Thinking About Medication for your Child? An ABA Approach to Med Management

Medications- ABA Therapy

Let me preface this article with two disclaimers. The first is that I am not a medical doctor. I am not the person to give advice on specific pharmacological treatments. The second is that I am not anti-medication. I know from direct experience that pharmacological interventions can be life-changing and — literally — life-saving for […]

Just Do It! Build Community Integration Skills in Kids with Autism

Community Life Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being a valued and contributing member of society. Being recognized and appreciated for your gifts, whatever they might be, is important […]

Hire the Ideal ABA Tutor – Eliminate Barriers to Success

ABA Tutor

Is your child getting what they need from their ABA therapy?  Do you find yourself with a new tutor every couple of months? Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) is the science of human behavior.  ABA is a therapeutic process of applying interventions based on the principle of learning theory with a goal of improving socially significant […]

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Reinforce!!!


I talk about reinforcement in virtually every article I write. I figured it was time then that I write a posting devoted to reinforcement: what it is, why it’s important, how to do it. What Exactly is Reinforcement? Reinforcement can be thought of as a behavioural term for reward. Technically, reinforcement is defined by its […]

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5 Things You Should Be Doing–But Aren’t–to Enhance Your ABA Program


Recently I had lunch with my friend Jess. It was good to see her, as always. Jess and I have known each other for years. We worked together at a clinical center that specialized in autism. Maybe because she was a parent of a child with autism as well as a professional in the field, […]

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Back to School! ABA-Based Tips for Success


Ah, September. The lovely, relaxing days of summer come to an end, and we go back to the hustle and bustle of the school year. The pace of September can be stressful for kids and parents alike, and the demands of a suddenly busy schedule can feel very overwhelming for the entire family. A successful […]

Please, Please, Please, Stop Hurting Yourself! Using ABA to Address Self Injurious Behavior (SIB)

self-injurious behavior

Tyler picks his nails until they bleed. Grace has a big bald spot on the top of her head from pulling out her hair. Giorgio bangs his head on the floor or ground so hard that he has lost consciousness. Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is one of the most alarming behaviors to see in a child. […]

7 Practical Tips for an Effective ABA Program


Setting up a home-based ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy program is no easy task. Even if your home-based program is smaller-scale—say, something you’re putting in place just to supplement what your child is learning at school or in a treatment program—you’re suddenly taking on the role of clinician and employer, all within your own home! […]

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA): What IS It, Really?


Sometimes parents tell me they want to start doing ABA with their child, and I always tell them the same thing: you already are. And not just with your child, but with your significant other, your boss, your best friend, your barista, your mailman, and pretty much everyone else that crosses your path. The Treatment […]

Look at My Eyes: Giveaway and Special Showcase


I had the pleasure of “meeting” TheFowler4, Melanie and Seth Fowler, parents of two children, one of whom has autism. Melanie and Seth maintain Look at My Eyes, their blog that addresses “scientifically proven effective methods” for treating autism. I now have the pleasure of reviewing their new book,Look at My Eyes: Autism Spectrum Disorders: […]

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