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…

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…

The Honey Effect

The Untapped Power of the Parent in ABA I remember when my son was younger, I carried around his all time favorite treat in my purse.  Before unpacking him from his car seat, I’d show him the treat and talk about what I needed “Walking Next To Mommy; Listening the first time when mommy gives…

The Magic is not in Play. It’s in the Teaching.

Why Teaching Play is important at all levels Yesterday after presents were opened, I watched my daughter look at her play kitchen and happily place and stack items in different compartments.  This was her basic play interaction and fascination with a new toy.  But, as I watched, I realized (again) that play is not magical. …