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Autism Testing & Autism Treatment Recommendations with Dr. James Coplan

As parents or professionals, most of us have been involved in the autism diagnosis process at least once, but do we really know how autism is actually diagnosed and what does the testing process really look like?

Functions of Behavior

The 4 Functions of Behavior in Applied Behavior Analysis

Most people in the ABA community know that there are 4 functions of behavior. However, we usually only hear and talk about 3 of the functions of behavior. The fourth function that usually isn't discussed is behaviors related to pain or stress, which in technical terms is called automatic negative…

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Autism and Stress Management: Reducing Stress for Autism Parents

All parents in the autism world deal with tons of stress. It can be very overwhelming. A lot of times it can be difficult to find ways to reduce stress in our lives. I know, I've been there and I'm still there as both a parent and as a professional. So today we're going to talk about autism and…

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Regressive Autism: Is Your Child Losing Skills or Stuck? Here's What You Can Do

Regressive autism is both heartbreaking and confusing. Whether you have a young child who is just starting to show signs of autism, used to say some words and now lost them or used to wave and now doesn't, or even an older child with a diagnosis of autism that regresses in some areas, it is very…

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How to Teach a Nonverbal Child to Start Talking

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, I know how important language is for children with autism or signs of autism. I’ve worked with many nonverbal children both in person and through my online courses, and have figured out what works and what doesn’t when teaching a toddler to talk. These same…

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Signs of Developmental Delay Bring Parents Into Autism Denial

When you start seeing signs of developmental delay, it's easy to think it could be autism. You may go into denial as I did many years ago. Maybe you've talked to family members who say things like he's just a little late talking and he'll catch up. Don't worry. Maybe you see red flags, but then…

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Autism Behavior Data Collection with Clickers

Are you using clickers in an autism classroom or a home program for behavior data collection? Well, you may be using them incorrectly. Find out how I recommend using these clickers and what you can start doing today.


Preparing for the Holidays with Your Child with Autism

Holidays can be a stressful time for children with autism and their families, as well as for the professionals who work with them. Today, I'm going to give you some tips that might help make your holidays a little bit less stressful, and more joyful.

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Is Your Toddler Saying No to Everything? Here's What To Do

My son, Lucas, once went through a time period where he was saying no for everything. I recently got asked a question by one of my online community members. The question was what to do if your child or clients answer every question with no. Is your toddler saying no to everything? Don't miss this…

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Conditional Discrimination in Kids with Autism

Conditional discrimination errors are very common in children with autism, especially intermediate learners. When we say conditional discrimination, we mean that a child makes errors. Say you have a paper towel versus toilet paper, they're very similar. The child makes an error not because they're…