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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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