Mary Barbera Autism ABA Help

The Verbal Behavior Approach is now available in several languages

One of the most exciting things that has happened since publishing my book (The Verbal Behavior Approach) in 2007, is the interest in translating my book into different languages. With more than 30,000 copies sold, The Verbal Behavior Approach is now available in several languages including…

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Bye-Bye Pacifier: 6 Steps to Help Your Child or Client with Autism Stop Using a Pacifier!

By Mary Barbera, PhD, RN, BCBA-D (Autism Mom, BCBA-D & Best-Selling Author) Is your child or client with autism addicted to a pacifier? Many children, especially those with behavioral issues frequently use pacifiers well past infancy. Their parents struggle with what to do about it so to keep…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Importance of Conducting a VB Assessment When Completing an FBA

I completed a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) recently on 9-year-old boy I’ll call Sam. His mother decided to home school Sam because she was worried that the public school her son attended might call the police if his behaviors continued to escalate. Sam was diagnosed with high-functioning…

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Reducing Problem Behaviors

I often get questions like this: My child displays problem behavior (screams/argues/ bites/kicks/flops to the ground ) when a demand is placed (it is time to take a bath/do homework/go to bed). The answer to the question is similar no matter what the problem behavior or demand. Whenever problem…

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Teaching Children with Autism to Indicate When They Are in Pain

I recently received a question related to my last blog on the importance of looking at medical issues before treating problem behavior. The question was, “How do you teach children with autism and severe language impairments to indicate they are in pain and to tell you where the pain is coming…

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The Importance of Ruling Out Medical Issues Before Treating Problem Behaviors

As both a Registered Nurse and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), I find myself frequently reminding people that some behaviors are caused by medical issues and cannot effectively be treated behaviorally. Here is a little review of the four main functions of problem behavior. Two functions…

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