Author name: Morgan Ottone, RBT


Why have friends… Friendship is developmentally important! Friendship can help protect an individual against loneliness and depression. Cognition and social and emotional competence are positively impacted by friendship. Children learn from their peers through social and shared experiences. While many individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) tend to have difficulty interacting with others given …

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Understanding An Autism Diagnosis

Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects social communication, social interaction, and cognitive functioning. ASD can also present in the form of repetitive behaviors and challenges with speech and non-verbal communication. The Centers for Disease Control estimates ASD affects impacts one in 54 children with males being four times more likely to receive a diagnosis.   Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorders is a spectrum disorder because each individual with …

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Is Your Child Receiving An FBA? What Is That?

An FBA is a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). An FBA helps to identify challenging behaviors and then determine what replacement behaviors can be taught that are socially appropriate. Parents, therapists, other service providers, and teachers can request an FBA. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) conducts the FBA. The BCBA will typically work to conduct the …

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What is Building Rapport?

When first starting Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sessions, or if there are any changes in service providers, you should hear your Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Registered Behavior Technician (RBT- aka. your behavior therapist) talk about “building rapport”. Building rapport is also referred to as pairing. This is important for BCBA’s, RBT’s, and parents to …

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