Report by CDC, Autism May Affect 1 in 45 American children.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics said that as of 2014, some 2.24 percent of American kids had received a diagnosis on the spectrum.  “The estimated prevalence of ASD based on 2014 data  was 2.24%, a significant increase from the estimated annualized prevalence of 1.25% based on 2011–2013 data. In contrast, the prevalence of other DD declined significantly from 4.84% based on 2011–2013 data to 3.57% based on 2014 data.”  Continue reading →

Sesame Street has a New Friend

Sesame Street Workshop is introducing a new character named Julia, a preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently when playing with her friends. Check out the new additions to the Sesame Street Website: sesame street by Marybeth Nelson

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Reminder: Step-in Autism Services of Alaska’s 5 Year Anniversary BBQ is Saturday Afternoon, 1-3 PM

Please join us at Step-In to celebrate our 5th anniversary and visit our new facility.

We are having an Open House this Saturday at 1-3 pm with a celebratory BBQ in honor of 5 years serving Fairbanks.  All our current, past, and wait list clients are invited to come and enjoy some good food and company.  Please RSVP to reserve your spot by calling 907-374-7001.

new buildingWe love our new space on Geraghty, across the street from our old office location, one block north of Airport Way and one half block east of University Ave.

You may also find the phone number and a map to the office on the website: STEPINAUTISM.COM.

Hope to see you all on Saturday!

“STARTING EARLY” A Free Seminar for Parents, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Step-in Autism Services of Alaska is hosting a FREE training event for parents with family members on the autism spectrum entitled “STARTING EARLY.”  The best time to start working with your child with autism is at birth. There are activities that parents can and should do with ALL children as early as possible. teacher cartoon

Linda Robertson, M.Ed., BCBA, will outline activities that are appropriate for children from birth through early childhood that will encourage more typical development and enrichment for all children of this age.

This presentation will be held SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, at 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in the new Step-in office located at 3568 GERAGHTY AVENUE which is one block north of Airport Way and one half block east of University Ave.  Seating is limited, so please call 907-374-7001 to reserve your seat today.

You may also find the phone number and a map to their office on the website: STEPINAUTISM.COM.

UAF is Seeking a Wee Volunteer

WeePosterFairbanks’ local university has begun the process of researching the use of robots for working with children with Autism. The first study to be launched is looking at joint attention using a NAO Robot, Wee. Although this project is not directly related to ABA, UAF has been supportive in their collaboration with Step-in Autism Services of Alaska and in their continued efforts to positively impact children with Autism in our community.

Participation is entirely voluntary. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Excerpt from the flyer: Are you or someone you know

  • Age 5-12 and experiences Autism
  • Interested in participating in a study to see if spending time with wee makes changes in instances of sharing attention to a person or object
  • Available to participate in a study in fall 2015

Wee will tell stories and ask questions about how characters are feeling.
Please contact us with any questions! Elizabeth Smith: or Dr. Joanne Healy:

If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject, please contact the research coordinator in the office of research integrity at 474-7800 (Fairbanks area) or 1-866-876-7800 (outside the Fairbanks area) or

Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM

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Announcing Team Sports for Children on the Autism Spectrum


Who wants to start a running club for kiddos with Autism in Fairbanks? Next summer Step-in Autism Services of Alaska is planning to do a team sports group if anyone is interested in coaching or volunteering.  If you have any interest in this activity, please contact our office at 907-374-7001.

How to Get Your Child to Fall Asleep, Courtesy Repost

Several of our clients have sleep disturbances. Alaska also poses its own difficulties for sleeping. Changing sleep behaviors takes a lot of patience and consistency. It can also take the assistance of a physician at times. This link offers some behavioral based strategies. At Step-in, we are happy to help set up and follow through a combination of these strategies with you. Happy reading and happy sleeping.

Courtesy repost: How to Get Your Child to Fall Asleep, By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D, Founding Editor,

In a recent Huffington Post article, Sarah Kupferschmidt, M.A., BCBA provided four simple tips for parents Continue reading →

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