Video Blog

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Part 2: The Second Step in Tackling Any Problem Behavior

Last week I discussed the first step to tackle any problem behavior and that was to fully assess the whole child and accurately describe the problem behavior.  If you haven’t watched that video blog, you may want to do that first. After assessment and a really good description of what the problem…


The First Step to Tackling ANY Problem Behavior

I did a survey a few years ago as I was creating my first online course and 300 autism professionals and parents responded within a week. They told me that their #1 challenge by far, hands down, was handling problem behavior. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level, I have…


Should We Use Non-Verbal or Non-Vocal?

It’s been almost 2 decades since my first-born son, Lucas starting showing signs of autism at the age of 21 months and that’s when my husband, Charles (who is a Emergency Medicine physician) first mentioned the possibility of autism. I was horrified at the thought of an autism diagnosis and in…


Should We Use Non-Verbal or Non-Vocal?

It’s been almost 2 decades since my first-born son, Lucas starting showing signs of autism at the age of 21 months and that’s when my husband, Charles (who is a Emergency Medicine physician) first mentioned the possibility of autism. I was horrified at the thought of an autism diagnosis and in…