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What is ABA?

When I was first starting out in the field, I met someone who asked me what I do.  When I told her that I am in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis, she responded with something like, “Oh, that doesn’t work.  It just makes kids robotic and learn to clap on demand.” I was floored. Read more about What is ABA?[…]

Teaching Theory of Mind and Perspective Taking

What is Theory of Mind? Theory of Mind is the ability to attribute mental states to the self and to others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, and perspectives different than one’s own.  For a person who has developed a theory of mind, they will be able to understand that people’s interests are Read more about Teaching Theory of Mind and Perspective Taking[…]

Momentary Time Sampling and Data Collection

We were recently observing a student working and he had the right pieces in place – classroom rules, behaviour contract, etc. but his lack of attending was really interfering with his ability to keep to the rules and get his work done, especially in the classroom. Even with positive behaviour supports in place, there was Read more about Momentary Time Sampling and Data Collection[…]

Teaching Verbal Requesting

The ability to use communication to get basic needs met is of major importance to our students. Requesting (AKA: manding) is a skill that we emphasize from the beginner all the way through to the advanced learner.  It is an underlying theme taught in direct instruction, in NET and in play.  Requesting should remain at Read more about Teaching Verbal Requesting[…]

Types of Reinforcement and Punishment

In this post, we are going to take you back to ABA 101.  Why?  Because getting these terms sorted in our head is important to what we do. For instance, take the term, ‘NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT.’  What does this mean anyway?  Does this mean taking something away to increase a behaviour or does it mean that Read more about Types of Reinforcement and Punishment[…]

The Behavioural Definition of Punishment

I recently sent an email to a client’s team with a line that read as follows: “All staff will continue to follow through with demands and deliver consequences (punishers and reinforcers) as applicable.”  One of the team members took offence to the word “punisher” and was concerned that the approach wasn’t a positive one.   I Read more about The Behavioural Definition of Punishment[…]

What is a DRO and How to Implement One

We BCBA’s love our acronyms!  Here’s another one for you: DRO.  This stands for the Differential Reinforcement of Other (behaviour).  It essentially means that we are providing reinforcement for THE LACK of a behaviour. Why would a DRO be useful? Many problem behaviours have a positive opposite that we can reinforce.  So instead of telling Read more about What is a DRO and How to Implement One[…]

How to Keep a Child Motivated in ABA

One of the common concerns we get from parents and therapists is that the child isn’t motivated for anything.  Why is this important, you ask?  Well, because in an ABA program, we rely on motivation to get things done.  It’s the “then” in the “first/then”.  It’s the reward at the end of the token board.  Read more about How to Keep a Child Motivated in ABA[…]

How to Prepare a Child with ASD for the Summer

I love the summer.  I love the change in seasons, the break from the monotonous everyday routine, the relaxing vacations, and the long days.  However, for many of the kids we work with, the changes that come along with summer can be very overwhelming. By the end of the school year, many children are just Read more about How to Prepare a Child with ASD for the Summer[…]

How to Promote Parent Involvement in an ABA Program

With most students that you encounter in ABA, you’re likely going to have to deal with parents.  If you’re lucky, you’ll have rock-star parents who are on-board with everything you do and follow-through like champs.  Other parents may seem less interested in the goings-on of the ABA sessions and use the time to get their Read more about How to Promote Parent Involvement in an ABA Program[…]

Therapist Training Tips

When I first started my career in ABA, I was surprised by how much management and training that was required.  In most of my early supervision experiences, I found it so challenging to watch the therapist and provide feedback – it was so much easier to just jump in the chair and do it myself!  Read more about Therapist Training Tips[…]

How to Prevent BCBA Burnout

It’s usually around this time of year when I feel like the days and weeks are too long.  Maybe it’s the long stretch of work/school with no real break until summer.  Maybe it’s the itch for the weather to get nicer so we can enjoy more outdoors time.  Or maybe it’s just plain, old burnout. Read more about How to Prevent BCBA Burnout[…]

How to Encourage ABA in the Everyday

ABA doesn’t have to be an intense, one-on-one intervention that happens in 20-hour-a-week increments.  The principles of ABA can be applied to so many everyday events and activities to help shape language and appropriate behaviour. So even if a child isn’t sitting down for 30 hours a week of intensive therapy, there are many tips Read more about How to Encourage ABA in the Everyday[…]

Teaching How to Tolerate Haircuts

For many parents, their child’s first haircut is a celebration.  It’s an exciting experience – going to the hairdresser, collecting those first locks of hair and giving the child a lollipop at the end! However, for many parents of children with autism, the word “haircut” elicits a terror response. Their child wouldn’t sit still, wouldn’t Read more about Teaching How to Tolerate Haircuts[…]

Manding With ‘Wh Questions’

Many of our students struggle with initiating language and conversation.  This is why there is usually a strong emphasis on manding and requesting in an ABA program.  Teaching them to ask for things that they want builds a relationship of communication between the child and others. Basic manding teaches a child to ask for tings Read more about Manding With ‘Wh Questions’[…]

Expanding Language Skills – Part 2

In our last blog post, we discussed expanding language to 2-3 word phrases using verbs and attributes. In this post, we will discuss expanding language even further using one of our favourite materials – sequencing cards. There are various sequencing skills that the ABLLS assessment touches upon: visual performance of putting picture sequences in order Read more about Expanding Language Skills – Part 2[…]

Expanding Language Skills – Part 1

When working with a student who is just acquiring language, we spend a lot of time teaching how to answer questions.  “What does a dog say?” “What’s your name?” “What’s this?” “What do you do with a shoe?” The answers to these questions are often simple 1-word answers, which is a great place to be Read more about Expanding Language Skills – Part 1[…]

Direct Instruction (DI) Programs

Direct Instruction is an evidence-based teaching approach that falls under the umbrella of ABA. We use at least one (or a combination of a few) DI programs with many of our students. We even have some students who have loved the books so much that Language for Learning became a leisure activity! Direct Instruction operates Read more about Direct Instruction (DI) Programs[…]

Writing a Behaviour Intervention Plan (BIP)

A Behaviour Intervention Plan (BIP) is what takes the observations from a functional assessment and turns them into a concrete plan of suggestions.  It is also sometimes known as a behaviour protocol or behaviour treatment plan.  It should be based on a functional assessment or a functional analysis so that the suggestions made are function-based.  Read more about Writing a Behaviour Intervention Plan (BIP)[…]

