Teaching Non-Vocal and Minimally Vocal Children with Autism

For children who do not yet speak, I usually recommend teaching 3-5 signs at a time and to teach these signs as mands first. Many of these signed mands will need hundreds of practice trials before a child will be able to request an item using a sign without assistance. Careful prompting and prompt…

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Mia’s Journey with the Verbal Behavior Approach

Mia’s Journey with the Verbal Behavior Approach

I have series of YouTube clips that may make getting started with the Verbal Behavior Approach a little easier for both parents and professionals! There are three short (6-8 minute) YouTube clips on the assessment and beginning ABA/VB intervention for Mia, a 2 year old girl I diagnosed with…

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Pairing with Reinforcement

Pairing with Reinforcement: The First Step to Teaching Students with Autism

For all adults and children, including students with autism, when you see problem behavior (crying, whining, hitting, biting, flopping to the ground, etc.), the demands are almost always too high and/or the reinforcement is too low. That's why today, I'm talking all about pairing. If the child is…

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Chicken Camp: What it is, Why I Went, and What I Learned!

In 2012 I went to Seattle and, while I was in beautiful State of Washington, I went to Chicken Camp. Since posting a few pictures on Facebook of me holding a chicken, I’ve been getting tons of questions. This blog will cover the answers to three main questions: What it is, Why I Went, and What I…

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Getting ABA/VB Services Started in Your Child’s School

Getting an ABA Program Started for Your Child

There are lots of ways to try to educate yourself as a parent or professional on the principles of an ABA program. Bringing in a knowledgeable speaker on the topic of ABA is probably the most common way to begin. This can often “jump-start” enthusiasm for ABA but will take time and money to…

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The Big Three Skills for Autism

I’ve been consulting with children and a few adults with autism for many years now. I had a revelation soon after I published my book The Verbal Behavior Approach. I now believe that there are three main skills every child and adult with autism needs to be successful. These skills for autism, I…

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Programming for Happiness in Clients with Autism

Programming for Happiness in Clients with Autism

Several years ago, I attended a Keynote presentation where Dennis Reid, PhD, BCBA spoke about the importance of programming for (and measuring) happiness in clients with autism. During one of the activities, the participants spent 3 minutes writing down every choice we made that morning prior to…

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How Positive Are You?

How Positive Are You?

I have been doing a Keynote presentation for the past several years called “Lessons Learned on my Autism Journey.” One of the lessons, which I’ve discussed a few times in the past month, is perhaps the most important general lesson. The best part of this lesson is that you will most likely benefit…

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