Welcome to the How to ABA Podcast
We are so excited to bring you an ABA podcast for autism professionals. We are both BCBAs with over 20 years of experience and we want to share that experience with you! Our ABA podcast focuses on practical advice for professionals to save you time so you can focus more on doing what you love: working with clients!
Whether you are new to the world of ABA or are a seasoned professional that’s looking for new resources or a fresh perspective, you’re in the right place! Listen to our latest ABA podcast episodes by clicking on a post below!
Play is a skill that a lot of our learners need to be taught. It doesn’t come as naturally to kids with autism or other developmental delays. Here, we discuss how to teach play and the best way to help learners develop these critical skills. We also discuss play teaching best practices, closed and open-ended play activities, and how to use play scripts.
Incidental teaching is a strategy that uses ABA principles to provide structured learning opportunities in the natural environment. Here, we discuss some common misconceptions around incidental teaching and how to use the concept appropriately. We also discuss the differences between incidental teaching and natural environmental teaching and provide tips on how to contrive learning opportunities.
Precision teaching, or fluency-based instruction, is a system of teaching in ABA that utilizes exact measurements and data to guide instruction and curricula choices. Here, we discuss what it looks like when put into practice and how to define fluency. We discuss all the ways to use fluency, including social skills like commenting. We also talk about how to make precision teaching less complicated and more fun.
BCBA Steve Ward has been working as a behavior analyst since the mid-1990’s. As the lead behavior analyst for a center school, Steve conducted more than 100 functional assessments and wrote behavior plans to address a wide range of behaviors. He has also worked as a consultant, where he designed programming on how to teach… Read More »Episode 097: Assessing and Teaching Good Learner Repertoires with Steve Ward
When a student moves into a more intermediate requesting phase, we often focus on pre-academic skills and forget to expand their manding repertoire. Here, we dive into the kinds of skills we should be teaching at the intermediate level for requesting. We discuss how to determine a student’s needs, how to teach different requests, and more.
Shane Finkelstein is one of Shana’s original ABA clients from 20 years ago and is here to talk about his experience with autism. Here, he shares his favorite aspects of ABA, especially weekend outings, which helped him form healthy relationships and thrive in social settings. We also talked to Shane about the skills he’s currently working on and his experience in the workforce.