Function Over Form: Functional Communication Training

Behaviour is communication.  It is our students’ way of telling us how they feel or what they need. Behaviour can have many different forms but what it looks like is not as important as what it’s trying to tell us.  The function of the behaviour is the part that tells us WHY the behaviour is Read more about Function Over Form: Functional Communication Training[…]

Toilet Training 101

Having trouble with or feeling timid about transitioning your client with autism from diapers to the toilet? Fret not! Follow the steps below – it’s the approach we’ve used for many years to successfully toilet train our clients. Remember: Be patient, be consistent and be your kiddos biggest cheerleader as she learns to use the Read more about Toilet Training 101[…]

How To Do A Functional Behaviour Assessment

When we get asked for a quick and easy fix for a behavioural problem (eg: “What do I do when…”) our answer is usually, “It depends”. The solution to behaviour management lies not in the topography of the behaviour, but in the function that the behaviour serves. There can be two children who both engage Read more about How To Do A Functional Behaviour Assessment[…]

How To Foster Independence Skills

Parents all have goals about what they’d like their kids to do and have in adulthood. Perhaps they imagine their daughter as an esteemed marine biologist who writes books and owns estates around the world. Or maybe their goal for their son, who has special needs, is to live in a nice home with friends Read more about How To Foster Independence Skills[…]

How To Teach A Young Child Self Care Skills

  In the first year of children’s lives, they rely on their parents and caregivers for everything. As children approach 2 years of age, however, the journey towards independence should start with teaching them how to do simple self care tasks, such as using the potty and taking off their hats. We encourage starting to Read more about How To Teach A Young Child Self Care Skills[…]

Natural Environment Teaching

One of the common misconceptions about ABA is that it’s all table work and discrete trial teaching, and NO FUN!  Quite the contrary, we are all about fun and games!  As the field develops, the term “Applied Behaviour Analysis” has become an umbrella terms for lots of other teaching styles. Within this umbrella are other Read more about Natural Environment Teaching[…]

How to Use Chaining with a Task Analysis

One of the greatest tools in our toolbox is the ability to break down larger skills into smaller, more attainable steps (and then reinforce each step along the way!).   There is a lot that can be accomplished through this teaching method, especially in the area of self-help and independence. What is a Task Analysis? A Read more about How to Use Chaining with a Task Analysis[…]

When is a Child Ready for Toilet Training?

Successful toilet training is one of the most useful and (likely) socially significant skills we can teach our clients. When a child is ready for toilet training, we often have to put other programming aside in order to accomplish this goal – and that’s okay! This is a life skill that is important to the Read more about When is a Child Ready for Toilet Training?[…]

How to Teach Students to Use Visual Schedules

If you’ve been with us long enough, you know how we feel about visuals. They are in important part of teaching new skills and for promoting independence: https://howtoaba.com/importance-visuals/ Using a visual schedule helps to provide predictability and routine in lots of situations. Teaching a child to follow a visual schedule is a skill that will Read more about How to Teach Students to Use Visual Schedules[…]

Do Social Stories Change Behaviour?

Any of us working in the field of ABA and special education have seen our share of social stories. They are promoted in schools, at home and in many settings that our kiddos find themselves. What I’ve never seen is a child who isn’t able to greet others, reads a social story about appropriate greetings Read more about Do Social Stories Change Behaviour?[…]

What to Look for When Hiring an ABA Therapist

As Behaviour Analysts, it is our job to put programs and protocols in place for therapists to carry out. This means that a program is often only as good as the therapist implementing it. A therapist who is able to follow programming, take data, and implement protocol is going to be essential to the success Read more about What to Look for When Hiring an ABA Therapist[…]

Parent Training

Generalization is an important part of programming because it allows for us to extend our reach beyond the actual ABA sessions and into the child’s everyday life. Parents are usually the ones that play a large part in this generalization. This means that we, as ABA professionals, need to be aware of how we’re training Read more about Parent Training[…]

Top 5 Must-Have ABA Program Materials

Materials for an ABA program don’t have to cost a ton of money. We’re big fans of keeping it simple and doable. Fancy, laminated cards look pretty but if something else can get the job done for a fraction of the time and cost – that’s a winner! Besides for a few materials that we Read more about Top 5 Must-Have ABA Program Materials[…]

Choosing the Right Data Collection Method

Data is a big part of what we do. We are bound to make data-driven decisions and update or revise programs based on what the data tell us. However, it is possible to be so consumed with data that it interferes with learning. How well can a person engage and think on their feet if Read more about Choosing the Right Data Collection Method[…]

When is Behaviour Worth Targeting for Reduction?

I once worked with a client who was doing really well with his programs, developing skills, and accomplishing goals. However, he had a “behaviour” that was driving his therapist crazy. She called to ask about targeting this specific behaviour within a protocol to try and reduce it. She said that it was coming up often Read more about When is Behaviour Worth Targeting for Reduction?[…]

When is a Child Ready for a Social Skills Group?

Social skills should always be an integral part of any good ABA program right from the start. By social skills, I don’t just mean being able to play with other kids. In typical development, socializing starts very early – a baby making eye contact with his mother, a toddler pointing out an interesting sight to Read more about When is a Child Ready for a Social Skills Group?[…]

Teaching Emotional Regulation with a 3-Point Scale

We can’t ignore that children have emotions. As behaviourists, we are trained to treat behaviours and not private events like thoughts and feelings.   But how can we ignore that some of the little people we work with are struggling with managing how they’re feeling? We need to allow for our students to have these emotions Read more about Teaching Emotional Regulation with a 3-Point Scale[…]

Using Partial Interval Recording to Track Negative Behaviour

  Unless you have seven arms, taking data while trying to manage challenging behaviour is nearly impossible. There are many tools in our toolbox to measure and track behaviour, but the tricky part is knowing which tool to implement when. We might choose to take probe data for some teaching targets and trial-by-trial data for Read more about Using Partial Interval Recording to Track Negative Behaviour[…]

How to Implement a Self-Monitoring System

One of my proudest and most shocking moments of being a BCBA/Mom was when my son came home with a self-monitoring form designed by his teacher. Not only was the teacher being proactive in managing my son’s behaviour, but he implemented it almost perfectly! The best part – it worked! The goal of self-monitoring systems Read more about How to Implement a Self-Monitoring System[…]

