Manding With ‘Wh Questions’

Many of our students struggle with initiating language and conversation.  This is why there is usually a strong emphasis on manding and requesting in an ABA program.  Teaching them to ask for things that they want builds a relationship of communication between the child and others. Basic manding teaches a child to ask for tings Read more about Manding With ‘Wh Questions’[…]

Expanding Language Skills – Part 2

In our last blog post, we discussed expanding language to 2-3 word phrases using verbs and attributes. In this post, we will discuss expanding language even further using one of our favourite materials – sequencing cards. There are various sequencing skills that the ABLLS assessment touches upon: visual performance of putting picture sequences in order Read more about Expanding Language Skills – Part 2[…]

Expanding Language Skills – Part 1

When working with a student who is just acquiring language, we spend a lot of time teaching how to answer questions.  “What does a dog say?” “What’s your name?” “What’s this?” “What do you do with a shoe?” The answers to these questions are often simple 1-word answers, which is a great place to be Read more about Expanding Language Skills – Part 1[…]

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)[…]

Function Over Form: Functional Communication Training

Behaviour is communication.  It is our students’ way of telling us how they feel or what they need. Behaviour can have many different forms but what it looks like is not as important as what it’s trying to tell us.  The function of the behaviour is the part that tells us WHY the behaviour is Read more about Function Over Form: Functional Communication Training[…]

Too Much of a Good Thing?

If you could have an endless supply of one item – what would it be?  Mine would be chocolate. I don’t think I could get sick of it.  But there are other things I would get sick of in endless supply. Most things that we love are so special because they have to be earned Read more about Too Much of a Good Thing?[…]

Transitions: 4 Tips to Prevent Meltdowns

A child’s life is full of transitions.  They go from their bed to the car to school to the playground, etc… For some children, this can be extremely difficult and transitions can be when teachers and caregivers tend to see a lot of negative behaviour. Why is this? Most of the time, it’s due to Read more about Transitions: 4 Tips to Prevent Meltdowns[…]

How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract

There are a lot of tools in my BCBA tool box that I use regularly to help shape positive behaviour. A behaviour contract is one of my go-tos for learners who are able to wait for delayed reinforcement. When implementing, it’s important that the learner understands what behaviours are being reinforced even if they’re not accessing Read more about How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract[…]

Tackle Big Skills In Baby Steps

child lacing close-upTrying to teach Julie some of the targets we dished about in How To Foster Independence Skills  and How To Teach Your Young Child Self Care Skills with not much success? No sweat! The solution to the struggle: Task analysis and chaining. Some kiddos are unable to learn how to brush their teeth or put on their clothes when the skill is taught as a whole or in large pieces. This is when task analysis becomes a big help. It’s the process of breaking a complex skill into small components that are a lot easier for Julie to grasp and attain. Chaining is the act of sequentially teaching those baby steps. We swear by these techniques, having taught countless clients with developmental disorders how to care for themselves independently. […]