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Friendship

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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What Can You Expect When A Behavior Program is Starting for Your Child

So as a parent, you have finally worked your way through all the steps required by your school agency or insurance company to have the intake evaluation completed and you are waiting for behavioral health services to begin, but you do not know what to expect. What will be in the program? How often will your …

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Premack Principle – A tool to help your kids to start or finish an activity

Premack Principle is a useful tool that can be used by teachers, parents, or anyone teaching a skill when you are having difficulty creating the positive behavior momentum to motivate the child/adolescent. Premack Principle involves sequencing a preferred activity after a less or non-preferred activity to reinforce the effort that the child puts in completing …

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Motivate

Motivating Operations and how to use them to increase the value of reinforcers

Motivating operations are environmental variables that either increase or decrease the value of a stimulus, object, or event as reinforcement.   If the motivating operation increases the value of something, then this is part of establishing a behavior pattern or new skill. If it decreases the value of something, then it will serve to decrease a behavior.   Let’s …

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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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Using High-Probability Requests to Gain Compliance for Non-Preferred Activities

As parents, instructors and service providers, we have all faced instances of working with someone who is engaging in undesired/non-compliant behavior and despite how much we push, the individual does not follow through with the task demand. One approach to address this pattern of behavior it to use a high-probability request sequence. A high-probability (high-p) …

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