Early Learners

Teaching Non-Vocal and Minimally Vocal Children with Autism

For children who do not yet speak, I usually recommend teaching 3-5 signs at a time and to teach these signs as mands first. Many of these signed mands will need hundreds of practice trials before a child will be able to request an item using a sign without assistance. Careful prompting and prompt…


Mia’s Journey with the Verbal Behavior Approach

Mia’s Journey with the Verbal Behavior Approach

I have series of YouTube clips that may make getting started with the Verbal Behavior Approach a little easier for both parents and professionals! There are three short (6-8 minute) YouTube clips on the assessment and beginning ABA/VB intervention for Mia, a 2 year old girl I diagnosed with…


Pairing with Reinforcement

Pairing with Reinforcement: The First Step to Teaching Students with Autism

For all adults and children, including students with autism, when you see problem behavior (crying, whining, hitting, biting, flopping to the ground, etc.), the demands are almost always too high and/or the reinforcement is too low. If the child is displaying problem behaviors when the parent…