Following Through with Instruction

Often children with ASD demonstrate high rates of non-compliance. Following through with instructions is an important skill that we really want our kiddos to learn. Not because we want them to listen to everything we say or do, or not make decisions for themselves, we love it when our kiddos make decisions for themselves, but Read more about Following Through with Instruction[…]

What is Reinforcement?

Reinforcement is one of the most powerful strategies available for teaching your client.  A reinforcer is anything that your client enjoys (praise, hugs, candy, preferred toys, etc.) that when provided following the occurrence of a behavior increases the probability that the behavior will increase or happen again.  For example, a child points to a cookie.  Read more about What is Reinforcement?[…]

Types of Reinforcement and Punishment

In this post, we are going to take you back to ABA 101.  Why?  Because getting these reinforcement and punishment 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 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[…]

How to Keep a Child’s Motivation 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’s Motivation in ABA[…]

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[…]

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)[…]