treating high functional autism

High Functioning Autism: Can the Verbal Behavior Approach Help?

High Functioning Autism: Can the Verbal Behavior Approach Help? A friend of mine, who is a teacher, recently asked me, “would a kindergarten student who is on the autism spectrum with severe tantrum behaviors, but has strong academic skills, be a good candidate for verbal behavior? We have a…

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Receptive Identification

Receptive Identification & Receptive Language Skills for Kids with Autism

Receptive Identification & Receptive Language Skills for Kids with Autism A lot of children with autism or signs of autism get stuck when it comes to learning receptive language abilities, such as touching body parts or touching a banana out of several pictures. I got a lot of really great…

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Autism Video Modeling

Autism Video Modeling Video modeling is a powerful, evidence-based tool that can help children learn to talk. I had a client who I’m going to talk to you about whose name is Kurt and he went from having 10 words in two hours to having a hundred words in two hours using this powerful tool:…

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Autism Data Collection Method: Calendars

I know as both a parent of a child with autism - as well as a medical professional and a behavior analyst - how confusing problem behaviors are in children with autism. There are a lot of things going on when your child is newly diagnosed or having unusual problem behaviors. Especially if it…

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Speech Articulation Problems in Kids with Autism

Speech Articulation Problems in Kids with Autism Speech articulation problems in children with or without autism can be affected by their feeding, drinking, and other oral motor habits. By adjusting some of these habits, you can get better speech development and articulation in many of your…

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Prompt Fading in Children with Autism

Prompt Fading in Children with Autism Many kids with autism or signs of autism are prompt dependent. But it’s not the child’s fault as prompt dependency is caused by well-meaning adults who are trying to help the child gain skills, but not necessarily fading prompts quick enough. This…

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Getting an ABA Program Started

There are lots of ways to try to educate yourself as a parent or professional on the principles of an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. For professionals, bringing in a knowledgeable speaker on the topic of ABA is probably the most common way to begin. This can often “jump-start” enthusiasm…

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Is Your Child Not Responding to Their Name? Here’s What You Can Do

Is Your Child Not Responding to Their Name? Here’s What You Can Do One of the hallmark signs of autism is a child not responding to their name. I know when Lucas was a young child, he would not respond to his name and that was a warning sign of autism. So, I now know, as a behavior analyst,…

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Behavior Reinforcement for Children with Autism

Behavior Reinforcement for Children with Autism When your children or clients do something that makes you think, “wow, I’d love to see that more!” Did you know you could actually make that happen? Today I’m going to talk all about behavior reinforcement. .embed-container {…

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