Lianna Steinheuser

My toddler: “When are we going to Sesame Place?” “Can we go on the swing?” “Can we go somewhere?” “Mama, think about it!” You want to get your child (and maybe even yourself) out of the house, but what can you do? Everything is closed…even playgrounds. Of course there’s the usual outdoor sports and bike…

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Do you find yourself wondering why your child with autism can imitate what people say but seldom talks on their own? Mand training which uses incidental teaching along with prompt fading can teach children to say more when requesting items they want.  Why start with requests? Language is difficult for many people on the autism…

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A common behavior among children, especially toddlers, is the dreaded tantrum. The screaming, the yelling, the flopping to the floor, all because you said “No” or asked them to do something nonpreferred. Sound familiar? Many children go through a phase of rigidity and attempt to take control of their environment. As children develop, their behavior…

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“I’ll be right there!” “Mommy will play in a minute.” “I just need to do one more thing.” Sound familiar? Or maybe it’s just me? I find my own behavior is the most difficult for me to change. When starting services with a new client, some of the first things I do is start a…

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While we are stuck inside, you are probably filling the role of your child’s teacher and possibly ABA therapist. Here are some tips for teaching receptive and expressive identification of objects. What is expressive and receptive language? Expressive language is speaking and receptive language is understanding others speaking. So for example, if you hold a…

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Do you find yourself wondering why your child with autism can imitate what people say but seldom talks on their own? Mand training which uses incidental teaching along with prompt fading can teach children to say more when requesting items they want.    Why start with requests? Language is difficult for many people on the…

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During this time when we are forced to stay home, let’s try to make the most of it.  This is a great opportunity to get parents involved. Providing telehealth services gives ABA practitioners the opportunity to see the client with his family from a distance. After a remote session has begun, ask the parent to…

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Are the type of prompts used when teaching skills important? Absolutely! It may not seem like a big deal. You present a prompt and the learner performs the skill correctly. So what’s the harm in that? Prompts are meant to be an instructional tool. They should be used to teach correct responding and then faded…

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We are all trying to find ways to navigate the COVID-19 virus/coronavirus outbreak. Discussing this with your children and trying to keep them calm can be challenging. Below is a list of resources to help you have those difficult conversations about COVID-19 virus/coronavirus.  (Please preview prior to showing your children)  Nasp Online  CDC  NCTSN PBS …

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Are you constantly yelling at your kids? Do you find yourself reminding them over and over again to stop doing things they shouldn’t be doing? Try ignoring! Now I know this is easier said than done so read on for some helpful tips. Truly ignore the behavior. This means, don’t say anything. Also don’t make…

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Do these thoughts ever cross your mind: Why won’t my kids listen? Why do I constantly have to yell at my kids? Why are my kids so bad? Yes? Try using behavior-specific praise. It can be super powerful. If your kid does something good, praise them for it. Mention praise along with specifically what you…

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Consistency greatly impacts our effectiveness as behavior analysts. Getting the family of the client to buy in to our interventions can be challenging but necessary for most clients. Sure, some learners acquire the skill of behaving or responding in a certain way in our presence, but if it doesn’t generalize to outside our session, does…

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