Can You Predict How a 2-year-old with Autism Will Do at Age 8 or 18?

My husband (who is a physician) and I were not surprised when Lucas got the diagnosis of autism one day before his 3rd birthday in 1999 but what was shocking to both of us was that the doctor diagnosed him as having moderate to severe autism. We both thought that since Lucas had some language,…

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Is Recovery From Autism Possible?

Did you know that up to half of children diagnosed with autism can recover if they are treated very aggressively with ABA therapy when they are very young? It was first shown that kids with autism could become indistinguishable from their peers in a classic study done by Dr. Ivar Lovaas published…

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My #1 Technique to Get ANY Child Talking More!

My weekly video blogs are usually for autism professionals and parents, but I have a little secret. All the techniques I talk about work great for any child even a child without disabilities. You see all of the strategies I recommend are based on the proven science of applied behavior analysis. I…

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3 Big Autism Skills Every Child and Adult Needs!

I’ve been working with children and a few adults with autism for almost 2 decades and I had a revelation several years ago soon after I published my book—The Verbal Behavior Approach.

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Happy 21st Birthday Lucas and 5 Important Autism Lessons We Learned on Our Journey (so Far)!

In celebration of Lucas’ 21st birthday this week, in this video blog, I’m going to share 5 lessons I’ve learned that might help you! A lot of these lessons are in Chapter 12 of my best-selling book, The Verbal Behavior Approach which was published a decade ago, sold more than 50,000 copies and is…

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What’s Wrong with the Goal for Timmy to Talk In 4-Word Utterances?

In last week’s video blog, I discussed a few ABA strategies to develop first sounds and words in children with autism. Today I’m going to discuss how to expand language carefully in children who are speaking in 1 or 2 word utterances where we have echoic control meaning if we say “say ball” the…

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Using ABA Techniques to Develop First Sounds and Words in Children with Autism

As you may know, I'm an autism mom and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I am also the author of The Verbal Behavior Approach:  How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders which was published over a decade ago and is now available in 9 languages.  As a Behavior Analyst, I know that any…

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Should I Be Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Autism?

In today’s video blog, I’m going to discuss why I focus so little on teaching social skills to very young children with moderate to severe autism.

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Keeping a Child with Moderate to Severe Autism Safe

In today’s video blog, I want to talk about how to keep a child with moderate to severe autism (who has limited language abilities) safe since there are many children (and even teens, and adults) with autism who have the language and/or cognitive functioning of a young child making safety awareness…

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How to Teach a Child with Autism to Take Medicine

Today’s video blog is going to answer the question, “How do you teach a child with autism to take medication?” As you know, I'm a behavior analyst and a mom to 2 adult sons, one with autism.  Some of you may not know that I’ve also been a Registered Nurse for over 3 decades and feel that my…

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