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Reaching My Milestones

Posted in Uncategorized, September 20th, 2017

Submitted by: Lara Lanza, M.Ed., BCBA Hi, my name is Lara and I have been working for Reaching Milestones for the past 4 years and I wanted to tell my story about how Reaching Milestones inspired me to “reach my personal milestones!” In April of 2013 I graduated from an undergraduate program at the University […]

It’s Important to Listen

Posted in Uncategorized, September 13th, 2017

Submitted By: Chelsea Silva It’s Important to Listen! Children with autism often have a difficult time attending to the words given by other people. They can be distracted by other noises in the room which makes it difficult for them to follow the instructions given by another person. Parents or caregivers who are giving listener instructions […]

You Are Not Alone. You Are Important.

Posted in Uncategorized, August 31st, 2017

Submitted by: Kasey Gerhart, BCBA Is he the only one who does this? I feel so alone. I don’t know what to do. Do other families go through this? How do I handle this? She just won’t listen to me! Are there other parents who never feel like they know what to do? My sister […]

It’s Called Love

Posted in Uncategorized, August 9th, 2017

Submitted by: Amanda Coad, M.Ed., BCBA We have all seen this scenario before: parents are out to dinner and their child starts crying. It’s so common for children to cry that many don’t even blink an eye when they hear a child start crying in certain environments. But what about when a child starts to […]

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 […]