Video Blog

Teaching Children with Autism to Indicate When They are in Pain

My video blog last week was on ruling out medical issues before treating problem behaviors in children with autism. So please watch last week’s blog first if you haven’t done so already. This week I’m going to answer the question I get often that goes something like: “How do you teach children with…


Ruling Out Medical Issues in Children with Autism….Easier Said than Done!

As you probably know, I’m both a mom to an adult son with autism as well as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  But what you may not know that I’m also a Registered Nurse and I find myself frequently reminding people that some behaviors exhibited by children and adults with autism are…


Programming for Happiness in Clients with Autism

Several years ago, I attended a Keynote presentation where a Behavior Analyst, Dr. Dennis Reid, spoke about the importance of programming for (and measuring) happiness in clients with autism. During one of the activities during the keynote, Dr. Reid had the audience members spend 3 minutes writing…


Shhh…Quiet Please! Reducing Verbal Stimming and Scripting in Children with Autism

A common question I get is how to teach a child to be quiet during activities where verbal stimming or scripting is disruptive.


Why You Should Avoid Teaching “More,” “Please,” and “Thank You” to Children with Autism.

In last week’s video blog, I discussed 3 benefits of teaching kids with autism sign language and this week I’m going to talk about a few words to avoid when teaching a child with autism to speak or sign.


3 Big Reasons to Teach a Child with Autism Sign Language and 2 of Them Don’t Involve Improving 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…


How to Teach Children with Autism to Respond to Their Names

A child not responding to his 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 many…


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

Today I’d like to talk about overusing your client’s or 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.


5 Steps to Smoother Transitions for Your Client or Child with Autism

You might be wondering why children with autism have such a hard time transitioning from highly preferred activities to non-preferred activities. I’m here to tell you that we all have trouble with transitions….


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: