Lianna Steinheuser

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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Do you find yourself thinking this about your child? If so, here are some things that can help. Antecedent interventions, or things you can do to prior to the tantrum occurring, can be very effective at preventing the disruptive behavior. Instead of being reactive, you can prevent it all together. There is a reason the…

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Generalization is an extremely important aspect of ABA intervention. People with autism don’t consistently generalize skills, and therefore we need to actively program for the generalization of skills from training to non training conditions. There are two important factors when considering the generalization of a skill: how will I promote or facilitate generalization during teaching,…

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When discussing motivational systems in the field of ABA there are differing views out there. I have heard comments like these more often than I would like: ”But he doesn’t NEED a motivational system” and “He isn’t READY for tokens.” My response is typically, “Why do you go to work?” Do you work for free?”…

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Holidays are a joyous time to spend with families. But for families of someone with an autism diagnosis, this time may be challenging. With holidays come crowded gatherings, schedule changes, and unpredictable events all which may be difficult for people with autism to handle. How can all members of your family participate in holiday festivities?…

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