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Tacting – Way More than Just a Label

Posted in Uncategorized, July 10th, 2017

Submitted by:  Star Lipe, M.S., BCBA A great way to increase production of spontaneous language is to encourage and develop your child’s tacting repertoire. Tacting is a fancy term for saying labeling. For example, if you ask your child, “What is this?” while showing a picture of a dog and they respond with “It’s a […]

I Pinky Promise!

Posted in Uncategorized, June 26th, 2017

Submitted by: Emily Dale Garcia, BCBA As a society, we utilize contracts in basically every environment and situation that one can think of. Anywhere from employee manuals, house mortgages, marriages, insurances agreements, doctors’ offices, etc., contracts have been used to explain the expectations and consequences of meeting (or not meeting) the agreement. What if I […]

Avoiding the “Summer Slide”

Posted in Uncategorized, June 9th, 2017

Submitted By: Desiree Lawrence, BCBA The school year has finally come to an end. It is hard work maintaining a tight schedule during the school year. I know this, because I have 3 sons, 2 of which are school-aged. There have been times (closer to the end of the school year) that if they had […]

Making the Most out of Your Child’s IEP Meeting

Posted in Uncategorized, May 19th, 2017

Submitted by: René Tomey, M.A., BCBA Have you ever attended an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting? Or maybe you are the parent of a young child preparing for your first IEP meeting, and you’re wondering what to expect? As a former special education teacher, I have a unique perspective on IEP meetings, and have attended […]

The ABCs of Verbal Behavior

Posted in Uncategorized, April 12th, 2017

Submitted by: Maria Whiteway, M.Ed., BCBA In 2010 I became a special education teacher for children with autism. Given that my classroom was part of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program, I sincerely needed to learn a thing or two about ABA. Since I had several students who were non-verbal and others with limited verbal […]

So Many Cures, Which One Should I Try for My Child?

Posted in Uncategorized, April 4th, 2017

Submitted by: Lauren Green, BCBA Receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is imaginably difficult. As a parent, answers are what we seek. What additional supports are there for my child and how do I go about knowing what sources of information to trust? I have social media and I see articles, blogs, and […]

April is Autism Awareness Month

Posted in Uncategorized, March 17th, 2017

Submitted by: Dannah Chappell, BCBA  Our favorite month of the year is almost here! April is Autism Awareness month and there will be countless events around town to help us spread awareness about Autism and get involved in the community. It has been nearly 25 years since the Autism Society launched the nationwide effort to […]

Parents Are So Important

Posted in Uncategorized, March 7th, 2017

Submitted by: Chelsea Silva, QASP We are so thankful to have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our incredible parents as part of our client’s treatment team. We only see your children for a portion of time each week so it is vital that we work together to create a plan that is deeply rooted […]

Alphabet Soup

Posted in Uncategorized, February 17th, 2017

  Submitted by: Katy Hudson, BCBA When I first began my coursework in ABA, my professor stated that this field is very much like alphabet soup in that many terms are shortened into initialisms so it seems that there are just letters floating around. As a parent it can be very daunting when your therapist […]

What is the Point of Functional Communication Training?

Posted in Uncategorized, January 24th, 2017

Submitted by: Anna Beth Baden, M.Ed., BCBA The field of Applied Behavior Analysis places a huge emphasis on the function (or the reason) of behavior. There are four main functions for behavior: (1) to get attention, (2) o get out of something (escape), (3) to obtain a preferred item (tangible), or (4) because of the […]