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…

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 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. …