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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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Standards Based Instruction Should Not Prevent the Use of Differentiated Instruction

When I talk to teachers about using differentiated instruction and assessment when including students with ASD and other disabilities in their classrooms, I often hear that they wish they could teach that way but with the emphasis on teaching the

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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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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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“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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Bring ABA into Inclusive Classrooms Instead of Sending Students with ASD to ABA Schools and Programs

One of my main priorities in my career is to help educators and caregivers learn how to design meaningful ABA interventions that can be implemented within everyday home, school, and community routines.  More and more special schools (segregated settings) for

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ABA 101: An Overview of Applied Behavior Analysis

The science of behavior analysis studies how the environment can be manipulated to change behaviors (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007).  The theories of applied behavior analysis (ABA) were developed to improve human behavior through directly implementing the principles of behaviorism

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