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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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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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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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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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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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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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