Yearly Archives: 2012

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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What Do I Do With This Token?: Five Tips for Token Economies

As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continues to skyrocket, educators and caregivers are searching for strategies that will help these individuals have success in inclusive settings. A great deal of today’s research focuses on positive

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“Don’t Give Me Crumbs; It’s Not Nice To Do To People!”

While one of the most effective methods for teaching children with ASD is using discrete trials, I can’t stress enough the importance of naturalizing our teaching and reinforcement procedures.  For readers who may not know what I mean when I

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On Target for Success: A Description of School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) is a proactive way to teach desired behaviors while systematically eliminating targeted problem behaviors through positive reinforcement and positive redirection. It is not uncommon for educators to use a more reactive approach to discipline,

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Teaching Independent Employment Skills Using Modified Social Stories and Video Self Modeling

Jennifer Rodecki recently conducted an action research study using video self-modeling with three middle school students with moderate-severe autism to teach them to perform new skills independently.  She used a tiered intervention approach in which she first used a modified

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User-Friendly Data Collection for Natural Environment ABA Interventions

When implementing ABA interventions in natural contexts, data collection can be challenging if you do not have a variety of user-friendly data collection tools at your fingertips.  In traditional 1:1 ABA therapy, percentage data is the most widely used data

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