Autism

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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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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Did you know that it is unethical to delay an autism diagnosis (ASD) (Dillenburger, 2019)? There is more and more research emphasizing the importance of early diagnosis. This is because when early diagnosis occurs treatment is implemented immediately. Applied behavior analysis manipulates the environmental contingencies to produce meaningful and desirable outcomes in the lives of…

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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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When most families receive an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis they start accessing services through the state run Early Intervention System. Did you know that early intervention (EI) services are different than Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and therefore, your child might not be receiving the highest quality care? Some individuals that implement Early Intervention services…

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Take a deep breath. Your child is amazing. Nothing about your child has changed. They are still the same adorable kid as when they walked into the doctor’s office. The term ‘autism’ often has a scary connotation. That is not reality. Many individuals with autism go on to lead fulfilling, meaningful lives.  This diagnosis has…

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