Making a Case for Communication

When a Learner Comes into Therapy saying “More” what do we do about it in ABA? As a therapist that wants extended and specific vocabulary, “more” is not the way to go.  Why?  Because when neurotypicals say “more”…the environment wants to ask “more what?”   There is a whole line of factual research that supports teaching…

Social Skills and the Things We Do to Thwart their Progress in Therapy

I love social skills. I appreciate teaching social communication and seeing brain sparks fly in the twinkling of eyes of little and big people alike…when they get that they don’t have to so polite. There are some things we do when we work on social skills as therapists that further hinder our client’s ability to…

Let’s move away from these words.

#BeDifferent #EmpowerFamilies Here is a news flash.  Words matter. A few weeks ago, I was at the healthclub using the childcare to take care of some paperwork.  I overheard two women discussing autism.  My first thought…this word is either increasing in social significance for everyone OR it’s following me. Well more people joined the conversation,…

Being The Hype Man(Woman) While Teaching Learners with Autism

Or the importance of sweating while working A BCBA I once worked with often stated while training “If you are not sweating; you are not working hard enough.”  It’s a phrase I carry with me and use often when observing behavior technicians in treatment programs.  I now train the trainers with this mindset so that…

Trying to Be Understood with Apraxia

Working Toward Speech Intelligibility and the work involved This week I had the chance to meet with several professionals…to be honest some wanted to work with me and some did not.  Because I have been there, I understand perfectly.  I started the conversation(s) with “Let’s begin with the fact that everyone wants to do their…

See with Your Heart. Listen with your Eyes.

Building Your Parent-Que and Parent Resiliency Yesterday I spoke with a good friend who applauded my efforts and follow-through when my child explained a unfortunate (and sadly repeated incident) that happened to him at his preschool.  While I am still “soft” when it comes to remembering and pulling together different resources to support my child…

Do You See What I See?

Changing our Message to Parents to Celebrate the Incremental Steps and Maintain Big Picture Thinking One of my favorite songs has the choral line “Do You See What I See?  Do You Know What I Know?”  Last Saturday, we began our Saturday ABA School for early learners in our Michigan location.  It was busy.  We…

The BCBA as the Chief Engineer

In full disclosure, I am the daughter of an engineer.   I am married to an engineer.  And the way things are going, my son and daughter will probably turn out to be engineers. When I listen to families discuss the need to want direct therapy from the BCBA only, I fully understand the discussion and…

Changing the Face of ABA

It’s scary setting out on your own, but know what is scarier? Continuing to work for an agency that you don’t believe in.

I was brought into the world of ABA by Momentum’s founder and partner, Landria Green. She and I met back in 2014 shortly after both of us found ourselves re-located to Michigan, separately. Together, we found that we shared vision.

10 Lessons from Cars 3 for ABA Therapy

What Cars 3 Teaches Families about Beginning (again) with ABA Therapy I have watched Cars 1, Cars 2, Cars 3 more times than I will admit.  It’s a thing in my house right now.  Yesterday, I saw my five year old meditating with the mantra from the movie “I am Speed.  I eat losers for…