Some Considerations and Strategies For Students With Autism in Classroom Settings.

When creating an educational program for students with ASD, each student’s unique characteristics present unique challenges for administrators and school support staff. An effective classroom must include a physical structure that enhances learning opportunities and instructional approaches that facilitate learning, language acquisition, behavior management, social skills, and academic goals. We can apply many of the […]

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What Are the Expected Changes To The Diagnosis of Autism With The DSM-V?

The final comment period for the public to comment on the proposed changes to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder will close on June 15th, 2012. There is still time to receive and incorporate changes into the new diagnostic criteria. To date, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Team have expressed an appreciation regarding the comments […]

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Some Current Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis….Explained For Parents.

In the first Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis article in 1968, Baer and colleagues described six dimensions, of behavior analysis in this article. To facilitate your understanding of this seminal article, we suggest that you substitute the word “characteristic” for the word “dimension”. We will do so for you in the following description. They six […]

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When You Start An ABA program, What Should You Reasonably Expect From Your Service Provider?

The following are things that you should expect as a parent when you begin treatment for your child with Autism. You and your child have a right to a therapeutic environment.  This means that the teaching environment set up to help your child is one in which socially significant learning occurs.  As a client, your […]

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Some Components Of A Good ABA Program For Children With Autism.

An effective ABA program will be designed by a well qualified professional. Typically this qualified professional will have a certification stating that they have are a board certified behavior analyst, otherwise known as a BCBA. Having a BCBA certification means that this individual has meet the professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and […]

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Why Do Some ABA programs Use Basic Language When Working With Children With Autism?

We know many children with autism have difficulty understanding language. The difficulties can be subtle. For example, a child may have difficulty understanding humor. Or they may be more pronounced. That is, a child may respond to little or no language that is spoken to him or her.  Taking this fact into account, most ABA […]

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How Do Attention And Learning Rates Play A Role In A Child’s ABA Program.

Children with autism can be easily distracted and may require a high level of assistance in order to attend.  Their attention span is typically shorter than that of their typically developing peers. When this is the case, an ABA program will begin teaching concepts by breaking them down into simple teachable steps in a distraction […]

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Motivating Children With Autism

Motivation is a challenging issue for all of us. Take for example the fact that a lot of us struggle to exercise or to get to the gym regularly, even though this would make a huge difference in our health or our quality of live.  In Behavior Analysis we sometimes discuss motivation by categorizing it […]

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Demystifying Senate Bill 946.

Although the bill was signed into law on October 14th, 2011 and takes effect on July 1st, 2012, we have already heard of some misconceptions that when studying the bill don’t seem to make sense. Here is what we have heard so far. We will present the myth and then cut-and-paste parts of the bill […]

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Observational Learning And Children With Autism.

One the main deficits or obstacles to learning that many children with autism face is that of a child’s lack of observational learning skills. What is observational learning? It is learning that occurs without explicit teaching and by observing another person do something and simply doing what they do. Children with autism have difficulty learning […]

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