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Episode 088: All About Matching with Dr. Alan Schnee

Dr. Alan Schnee is joining us to talk all about matching and how to teach this skill. Dr. Schnee is a Ph.D., BCBA-D, consultant, author, and speaker. He began his career in the early 90s in the Boston area, where he trained as a pediatric psychologist. A colleague and friend of his had a son on the autism spectrum. She brought in consultants to work with her son who worked in the field of ABA. His progress astounded her.  The experience inspired Dr. Schnee and his colleague to jump into the world of ABA. It makes a huge difference in the lives of children and their families when professionals apply ABA tools well.

Why are we talking about matching?  It seems like such a mundane and boring topic.  But in reality, it involves skills such as being able compare objects, scanning, short-term memory, and shifting attention which are all essential skills for our learners.  Then we can use matching as a skill to build other skills! As professionals, we often teach simple matching skills to our students to help with language learning. But it can also be used as a vehicle to teach many other things.  Dr. Schnee discusses how to use matching to build social awareness and develop better executive function. He also walks through several real-life examples, including when to introduce higher-level matching techniques, how BCBAs can incorporate more creative thinking in our programs, and more.

What’s Inside:

  • How matching can be used to build other skills.
  • How and when to introduce higher-level matching techniques.
  • How to incorporate more creative thinking in our programs.
  • Why it’s important to be super-aware of our learners.

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