How to Help Family and Friends Build Relationships With Your ASD Child
By Lora Polakow

As written for Autism Parenting Magazine, Issue 95

Author: Erica Crowley, BCBA, is the Manager at Invo Behavior and Therapy Services' Belfort Oaks Therapy Center in Jacksonville, Florida. (Invo is a sister-company to Engage Behavioral Health.)


Parents often worry that friends and extended family don’t spend enough time getting to know their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and tend to overlook them at gatherings and parties.

Many adults aren’t sure how to engage with a child who isn’t verbal or doesn’t respond to social cues. They might be uncomfortable when a child vocalizes, jumps or flaps his/her arms. As a result, adults often focus on neurotypical kids...

Back to School Tips For Children With Autism
By Julius Odtojan


Going back to school for children with autism doesn’t have to be a challenge.

By Mike Camunas, Engage Behavioral Health Marketing Manager

Every year at this time, like an annual rite of passage, it’s the first day of the new school year! Kids — donning new back packs and lunch boxes and fresh school clothes — pose for the parents’ “First Day” photos and head off to meet possibly new friends and a new teacher(s).

Of course, this could be tough for any student, but it can be especially challenging for children and preteens with autism or who might be on the autism spectrum. However, with the right preparation and support, a child with autism can easily ...

Engage Behavioral Health Founder and CEO, Jennifer Phelps, named a Tampa Bay Business Journal 2017 Businesswoman of the Year finalist
By Julius Odtojan


TAMPA, Fla. — Jennifer Phelps M.S., BCBA has always seen growth as success, especially for individual clients and their respective families.

Now, her own success as a businesswoman has resulted in exponential growth of her company, Engage Behavioral Health, which specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for autistic children.

The company’s exceptional growth has not gone unnoticed, as Jennifer has been named a Tampa Bay Business Journal 2017 Businesswoman of the Year finalist, one of 52 local business women to receive the honor.

Founder and CEO, Jennifer Phelps.
“It is a truly humbling honor to be considered for this award with so many other impressive and worthy...

The Importance of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI)
By Julius Odtojan

Families who receive an autism diagnosis often experience a variety of emotions that range from fear to relief to uncertainty. For most families, this is the first time they are learning about the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) as well as the treatment options. One of the most frequently recommended treatments for ASD, and one that has been endorsed by the US Surgeon General among other medical and therapeutic organizations, is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). There is a general consensus within the scientific community that early intervention for developmental delays is critical, and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) is an important component of comprehensi...

Strategies to Limit Your Child’s Challenging Behavior During Summer Break
By Julius Odtojan


SSummer break can be a difficult time for many families of children with disabilities. The regular structure and routines of the school year are disrupted, sometimes resulting in the emergence of challenging behaviors. Fortunately, there are some strategies families can implement to ease this transition and make summer break more enjoyable for everyone! One way to prevent some of this change-related challenging behavior is to keep some routines or schedules the same. For example, families may find that maintaining a consistent bedtime schedule and routine is a good antecedent strategy. Another important component of a child’s routine is often his or her therapy schedule. Individual ...