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The Value of Antecedent Interventions to Prevent Problem Behaviors

Here’s a common question: “What should I do when my student/child  ________ (fill in the blank with your favorite problem behavior)?” It is human nature to think that there is some consequence that can be administered to stop problem behavior

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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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Don’t Just Speak, Communicate!

Over the last several years, I have worked with individuals with ASD ranging from children to adults. It is amazing how very different each case is, even though the diagnoses are the same. However, one thing that is consistent across

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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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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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