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treating autism

Treating Autism: Why My Verbal Behavior Approach is Different & Better

I recently did a podcast on the 10 ways that I believe my verbal behavior approach for treating autism is different and better for kids with autism. So today, I want to give you the top three ways that I believe my approach is unique and might be able to help you, help your children or clients do…

problem behaviors

How to Reduce Problem Behaviors | Autism Intervention for Problem Behaviors

Both autism professionals and parents report that their number one challenge by far, hands down, is the reduction of problem behaviors. So in today's video blog, I am pulling out a short excerpt from podcast number six which is all about reducing problem behaviors.

prompt dependency

What is Prompt Dependency in Children with Autism?

I remember when my son Lucas was little, some psychologists wrote in the report that he was very prompt dependent. Even back then before I was a behavior analyst, that comment, he's prompt dependent, made me angry. Today's I'm talking all about prompt dependency and whether we should blame the…

scrolling

What is Scrolling in Children with Autism? | Language Error Correction

If you're a parent or professional in the autism world, chances are good that you've seen scrolling and you may have seen it every day. But you may not have known what it is or what to do about it. So, today I'm covering scrolling and how to help a child who is exhibiting this behavior.

verbal behavior approach

What is the Verbal Behavior Approach in Comparison to ABA?

I didn't create the Verbal Behavior Approach, I followed other professionals in the field, namely, Mark Sundberg, Dr. Jack Michael, Dr. Vincent Carbone and many others who've influenced my ideas about ABA and the Verbal Behavior Approach. So today I'm talking about the differences between a…

autism sensory rooms

Using Sensory Rooms: How Beneficial Are Autism Sensory Rooms?

Kids with autism tend to have sensory issues, so many schools, residential placements, and even other places like hospitals are building autism sensory rooms. In this blog, I'm talking about sensory rooms for kids with autism.

early signs of autism

How to Recognize Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers Using MCHAT

There's a lot of confusion with toddlers. Many parents are worried about their toddler in terms of their language development, their imitation, their tantrums, and they are concerned that their child might have autism. But they're hoping for the best and, in a lot of ways, putting their head in the…

autism book

Lessons from My Autism Book: The Verbal Behavior Approach

So many people have told me that they have loved reading my book. A speech and language therapy student I recently met, told me she did a book report on my autism book, The Verbal Behavior Approach, and she cited that she got two main lessons from the book. Today, I want to talk about those 2…

autism mom

Interview with Autism Mom Kelsey General

I just got done interviewing autism mom Kelsey, who is a single mom of two young boys, both diagnosed with autism. It was a great interview, and you can listen to the full interview on MaryBarbera.com/3, which is my third podcast.

hyperlexia

Hyperlexia and Its Connection to Autism

In today's episode, I'm talking about kids who recognize letters and can possibly read even before they can speak. This syndrome is called hyperlexia, and I'll be discussing whether it's a sign of autism and also what to do about it.