Using Antecedent Teaching to Manage Challenging Behaviour

Something I often discuss with teachers is the concept of intrinsic vs extrinsic reinforcement. At what point can we expect the tangible and outside reinforcement to morph and for the student to begin to actually want to do the right thing (and not just because he/she is rewarded for the right thing)? In my experience, Read more about Using Antecedent Teaching to Manage Challenging Behaviour[…]

How to Use ABA to Manage Challenging Behaviour in the Classroom

Looking back on my years as a teacher, I can now say that ABA was the missing piece in my classroom (see: 5 ABA Principles I Wish I Knew as a Teacher). As a preschool and elementary teacher, I was struggling with the concepts of reinforcement and behaviour management. This is why I find the Read more about How to Use ABA to Manage Challenging Behaviour in the Classroom[…]

Teaching Compliance with First/Then (Premack Principle)

One of the most important first steps that a child needs to make in ABA therapy is learning the concept of first/then – “First I do something (fill in demand here), then I get something (fill in reward here)”.   The Premack principle states that if high-probability behaviors (more desirable behaviors) are made contingent upon lower-probability Read more about Teaching Compliance with First/Then (Premack Principle)[…]

Teaching School-Readiness Skills

We know that an ABA program has been successful when we put ourselves out of a job. As difficult as it is to say good-bye to clients and parents that we’ve been working with for so many years, we know that we served them well if the child has successfully transitioned to school and doesn’t Read more about Teaching School-Readiness Skills[…]

Dealing With a Picky Eater

During one of my first few experiences as an ABA therapist, I was introduced to “The White Diet”. We had a particular student who would only eat white foods, such as pasta, bread, crackers, and cheese. Since then, I’ve seen many versions of the picky eater – the student who would only eat a certain Read more about Dealing With a Picky Eater[…]

Good ABA vs. Bad ABA

We often encounter misconceptions about what ABA is and what it is not. As with any therapeutic method out there, there are ways to use it and there are ways to abuse it. Unfortunately, the wrong application of the principles at the wrong time or with the wrong student can be detrimental to a child Read more about Good ABA vs. Bad ABA[…]

Using Video Modeling to Teach Skills

In the field of ABA we often talk about using “evidence-based practices” in teaching skill.  What does this mean?  It means that when we are choosing a teaching strategy, we refer to the literature in determining if it has been effective in controlled studies.  Video modeling is an example of an evidence-based practice that has Read more about Using Video Modeling to Teach Skills[…]

ABA is More Than Good Behaviour

We recently met with a client who was referred to us for her young son with ASD who was not yet talking.  In the process of getting the program started, she raised a concern – “My son doesn’t have many negative behaviours , he just doesn’t seem to understand us or follow instructions.  Is behaviour Read more about ABA is More Than Good Behaviour[…]

Technology – Love it or Hate It?

Before I had kids, I swore that my children wouldn’t be raised on television and media and I would never use a screen as a babysitter. For many years, we did not even have a television in our house.   I imagined that we would do enjoyable things together like baking, arts and crafts, and puzzles. Read more about Technology – Love it or Hate It?[…]

The Shadow’s Role in the Classroom

What is a teacher to do when she is given a student that is difficult to manage or has learning challenges?  It seems like the go-to solution for some schools has been to recommend that the student have a shadow in the classroom.  Sometimes, this is referred as an Educational Assistant or a Special Needs Read more about The Shadow’s Role in the Classroom[…]

5 Steps to Teaching Play Skills

So often, we take for granted that kids like to play.  We buy them toys, arrange play dates, and even take them to parks and public areas, all in the name of playing.  No one doubts the importance of play on a child’s development.  It builds confidence, social skills, creativity, and imagination. But what happens Read more about 5 Steps to Teaching Play Skills[…]

6 Skills a Child Needs to Be Ready to Learn in a Group

Parents often hesitate to remove their child from preschool or daycare in order for the child to receive 1:1 ABA.  Understandably, parents want their children around typical peers and for them to learn in a natural classroom environment, and sometimes that is appropriate.  So why would we recommend for a child to receive 1:1 ABA Read more about 6 Skills a Child Needs to Be Ready to Learn in a Group[…]

How to Use ABA to Teach Social Skills

Social skills is a common area that we tackle within an ABA program.  Why is ABA the right approach to use when teaching social skills?  Because in an ABA program we use behavioural objectives that are: Very specific in their content. For example, a goal might be “reciprocates greetings from peers” and not “greetings” Definable Read more about How to Use ABA to Teach Social Skills[…]

6 ABA Strategies I Use in My Home (And Why a Reinforcement System Isn’t One of Them!)

Balancing My Roles of “Behaviour Analyst” and “Mom” The two roles of “Behaviour Analyst” and “Mom” can sometimes be difficult to merge.  On the one hand, knowing so much about the principles of behaviour, I should have all the tools I need to manage behaviour in my home.  You would think that my home is Read more about 6 ABA Strategies I Use in My Home (And Why a Reinforcement System Isn’t One of Them!)[…]

What is a BCBA?

…And Why Do I Need One? I’ve been noticing lately that there are many practitioners who claim to “practice ABA” or “use the principles of ABA” that aren’t actually Board Certified Behaviour Analysts.    Often, when searching for solutions for children, parents are unaware of what qualifications they should be looking for.  If someone is able Read more about What is a BCBA?[…]

Too Much of a Good Thing?

If you could have an endless supply of one item – what would it be?  Mine would be chocolate. I don’t think I could get sick of it.  But there are other things I would get sick of in endless supply. Most things that we love are so special because they have to be earned Read more about Too Much of a Good Thing?[…]

The Prompt Hierarchy

What is a “prompt” and why is it part of an ABA program? Prompting is a strategy used to correct the learner and still increase learning.  It is usually placed after the instruction and before the response. Instruction ⇒ Response ⇒ Reinforcement/Consequence                          Prompt↵ Why prompt Read more about The Prompt Hierarchy[…]

How to Implement and Use Token Boards

Reinforcement is a common occurrence in our daily lives.  Receiving a paycheck every month, getting a compliment from a friend, taking a coffee break from work – these are all forms of reinforcement.  Some types are more predictable and some take longer to achieve.  During ABA therapy, it is always our goal to fade reinforcement Read more about How to Implement and Use Token Boards[…]

The Importance of Visuals and How They Promote Independence

On a recent post about visuals prompts, one of the questions we received was: “Why are you using visuals if the goal is for the student to verbalize?  Won’t the visuals make the learner dependent on them?” This is a great question and the answer is that it depends on the learner and on how Read more about The Importance of Visuals and How They Promote Independence[…]

My Child Needs ABA – Now What?!?

What to Expect When Setting Up an ABA Program Finding out that your child is not developing as they should be can be very overwhelming.  Maybe you’ve just received a diagnosis of ASD and you’re not sure how to accept it or what to do next.  Maybe it’s something that you’ve known all along but Read more about My Child Needs ABA – Now What?!?[…]

Can Conversation Be Scripted?

We LOVE using visuals. Pictures make stories interesting and visual schedules give kids predictability and control.  We also use these visuals in the form of scripts to teach conversation.  You might be wondering, “But conversation has to be natural and fluid.  Doesn’t it defeat the purpose if it’s scripted?”  Our answer (and the answer of Read more about Can Conversation Be Scripted?[…]

Why Picture Communication Supports Talking (And Doesn’t Replace It)

This is a continuation from last week – 5 Steps to a Simple Communication System. The concern I often hear is: Why should we use pictures if we want the child to talk?  We don’t want the pictures to replace words. Imagine that you were dropped in a foreign country where you don’t speak a Read more about Why Picture Communication Supports Talking (And Doesn’t Replace It)[…]

5 Steps to a Simple Communication System

I was observing a client of mine who is in a group setting.  I couldn’t help but notice another student in the group (not one of mine).  This other child is not able to speak and really wanted to play with the play-doh.  So what did he do?  He screamed until the teacher gave in Read more about 5 Steps to a Simple Communication System[…]

Transitions: 4 Tips to Prevent Meltdowns

A child’s life is full of transitions.  They go from their bed to the car to school to the playground, etc… For some children, this can be extremely difficult and transitions can be when teachers and caregivers tend to see a lot of negative behaviour. Why is this? Most of the time, it’s due to Read more about Transitions: 4 Tips to Prevent Meltdowns[…]

Late Talker or Autism?

Should I be concerned that my toddler isn’t talking? As parents, we know that our children go through phases and it’s often not worth worrying too much about it.  When they’re learning to walk, we let them fall – it’s part of the process.  They’ll experience heartbreak, boredom, and disappointment – all par for the Read more about Late Talker or Autism?[…]

4 Ways to Teach Kids to Initiate Conversation

Conversation is tricky.  There are so many moving parts but many of us learn it incidentally. However, for some of our students, it’s not always as easy.  When do I talk about myself vs. ask a question?  When is it appropriate to change the subject?  Sometimes as a result of therapy, our kids get really Read more about 4 Ways to Teach Kids to Initiate Conversation[…]

DTT, ABA, PRT, IBI – WTH???

I thought I’d address some of what I’ve been hearing lately: “Do you offer ABA or IBI?” (from a parent) “I don’t do ABA, I do PRT” (from a professional)   For some reason, ABA is FULL of acronyms.  This can seem daunting to someone unfamiliar with the field. First, a glossary:     ABA Read more about DTT, ABA, PRT, IBI – WTH???[…]

Prepare Your Child or Student with ASD for School

The beginning of a new school year can be an exciting time.  For others, it evokes more fear and worry than glee.  For our children and students with ASD,  A new school year can mean difficult transitions, loud noises, intimidating social situations, and unrealistic classroom demands.  We want to set our little ones up for Read more about Prepare Your Child or Student with ASD for School[…]

How to Write a Good ABA Program

Unfortunately, writing good program descriptions is not something that was covered in the training to become BCBA certified.  Most of us have a solid background in the foundations and principles of ABA yet we weren’t taught how to apply that knowledge to creating programs.  Sure, there are assessment tools that guide us but children don’t Read more about How to Write a Good ABA Program[…]

Teaching Kids to Answer ‘Wh Questions’

How many times have we asked a student, “Where do you go to sleep?” and they answer “At night”?  Or “When do you go swimming?” and they answer “in the pool”? Answering ‘wh questions’ is a difficult skill for many of our students. A typical child should be able to answer “where” and “what’s that” Read more about Teaching Kids to Answer ‘Wh Questions’[…]

Using Board Games to Promote Language

Teaching social skills can be one of the most challenging areas of programming.  It’s so important but it doesn’t come naturally for so many of our students.  Social skills are individualized and constantly changing so the program has to be dynamic enough to keep up.  So how do we program for this in a way that Read more about Using Board Games to Promote Language[…]

Beginner ABA Program

One of my favourite things about my job is when we get clients when they are young (2-3 years old).  This means that I love creating a program for beginners who might just be learning to talk and socialize. First, let’s clarify what I mean by “beginner”: it’s not only age-based but it could be Read more about Beginner ABA Program[…]

Classroom Reinforcement Systems That Work

Too often, my sons come home complaining that they lost their recess time because classmates were behaving badly. This is one of my pet peeves as a parent, former teacher and BCBA. Recess is non-contingent reinforcement and I believe it should NOT be earned or lost. Generally, removing outdoor time does not improve behaviour – kids Read more about Classroom Reinforcement Systems That Work[…]

How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract

There are a lot of tools in my BCBA tool box that I use regularly to help shape positive behaviour. A behaviour contract is one of my go-tos for learners who are able to wait for delayed reinforcement. When implementing, it’s important that the learner understands what behaviours are being reinforced even if they’re not accessing Read more about How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract[…]

5 ABA Principles I Wish I Knew When I Was a Teacher

When I was a classroom teacher, I didn’t always have the tools or knowledge to effectively deal with learning or behavioural challenges. It was frustrating! Soon after I graduated with a Masters in Education, I was given a group of 4-year-old preschool children; and, despite my years of studying, I was unprepared. There was one Read more about 5 ABA Principles I Wish I Knew When I Was a Teacher[…]

Daily Activities To Promote Language

My 5-year-old daughter just finished telling me about her adventure at the Science Centre, leaving no detail out. She’s a chatterbox! My hubby and I love listening to her, especially because she was tight-lipped until she was close to three. To promote language in our late talker, I used communication temptations and labeled everything we Read more about Daily Activities To Promote Language[…]

6 Ways To Help Your Child Make Friends

When you pick up Patty from school or daycare, you always find her alone spinning toys and humming to herself. She seems happy by the situation but you’re not – you’d prefer that Patty would participate with peers. You wish that she could make friends and have fun playing with them. In general, that’s hard for Read more about 6 Ways To Help Your Child Make Friends[…]

Look At Me: How To Encourage Eye Contact

Talking face-to-face, your child with autism doesn’t look at you. Her eyes have never intentionally met yours. It’s hurtful sometimes – it would feel so connective if she’d gaze at you when you said I love you – and at other times it comes across as rude. It’s not her fault and it’s not yours. Read more about Look At Me: How To Encourage Eye Contact[…]

Tackle Big Skills In Baby Steps

Trying to teach Julie some of the targets we dished about in How To Foster Independence Skills  and How To Teach Your Young Child Self Care Skills with not much success? No sweat! The solution to the struggle: Task analysis and chaining. Some kiddos are unable to learn how to brush their teeth or put on their Read more about Tackle Big Skills In Baby Steps[…]

How To Get Your Child To Listen To You

Hi, Broken Record: Bet you’re hoarse, or maybe blue in the face, from telling your kiddo to do things over and over and over again. SHE DOESN’T LISTEN and it’s driving you crazy. You’ve yelled, you’ve begged, you’ve bargained, you’ve read books, but your sweetie still has incredibly selective hearing. Stop pulling your hair out Read more about How To Get Your Child To Listen To You[…]

Up Close And Personal With How to ABA Co-Founder Shayna Gaunt

On paper, Shayna Gaunt – she’s the co-founder of How to ABA and the director of Kid Mechanix – is an all-star. Her resume is extensive and impressive; she’s an incredible BCBA. And in person, she’s even better. She gives 110 percent to every client she works with and every therapist she trains. Her energy Read more about Up Close And Personal With How to ABA Co-Founder Shayna Gaunt[…]

Shira Karpel: Get To Know The BCBA That Kids Love

When Shira Karpel walks into the room, kids’ faces light up. She’s knows exactly how to relate to and have fun with each client, playing with their favourite toys, singing the coolest songs and giving just the kind of tickles or squeezes they love. Our second in command is also amazing at her job because she’s Read more about Shira Karpel: Get To Know The BCBA That Kids Love[…]

Why Reading To Your Child Is Important

Your cutie can’t get enough of storytime. Given the opportunity, he would have you read the same book over and over several times a day. Say YES! Reading regularly to your little love comes with big benefits.  

Meet The Mastermind Behind The Maloney Method

We’ve taught tons of clients with learning challenges how to read, spell and do math. How? We often use The Maloney Method curriculum –evidence-based programming that effectively and efficiently advances learners’ abilities. What makes The Maloney Method programs stand out from many other reading, writing and math syllabuses is that they emphasize fluency. That means that students have to Read more about Meet The Mastermind Behind The Maloney Method[…]

6 Holiday Activities That Are Inexpensive

After the presents are unwrapped and family dinners are devoured, what’s on your calendar? Sleep! Sugar detox! Penny-pinching! And, most importantly, keeping your darling with autism occupied and engaged while school’s out. No need to stress about the what, where and how much – we’ve got that covered. Here are super-fun and almost-free holiday activities Read more about 6 Holiday Activities That Are Inexpensive[…]

Gifts That Promote Independence

Stuck on what to give your sweetie this holiday season? Consider wrapping up presents that improve your sweetie’s mood and skills, create memories and promote independence. When Kevin can learn to brush his teeth like a pro or walk home from school safely, his self-confidence will soar. Priceless! Here are our favourite prezzies that help Read more about Gifts That Promote Independence[…]

How to Make Time For Yourself

You’re a real-life superhero. Seriously! It takes unimaginable strength, love, energy and patience to parent a child with special needs. You give everything you have to give to your sweetie, as you should, because Sam is incredible and he deserves simply the best. And so do you! You work around the clock and, in order to Read more about How to Make Time For Yourself[…]

Sensory Friendly Attractions and Events

When your child is sensitive to lights, sounds and sights, it can be hard to get out and about for fun as a family. Regular nights at the movies or afternoons at the aquarium may be off the table for your troop, but there are still several entertaining things you can do in the Greater Read more about Sensory Friendly Attractions and Events[…]

Building Rapport: The Importance Of Pairing

Dear Caregiver, How exciting that your child is about to receive ABA therapy for the first time! If you’re still in the process of picking out a team, be sure to ask these questions to help you pinpoint a quality provider. We know that it can be unnerving as you welcome unfamiliar professionals into your Read more about Building Rapport: The Importance Of Pairing[…]

Simon’s Story Part 2: How ABA Has Helped Him Soar

Remember Simon?  The kiddo is going through a tremendous growth spurt! Along with getting taller, the 8-year-old with autism is making monumental social, behavioural and academic gains. He’s blossoming into a humorous, mild-mannered chatterbox who reads like a pro and loves to play games with his peers. One of his favourites: Zombie tag with the Read more about Simon’s Story Part 2: How ABA Has Helped Him Soar[…]

4 Fun Activities To Make Summer Sensational

Greetings from the seaside! As I write this blog, my daughter is playing in the waves with her dad. They just finished counting the birds in the sky and now they’re talking about what swims in the ocean. Unbeknownst to her, my four-year-old is strengthening and developing skills as she has fun splashing my husband. Read more about 4 Fun Activities To Make Summer Sensational[…]

5 Summer Learning Programs To Do At Home

Classrooms are closed for the season but that doesn’t mean learning should stop. Your little sponge is ready to soak up knowledge, know-how and skills all year round! So dust off those books and help keep Suzie’s learning alive this summer at home. Practicing math, reading or social skills for a short time every day Read more about 5 Summer Learning Programs To Do At Home[…]

4 Autism-Friendly Vacation Destinations

If you’re stuck in a getaway rut, do something different this summer. How about a beach holiday? One that allows you to sip a cocktail by the ocean while your child on the spectrum participates in fun resort activities? Dreamy! And, fortunately, possible. More destinations are offering autism-friendly vacations, providing services, accommodations and meals that help your whole Read more about 4 Autism-Friendly Vacation Destinations[…]

NEW! ABA Educator Training Course

Being an educator can be a rewarding job – it’s awesome to help youngsters learn! – but it can also be stressful, especially when a student has hard-to-handle behaviour. So many great teachers and educational assistants struggle daily with kids who have major meltdowns. Deflating and exhausting! We can help make your classroom experience more Read more about NEW! ABA Educator Training Course[…]

Ask These Questions When Picking A Quality ABA Provider

So, you’re in the market for an ABA provider for your child. Maybe that’s because his psychologist recommended ABA therapy for autism; maybe it’s of your own volition, seeing that your kiddo needs help strengthening skills that are challenging for him, such as personal care, emotional regulation, social skills, communication or spelling and math. The Read more about Ask These Questions When Picking A Quality ABA Provider[…]

