When A Child with Autism Will Not Take Medicine

Today’s video blog is all about when a child with autism will not take medicine. As you know, I'm a behavior analyst and a mom to 2 adult sons, one with autism.  Some of you may not know that I’ve also been a Registered Nurse for over 3 decades. I feel that my nursing background has been extremely…

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Ruling Out Autism Medical Problems…Easier Said than Done!

As you probably know, I’m both a mom to an adult son with autism as well as a BCBA.  But what you may not know is that I’m also a Registered Nurse. I often remind people that medical issues can cause some behaviors in children and adults with autism. And you cannot treat medical issues…

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Autism and Happiness: Programming for Happiness in Clients with Autism

Several years ago, I attended a keynote presentation with Behavior Analyst, Dr. Dennis Reid. He spoke about the importance of programming for (and measuring) autism and happiness in our children and clients.

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Reducing Vocal Stimming and Scripting in Children with Autism

Reducing Vocal Stimming and Scripting in Children with Autism A common question I get is how to teach a child with autism how to stop vocal stimming. When a child needs to be quiet during certain activities, vocal stimming or scripting can be disruptive. .embed-container { position: relative;…

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How to Teach Children with Autism to Respond to Their Name

When a child does not respond to their name when called can be one of the first hallmark signs of autism. This is considered a “red flag” on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers or the M-CHAT and a diagnostic indicator on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule –known as the ADOS. Since…

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Overusing a Child’s Name

Johnny No! Why Overusing a Child’s Name Can Be a Problem for Children with Autism

Today I’d like to talk about Overusing a Child’s Name and this is a piece of advice I have given to hundreds of professionals and parents over the past almost 2 decades: Don’t overuse a child͛’s name, especially when placing a demand or saying no.

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Is it Time to Start Teaching Reading?

As a BCBA, I often see a heavy focus on teaching reading, math or other academic skills with both younger and older children with autism. In this week's video, I talk about the important lessons I've learned in situations like this:

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“My client or child with autism freaks out when ___________.”

In today's video, I'm addressing a super common question I get from parents and professionals around the world - "How do I de-sensitize a child with autism to loud noises or prevent situations that cause him or her to freak out?"

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A Major Autism A-Ha Idea: Dr. Carbone’s 3 Buttons

I recently asked my Autism ABA Help monthly members for some pivotal ideas or Ah-ha moments that they found especially helpful in my course. One member said Dr. Vincent Carone's three buttons had a huge influence on her both during and after the course. So let's talk about these three buttons in…

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Balancing Autism Reinforcement and Demands for Your Client or Child With Autism

In this week's video blog, I want to share with you a useful analogy I use to examine how we work with our clients or children with autism:

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