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?[…]

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[…]

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 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[…]

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[…]

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!)[…]

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[…]