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Teaching Body Parts to Children with Autism

Teaching children with autism to label and touch their body parts is one of the most important skills to teach. Body parts are important no matter if a child is very young and has no language or if a child is older and has some language. Over my many years working with hundreds of children with…


Using TAGTeach to Teach Children with Autism

TAGTeach is a methodology that can be used to speed up skill acquisition in children with autism. In today's video blog, I'm discussing how to incorporate this into your child or client's programming to get more effective skill acquisition. 

autism waitlist

On an Early Intervention Evaluation Waitlist for Autism? Here's What You Can Do

A few weeks ago I did a vlog called “What is autism?” and I covered the signs of autism in young children. One of the things I didn't mention on that video blog was that the lengths of most waiting lists are huge and so long. So I wanted to cover today some of the strategies you can use while…

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Increasing Language in Children with Autism Through a Shoebox

As some of you may know, I've been a behavior analyst since 2003 and worked for the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, which was a statewide grant from 2003 to 2010. When I left the project, I began working in the early intervention field with very young children through a contract with the…


Should You Be Teaching Children with Autism to Apologize?

I had a question come in last week from Amy who is a participant in our online course and community and she said she had an idea for a future video blog. She said, "Could you address the issue of having or not having kids with autism apologize for their behavior following an aggressive behavior?…

autism spectrum disorder

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? | Symptoms of Autism & Next Steps

In this week's video blog, I'd like to go back to the basics and cover what autism is and how to tell if a young child has autism. I've been doing weekly video blogs for over two and a half years now and I just realized that I didn't have a video called “What is autism?” or some of the most basic…


Pacifier & Bottle Weaning for Children with Autism 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 with bottle weaning. When I see parents with toddlers who have pacifiers in their mouths or drinking…

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5 Pieces of Autism Advice After 20 Years from Diagnosis Day

July 2nd, 1999 was Lucas's diagnosis day. This was one day before his third birthday, so it's easy to remember. Lucas just turned 23 this week, so I thought I would do a video blog this week looking back on the autism advice I would give myself way back 2 decades ago. Hopefully, this might help…

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Sign Language for Autism: 3 Reasons to Teach Sign Language

Many autism professionals and parents have heard that children with autism benefit from sign language. But with the wave of technology, a lot of Speech Pathologists, Behavior Analysts and parents want to use other more technically advanced augmentative communication systems such as IPAD apps to…

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Autism and Sleep: How to Improve Sleep for Children with Autism

Sleep problems are very common in children with autism. With my own son, Lucas, I struggled with getting him to sleep in his own bed through the night for ten years. Using ABA techniques though, I was finally able to establish a step by step procedures that resulted in him sleeping through the…