5 Tips for Holiday Shopping With Children on the Autism Spectrum

During the holiday season, malls are decorated with bright colorful lights, trees, Santas, elves and more. While festive, this can be over stimulating for children on the spectrum. Here are some suggestions for making shopping more fun and comfortable for you and your child on the autism spectrum. Read More


Halloween Fun with BY YOUR SIDE

Halloween can be a challenge if you have a child on the autism spectrum. Some parts of the holiday can be overwhelming and scary when your child doesn’t understand or feel in control. The most popular activities such as trick or treating, projects, parties, and wearing costumes can be easier for them to enjoy with a few preparationsRead More


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