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…

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…

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. …