6 Tips For A Calmer, Easier Bedtime

As parents, you and I know that our sweeties need sleep – lots of it. Without enough, they wake up cranky and groggy (your morning routine will be rougher), have a hard time concentrating at school and are more prone to negative behaviour. Plus, getting enough Zzzs is important for their memory and overall health and Read more about 6 Tips For A Calmer, Easier Bedtime[…]

Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Routine

Are weekday mornings before 8 am the most stressful part of your day? Do you run out of the house without breakfast, make up half done and your hair sideways? I can completely relate! On weekends, my 4-year-old would wake up sweet-as-sugar, get dressed and go to the bathroom independently. But come Monday morning, she seemed to forget all that (you’d Read more about Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Routine[…]

The Power And Importance Of Parent Training

Is your kiddo with autism calm and compliant in therapy yet unruly at home? It’s quite a common scenario and one that’s easy enough to fix. The remedy: Parent training. When you know how to handle troublesome behaviour the way Kevin’s ABA team does, you’ll notice positive changes in his demeanor at home. That’s a promise! Read more about The Power And Importance Of Parent Training[…]

6 Tips for Traveling With A Child With Autism

We have a client with autism who adores going to Florida. He talks about it all year, asking every Friday if he can go on Saturday. Not only is it adorable, it’s remarkable, because going to new places used to be incredibly hard for him (as it is for most people on the spectrum). We Read more about 6 Tips for Traveling With A Child With Autism[…]

Reinforcement & Bribery: Is There A Difference?

A core tool that we use in ABA is positive reinforcement. It’s one of the best ways to shape better behaviour! Yet, plenty of people confuse it with giving bribes and, as such, are quick to dismiss it. Let’s clear the air, so we’re all on the same page. Bribery is not a synonym for Read more about Reinforcement & Bribery: Is There A Difference?[…]

7 Resolutions You’ll Want To Stick To

We’re not really into cliché New Year’s resolutions. Been there, done that, fallen off the wagon countless times. We do, however, dig resolutions that help kids to learn and grow at home. They’re absolutely worthwhile. For example, let’s say you commit to helping Sally speak. With a bit daily work – you have to be Read more about 7 Resolutions You’ll Want To Stick To[…]

4 Strategies To Reduce Holiday Stress

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And, let’s be honest, kind of stressed. The price of gifts, party prep and extra time with the in-laws can be hair-pulling for you, parents. The holidays can be hard on your kiddo with autism, too. There are lots of things that can unsettle little Ricky: changes in routine, Read more about 4 Strategies To Reduce Holiday Stress[…]

Give The Gift Of Experience

Want to give your kiddo something they’ll fondly remember forever? This holiday, go light on toys – opt for ones that’ll improve their skills and mood – and heavier on adventures. The novelty of stuffed animals and games is short-lived whereas fun experiences get etched in your sweetie’s memory. Think about the things your child goes Read more about Give The Gift Of Experience[…]

Play is a Child’s Work

Playing dress up, tea party, soccer and Hide-and-Seek is as easy as breathing for neurotypical kids. They innately know what to do and nothing makes them happier than games with their friends. That’s not the case for children with autism. For them, playing, especially with pals, isn’t second nature; it’s actually kind of foreign. What’s Read more about Play is a Child’s Work[…]

Simon’s Story: How ABA Has Helped Him Communicate

Simon is really excited about Halloween. For weeks, he’s been pretending to be scary monsters and spooky ghosts, giggling as he tries to scare his ABA therapy team. BOO! ROAR! He asks everyone what they’re going to be for Halloween and shares that he’s dressing up as Super Mario. Such sweet words to hear! Just four Read more about Simon’s Story: How ABA Has Helped Him Communicate[…]

How To Make Halloween Less Scary

When you have autism, there’s a lot more than ghosts and goblins that make Halloween unnerving. The sounds, lights, crowds, crazy costumes and transitions, such as during trick-or-treating, can be very stressful. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be an awful occasion for kids with ASD. Here are a few things you can Read more about How To Make Halloween Less Scary[…]

Terrific Thanksgiving Activities

This Thanksgiving weekend, go jump in a pile of leaves with your little pumpkin. Then, partially cover her in the foliage and play Peek-a-Boo. It’s a hoot! And it’s great way to work on relationship development and joint attention. Here are a few more of our favourite fall activities that foster laughter, learning and social Read more about Terrific Thanksgiving Activities[…]

Individual Education Plan Prep

Every fall, a lot of parents ask us for advice about what to expect from and how to plan for their child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. The process can seem daunting, especially for first-timers. We’ve been involved in countless of them and, truthfully, there’s nothing to sweat. Here are a few suggestions on how Read more about Individual Education Plan Prep[…]

Teach Your Child Joint Attention

Let’s say you’re hanging out with your neighbour, Paul. In your time together, you’ll point out interesting things in the backyard, look at him when he’s commenting on your blooming petunias and make eye contact throughout your game of cards. Joint attention, which is essentially the ability to get, hold and shift attention when you’re Read more about Teach Your Child Joint Attention[…]

Carter’s Story: How ABA Therapy Has Helped Him Thrive

Some kids moan and groan about going back to school. Not Carter: He’s pumped to start Grade 2! We’re excited, too. Just a few years ago, Carter wasn’t able to communicate; now, after a lot of ABA therapy, he’s excelling in the classroom and chatting with peers. Woo hoo! Here are the highlights of his Read more about Carter’s Story: How ABA Therapy Has Helped Him Thrive[…]

Kid Mechanix Opens A NEW Learning Centre 

While we love summer, we can’t wait for September to arrive! That’s when we open the doors to our NEW Learning Centre at First Foundations Children’s Academy in Maple, Ontario! We have something for almost all young learners who need extra support in order to thrive in mainstream classrooms. Our ABA-based programs target areas such as Read more about Kid Mechanix Opens A NEW Learning Centre […]

7 Ways To Help Your Asperger’s Child Understand Emotions

Inside Out, Disney’s new animated flick, is quickly winning over kids and adults. We love it, too. What appeals to us is that the movie brings emotions to life in a way that makes them easier for kids with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism to understand. So watch it once, twice or thrice with your kiddo, then Read more about 7 Ways To Help Your Asperger’s Child Understand Emotions[…]

Tips To Get Your Child To Talk

Is your typically developing toddler (18-24months old) or minimally verbal child with ASD tight-lipped when it comes to speaking? Fret not! There are reliable ways to get your child to talk. We recommend communication temptations, which involve setting up enticing scenarios that encourage words out of your sweetie. The key, moms and dads, is to Read more about Tips To Get Your Child To Talk[…]

The Best Educational Apps For Kids

Have a tablet? Use it to help your kids learn. Since iPads are cool, they’ll be motivated to do their ABCs. Here are the educational apps we like the most, because they’re highly effective and super fun.

