Self-Care & Potty Training

Using ABA to Teach Functional Self-Help Skills to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders

Using ABA to Teach Functional Self-Help Skills to Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders

Many people are confused about how to use ABA to teach functional, multi-step skills such as putting on shoes, washing hands, or setting a table. Several years ago I was consulting in a classroom and we were working with a 14 year-old girl with Down Syndrome who was minimally vocal. We were focused…


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Teaching Nose-Blowing to a Child or Adult with Autism

Experiencing a cold, allergies, or symptoms of the flu is annoying for many people. A runny or stuffy nose is especially difficult for a child or adult with autism who cannot blow his or her nose. My son, Lucas, in his late teens, had still not mastered this nose blowing skill. During one of his…


TAG teach and Autism (Teaching Shoe Tying)

A few years ago, a friend of mine asked me if I had ever heard of TAGteach. When I said that I hadn’t, she asked me if I knew anything about clicker training for animals. I was familiar with the concept of using audible markers with animals, thinking mostly of the whistle blowing at Sea World to…


No More Diapers: Using a Behavioral Approach for Toilet Training Success

As a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, I have always been interested in and comfortable with the topic of toilet training children on the autism spectrum. Chapter 11 of my book (The Verbal Behavior Approach) is dedicated to potty training and over the past decade, I have…