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 or by himself and have a job he really enjoys. It is our job to help set our students and families up for success in the future.  In order to do this, we need to start grooming their independence skills when they are young. We want to help ensure that our clients will be proficient at taking care of themselves to the best of their abilities by the time they are grown up and ready to leave home.

Once a student is a pro with beginner’s self-care tasks, incrementally delve into the more advanced targets that follow. If your kiddo struggles with learning life skills, then be sure to employ the recommended teaching tools and tips. […]

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 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[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

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[…]