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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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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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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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On Target for Success: A Description of School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) is a proactive way to teach desired behaviors while systematically eliminating targeted problem behaviors through positive reinforcement and positive redirection. It is not uncommon for educators to use a more reactive approach to discipline,

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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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