Monthly Archives: August 2012

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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Building Internal Motivation for Children with ASD

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say, “What does the child work for?” When that question is asked it tells me one thing: Whoever is asking the question has no intention of building internal motivation when

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Beware of the Color Chart! Use Supportive Consequences Instead!

While the use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is becoming more widespread in public schools across the nation, teachers are still struggling with how to deliver “consequences” for inappropriate behavior.  I often hear things such as, “I do

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Help Your Students Learn by Learning About Your Students

As a new school year is about to begin, teachers are busy writing welcome letters and lesson plans. But how many teachers are taking the time to really get to know their students? Every great lesson begins with an assessment.

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Please Step Away From the Child! The Misuse of Paraprofessionals in Inclusive Classrooms.

I may upset a few parents with this post, but just know that I what I am about to say is the best interest of your children.  Many, many, many (did I say many?) parents insist that their children with

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Inclusion Essentials for Students with ASD

My book, Bringing ABA into Your Inclusive Classroom, provides educators with a framework for designing ABA interventions that can be implemented in general education classrooms to meet the unique needs of students with ASD.  However, I view the ABA interventions

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