Video Blog

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.

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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…

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.

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:

"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?"

The #1 Mistake I See Autism Professionals and Parents Making

In today's video blog I want to discuss the number one mistake I see both autism professionals and autism parents making when working with their clients or child with autism.

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…

Balancing 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:

How Positive Are You?

In this short video, I discuss the 1-hour lecture by Dr. Glenn Latham that I saw in 2000 that literally changed my life. I'm discussing how being positive is important when working with children with autism:

Can I Even Make a Dent With One Hour of Autism ABA Therapy?

I’m often asked by both autism professionals and parents how much of an impact they can make in an hour or two of ABA therapy per day or per week. In this week's video blog, I'm giving you my take on how to best utilize that time: