Yearly Archives: 2012

5 Tips for Successful Play Dates

Play dates are a “normal” part of childhood for most children. However, it can difficult to plan play dates if your child has ASD or other disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities may shy away from the idea of hosting

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Dealing With Severe Non-Compliance with Students with ASD

I am often asked to help teachers figure out what to do when a student with ASD is displaying extreme non-compliance behaviors.  The situations are typically described like this: Whenever the student is asked to engage in any schoolwork, the

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Dear Kids with Autism, Prompt Dependency is Not Your Fault

I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard teachers say, “This child is so prompt-dependent!”  They say it as if to imply it is the child’s fault, and it is a nuisance to have to deal with a child who

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“Let’s Go Potty!” A Three-Phase Teaching Procedure for the Initial Stages of Toilet Training

Caregivers and teachers of children with ASD and other disabilities are always looking for helpful hints on toilet training. Truthfully, there are multiple skills that must be taught to fully toilet train a child. This reading will provide a description

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Wait! Don’t Prompt Just Yet…Try Modeling/Request Imitation First!

Prompting/fading procedures are used extremely often when implementing ABA interventions with individuals with ASD.  When used correctly, and the fading procedures are systematic, this strategy is quite effective.  However, it should not be the first plan of action in many

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Green Eggs and Ham Again???? Sure! Repeated Readings are Beneficial for Children with ASD

Does your child with ASD always want you to read the same books over and over again?  If so, go ahead and keep reading them.  You may think that this is a perseveration that you have to stop, but the

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Positively ABA: The Relationship Between Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Applied Behavior Analysis

Over the last two decades, research on positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) has exploded. Schools across the nation are implementing school-wide PBIS programs, and the results indicate a drastic decrease in problem behaviors in students with and without disabilities

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Bring ABA into Inclusive Classrooms Instead of Sending Students with ASD to ABA Schools and Programs

One of my main priorities in my career is to help educators and caregivers learn how to design meaningful ABA interventions that can be implemented within everyday home, school, and community routines.  More and more special schools (segregated settings) for

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ABA 101: An Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis

The science of behavior analysis studies how the environment can be manipulated to change behaviors (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007).  The theories of applied behavior analysis (ABA) were developed to improve human behavior through directly implementing the principles of behaviorism

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