The Power Of Positive Reinforcement

Think about the times you’ve been honoured for your contributions at work, gushed over for cooking a delicious meal or high-fived for rocking it at karaoke. Likely, the recognition made you feel awesome and motivated to do more of the same. Positive reinforcement helps bring out the best in all of us, especially children! Focusing on and praising your Read more about The Power Of Positive Reinforcement[…]

Tips And Tools For Tantrum-Free Transitions

Transitions are hard for many kids. Simply ending one activity and beginning a new one can trigger meltdowns. Are you pulling your hair out because Timmy always cries and shrieks when playtime wraps up for snack time? No sweat! Take the stress out of transitions by implementing these easy strategies.  Download: Visual Schedule Checklist Tell Read more about Tips And Tools For Tantrum-Free Transitions[…]

Debunking The Myth: ABA Is Not Just For Autism

We meet a lot of people who assume that, because we’re experts in applied behaviour analysis (ABA), we work exclusively with people on the autism spectrum. In the minds of many, ABA=therapy for autism and nothing else. That’s a myth – one of many misconceptions about ABA – and the truth is that ABA is not Read more about Debunking The Myth: ABA Is Not Just For Autism[…]

Your Guide to Special Needs Camps In Ontario

Don’t delay, plan your child’s summer activities right away! Especially if you want Peter or Polly to attend a special needs camp. The application process can take a while and spots fill up quickly, so the earlier you sign up, the better. Not sure where to send your sweetie for a fun-filled summer? Check out Read more about Your Guide to Special Needs Camps In Ontario[…]

Improve Behaviour With A Behaviour Contract

When your child consistently misbehaves in certain situations – maybe she throws sand at the park or he bolts away from you at the mall – consider putting them on a contract. A written agreement that’s properly drafted can help shape positive behaviour, motivate your child to try their best and teach self-responsibility. Here’s how Read more about Improve Behaviour With A Behaviour Contract[…]

7 Films Featuring Autism

Rain Man is one of the most popular movies featuring autism, but it’s not the only flick worth renting if you want to see ASD in action on the big screen. After the kids are in bed, curl up with a bowl of popcorn and watch one of these good films:

The Power Of ABA: Sebastien’s Story

Sebastien was diagnosed with autism at age 3 in the late 1990s. Back then, applied behavioural analysis (ABA) in the treatment of ASD wasn’t popular like it is today; but his parents decided it was the only therapy that made sense for their son, as he continued to deteriorate and life became more unbearable. The Read more about The Power Of ABA: Sebastien’s Story[…]

5 Activities To Make March Break Memorable

Every child should have a blast during March Break. How are you going to make it epic for your sweetie with special needs? If your calendar is a light on exciting excursions, then fill it up with the following Greater Toronto Area activities. 

Overcoming Autism: Tamar’s Story

Tamar is a 20-year-old who’s majoring in Child and Youth studies at Brock University. She lives with roommates, cooks for herself, socializes with friends, belongs to a club and studies hard just like many other scholars. You’d never guess that she was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Early ABA intervention really helped Tamar transform Read more about Overcoming Autism: Tamar’s Story[…]

Writing Effective Social Stories Is Easy

What are you to do when your child with ASD dances naked in front of company, gets anxious when they make a mistake or doesn’t wash his hands after going to the bathroom? Our suggestion: Read social stories. They can be very effective at teaching self-help, self-soothing and social skills. They can also help your Read more about Writing Effective Social Stories Is Easy[…]

Growing Out Of Autism: Shane’s Story

 Shane, an 18-year-old who was diagnosed with autism at age 2, has made remarkable gains in his life. He’s grown from an anxious child who found it hard to make friends into a young man who’s thriving as a biology student at Trent University. He loves living away from home and has a solid social Read more about Growing Out Of Autism: Shane’s Story[…]

Reading 101

Have a young learner who doesn’t know how to read or is struggling with it? Rather than spend on tutors, help them at home with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

Sensory Overload Simulations

Wished you could wear the shoes of your loved one with ASD to experience what he experiences? Here’s a little insight: Imagine going for a walk and being bombarded by lights and sounds so intense that you can’t help but scream and meltdown. Whoa! Yes, that’s what a stroll down the street can be like Read more about Sensory Overload Simulations[…]

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Presents For Children With Autism

Since the holidays are almost here, we bet that you already have presents ready to give to your young sweetie with autism. But keep on shopping — even just a little bit! Treat your child to one or more of the following fun gifts that help improve their skills or mood.

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Presents for Parents

Parenting a child with special needs is a challenging responsibility that takes endless amounts of effort, time and energy. So, please pamper these hard-working caregivers this holiday season! Here are several thoughtful gifts to give to your very-deserving partner or friends.

Kid Mechanix’s Shira Karpel Earns Her BCBA

We’ve cracked open the bubbly and blown up balloons at Kid Mechanix to celebrate a huge achievement: Shira Karpel, one of our invaluable consultants, has earned her BCBA!

How to Manage Challenging Behaviour – Part 3

If you did the ABC homework we outlined in Part 2, you should have a clearer idea of what is triggering your child’s tantrums and under which category the antecedents (triggers) fall. The next step is to implement the behaviour management strategies that follow. (To find the right strategies for you and your child, look Read more about How to Manage Challenging Behaviour – Part 3[…]

How to Manage Challenging Behaviour – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we outlined the general purpose of negative behaviour. Now, we focus on how to figure out what’s specifically triggering your child.

How to Manage Challenging Behaviour — Part 1

Screaming, hitting, biting, flopping, self-injurious head banging, defiance. Does this sound like a regular Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night (or day, if you’re a teacher) with your youngster? If so, you must be frustrated and exhausted. Challenging behaviour can be so hard to handle, especially if it happens frequently. 

