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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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