PANDAS/PANS and Autism: The Need to Knows

Today, I'd like to talk to you about PANDAS and PANS, and how it might relate to children with autism. Back in June of 2004, Lucas (my son with moderate to severe autism) was six years old and all of a sudden, he woke up one morning with motor tics. The first day I noticed it, it was a really…

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Getting Kids with Autism to Like (or Love) Table Time

I’m a big proponent of table time even for toddlers. Most early intervention professionals and behavior analysts recommend more natural environment teaching methods for young children with autism. But I have found the quicker we can get a child sitting at a table to learn, the better he or she will…

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Which is Better ABA or Verbal Behavior?

I'm Dr. Mary Barbera, Autism Mom, Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, and author of the book, The Verbal Behavior Approach: How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders, which was published in 2007 and is now available in 10 languages.

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How ABA Principles Can Help Your Marriage

The last few weeks, I've covered some book that have made a positive impact on my life, and this week, I'd like to talk about another book, "What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage" by Amy Sutherland.

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Do you think like a Behavior Analyst?

The last two weeks, I talked about two different books by Dr. Glenn Latham. This week, continuing on talking about books that have made a positive impact on my life, I’d like to tell you about a book called “How to Think like a Behavior Analyst,” by Dr. Jon Bailey and Mary Burch. This book was…

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When My 5th Grader Got Detention, I Sent His Teacher This Book

In last week’s video blog I talked about Dr. Glenn Latham and his awesome book positive parenting written in 1990 which has helped me an other parents with both kids with and without special needs. This week I want to tell you about another book by Dr. Glenn Latham called Behind the Schoolhouse…

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Do You Ever Feel Like a Crappy Parent?

I became a BCBA in 2003 as my two sons entered early elementary school. Until then I was pretty much just winging it as a parent. As you probably know if you have been listening to my video blogs for a few months, my oldest son Lucas has moderate to severe autism so I started learning about ABA…

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Ditching the Pacifier or Bottle in 6 Easy Steps

When Lucas was a baby, he was addicted to his pacifier. Since becoming a behavior analyst in 2003 I’ve seen tons of kids who are equally addicted to pacifiers and also kids who have major problems weaning from a bottle. When I see parents with toddlers who have pacifiers in their mouths or drinking…

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2 Decades in the Autism World and Not Many Positive Changes to Report

A few months ago I did a keynote presentation in Australia where I had the privilege of presenting the lessons I’ve learned on my personal and professional journey with autism.  At the end of day I also participated in a panel presentation where I was asked a question something like this: "After…

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My Verbal Behavior Approach Book is 10 Years Old: 5 Things I Learned

I never had a goal to write a book.  It happened mostly by accident.  As you may know I fell into the autism world in 1999 when my first-born son, Lucas was diagnosed with autism one day before his third birthday.  I then became a Behavior Analyst in 2003 and started focusing most of my work on…

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