4 Ways To Make Halloween Less Scary For Kids With Autism

When you have autism, there’s a lot more than ghosts and goblins that make Halloween unnerving. The sounds, lights, crowds, crazy costumes and transitions, such as during trick-or-treating, can be very stressful. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be an awful occasion for kids with ASD. Here are a few things you can Read more about 4 Ways To Make Halloween Less Scary For Kids With Autism[…]

Kid Mechanix Launches a New App!!

Kid Mechanix is thrilled to announce the launch of its new app to teach students about Community Helpers and their functions and features. Check it out: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/community-helpers/id814601280?mt=8

Comic Book Hero

Check out this cool new comic for kids with ASD: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/making-a-difference/comic-book-stars-worlds-first-hero-autism-n190321 http://facevaluecomics.com

25 Alternatives to “Good Job”

Behaviour Analysts encourage the use of “behaviour specific praise” vs. “general praise” statements.  This poster does a great job of summarizing some alternatives to “Good job.” http://picklebums.com/2014/07/10/25-alternatives-good-job/

Companies Hire Individuals with ASD

Because of the nature of diagnosis, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are usually less social and more rigid, making them great employees! Social and language impairments are beneficial when tasks need to get done.  Employees with ASD won’t be caught socializing around the water cooler, nor will they be surfing Facebook instead of working.  Also, Read more about Companies Hire Individuals with ASD[…]

Help! My child does not listen to me!!!

These two articles are great refreshers! http://www.ahaparenting.com/_blog/Parenting_Blog/post/Obedience_Why_Do_You_Have_To_Tell_Them_Five_Times/ http://www.ahaparenting.com/_blog/Parenting_Blog/post/10_Secrets_Every_Parent_Needs_to_Know_about_Saying_No/

TED Talk – A second opinion on developmental disorders

Wow, check out this TEDTalk.  What amazing technology! Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on developmental disorders http://on.ted.com/j0Ee4

Meeting of the Minds…

Here’s a great group for all of you public transit enthusiasts in the GTA: http://www.meetup.com/Public-Transportation-Enthusiasts-of-Toronto/ This is a great social opportunity for young adults who may usually be less than social to enjoy great conversation about transit systems all over the world.

Talking to Children About Their Diagnosis

Here’s an interesting article from The New York Times: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/talking-to-children-about-their-disabilities-with-metaphors-and-minecraft/?_php=true&_type=blogs&emc=edit_tnt_20140513&nlid=39278382&tntemail0=y&_r=0

Help! My child received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Ontario government has published an Autism Parent Resource Kit that may be useful to parents of children who have just received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/documents/topics/specialneeds/autism/aprk/Autism_Parent_Resource_Kit.pdf   Additionally, Autism Speaks has a 100-day tool kit that is available for free for parents. http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit 100 Day Kit Includes: a)      Autism diagnosis, causes, and Read more about Help! My child received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.[…]

TED talk

Wendy Chung: Autism – What we know (and what we don’t know yet) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wKlMcLTqRLs

Managing Challenging Behaviour Workshop

Shayna Gaunt will be conducting a workshop in Toronto on Thursday February 27, 2014.  For further details and registration, click on the following link: http://dsat.ca/easyblog/entry/managing-challenging-behaviour-february-27th

Interesting New Research

There are no long term studies done yet, but this may be the way of the future for some individuals. http://gulfnews.com/1.1254589   Also interesting in brain news… http://abcnews.go.com/Health/eegs-someday-diagnose-autism/story?id=16646255

Using an ipad to increase communication

http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/technology/maximizing-use-ipad?utm_source=social-media&utm_medium=text-link&utm_campaign=espeaks

Punishment and Parenting

Parents’ harsh words may make teen behaviour worse… http://aubreydaniels.com/blog/2013/11/20/punishment-parenting-safety/

Resources from OAR

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) has developed the following research-based materials: The Kit for Kids (free): This kit is designed to teach elementary and middle school students about their peers with autism.  http://www.researchautism.org/resources/KitforKidsResource.asp The Aspergers DVD Series ($5): The purpose of this DVD is to educate college professors (and others) about what it’s like to be a Read more about Resources from OAR[…]

Behaviour Change Through Positive Attention

The first step to changing behaviour is ATTENTION to POSITIVE behaviour – so get started today and increase your repertoire of positive praise! Here’s a great tip from educator, Micheal Maloney: Take a pencil.  Write down as many ways as you can praise a child in a one-minute period.  What’s your number?  The standard is approximately Read more about Behaviour Change Through Positive Attention[…]

Detecting Early Signs of Autism

Interesting new research on the early diagnosis of autism: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/06/study-signs-of-autism-may-show-up-as-early-as-first-month/

Positive Parenting Solutions

I love this!!! http://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/parenting/end-child-nagging-negotiating-with-just-three-simple-words

Brain – Gut Connection?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/18/244526773/gut-bacteria-might-guide-the-workings-of-our-minds?utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20131124&utm_source=mostemailed

How to Write a Social Story/Social Script

Here’s the best summary: http://fraser.org/Fraser/media/Assets/pdfs/Writing-a-Social-Script.pdf

5 Misconceptions About LD

A must read! http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/03/five-misconceptions-about-learning-disabilities.html

25 Clever Classroom Tips for Teachers

Just in time for back to school! http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/clever-classroom-tips-for-elementary-school-teachers?s=mobile

People with Disabilities – Best Workers?

http://www.salon.com/2013/08/07/americans_with_disabilities_may_be_the_best_workers_who_cant_get_jobs_newscred/

Jobs for people with autism?

German software firm SAP says it wants to hire hundreds of people with autism to work as programmers and testers for its products. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/05/22/business-autism-sap.html

Developmental Milestones

We are often asked what is developmentally appropriate for children.  The following website contains great information re: developmental milestones.  (Note: We also consult developmental milestones when developing ABA programs to ensure that our programming is developmentally appropriate) http://www.theroadmap.ualberta.ca/home If you have concerns re: your child’s development, contact your family doctor or developmental pediatrician.

What it’s like to live with autism – from a 9-year old

http://www.saultstar.com/2013/02/15/nine-year-old-tells-school-what-its-like-to-live-with-autism

Great iPad Apps

Below are some companies that have great learning apps: Kindergarten.com Grasshopper apps Superduperinc.com Remember that all learning apps should be supervised by an adult to ensure program integrity. Here’s a link to some other great iPad/iPod/iPhone apps: http://blog.autismspectrumdirectory.com/2011/01/14/ipad-ipod-touch-and-iphone-apps-non-verbal-communication-and-social-skills-by-picture/