Yearly Archives: 2012

Token Economies: Examples of Class-Wide and Individual Token Economies for Inclusive Settings

Token economies can be effective strategies to use when modifying the behavior of an individual or group of students. There are countless forms that a token economy can take. In a class-wide system, a token economy might look like a

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“Mind Blindness?” I Don’t Think So: Thinking Differently About Theory of Mind and ASD

It has been well documented in the literature that individuals with ASD have impairments with what it called “theory of mind.”  Basically, theory of mind refers to the ability to take the perspective of other people, or to see things

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Don’t Just Speak, Communicate!

Over the last several years, I have worked with individuals with ASD ranging from children to adults. It is amazing how very different each case is, even though the diagnoses are the same. However, one thing that is consistent across

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Using Ecological Assessments to Set Meaningful Goals for ABA Interventions

When professionals develop ABA intervention programs for students with ASD and other disabilities, they use many different approaches when selecting goals.  Some use criterion-referenced assessment tools such as the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (The ABLLS-R) or

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Standards Based Instruction Should Not Prevent the Use of Differentiated Instruction

When I talk to teachers about using differentiated instruction and assessment when including students with ASD and other disabilities in their classrooms, I often hear that they wish they could teach that way but with the emphasis on teaching the

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First Things First: Initial Goals to Target When Beginning an ABA Intervention Program for Young Children with ASD

I remember when I first start working as a discrete trial training therapist back in the 90’s, the first goals for the children I worked with were teaching the child, “Look at me,” “Sit down,” “Stand up,” “Come here,” “Give

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Embedding an ABA Intervention During Read Aloud

In school settings, it is important to plan ways to embed ABA interventions into as many different instructional and non-instructional activities as possible (as opposed to implementing the intervention in isolation).  I will give you an example for how an

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Raising the Bar

I recently had the opportunity to hear Ron Clark speak. If you don’t know anything about Ron Clark, he is teacher who has changed the lives of low achieving students by setting high expectations and teaching lessons that appeal to

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Have Special Educators Given Up on Inclusion?

When it comes to including kids with autism spectrum disorders (and other kids with disabilities for that matter), we have a ton of work to do.  It seems to me that because of the challenges that arise, special educators are

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Quiet Hands???

Many teachers and parents use the term “quiet hands” with children with ASD to teach them to refrain from flapping their hands or engaging in other self-stimulatory behavior with their hands. We would like to encourage readers to rethink that

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