We get a lot of questions around parent training and how to best approach it, and here, we’re sharing some tips and best practices. We discuss how to establish a foundation with parents and how to get to know the family’s unique routines and habits. Our conversation also includes how to help parents achieve easy wins with their kids, how to leverage behavior skills training, and why it’s important to start small and build rapport.
‘Wh questions’ – who, what, where, when, why, and how – are the building blocks of conversation. How often have we asked a student, “Where… Read More »‘Wh Questions’ in ABA: A Comprehensive Guide
An important part of our jobs as ABA professionals is to communicate with supervisors, parents, co-workers, and stakeholders. Here, we discuss giving and receiving feedback and how to approach those interactions appropriately. We also talk about common communication obstacles, what to do if you feel defensive when receiving feedback, and tips for communicating with parents.
Being a fantastic ABA instructor goes way beyond the duties listed on the job description. Here, we cover the qualities that help you move from good to great. We discuss how to stay open to feedback and how to deliver it to others. We also talk about the importance of being detail-oriented, using your intuition and thinking on your feet, and how to be fun and creative.
We should all be aware of what an appropriate level of professionalism is and how we can show it in our roles as ABA therapists, RBTs, and paraprofessionals. Here, we define professionalism and how to put together a professional appearance. We also talk about showing professionalism towards families, how to maintain boundaries with coworkers and clients, and the importance of communicating effectively.
As ABA professionals, communicating with parents and making sure they feel comfortable with us is a key skill to master. Here, we provide insights and guidance into how to do this effectively. We discuss how to place parameters and boundaries around parental communication and how to maintain a balance. We also talk about how to keep things simple, how to communicate changes in scheduling or staffing, and more.
Getting back into the routine of a new school year isn’t always easy. Here, we discuss the best ways to help our learners with autism transition back to school. We discuss how to help kids get used to routines throughout the school day, adjusted schedules, the importance of a good communication system, and when to introduce behavior plans.
As ABA professionals, we should be teaching joint attention to children with autism. It encourages social engagement; a way for the child to bring others into his or her world. So how can we teach this important skill?
Erin Porter is a family autism coach from Ontario, Canada who supports parents who have newly diagnosed children with autism. Erin shares her thoughts on the major gaps and challenges she sees. Some of the challenges start before the diagnosis, including how to talk to doctors. We also talk to Erin about how she assists parents through her Guided Autism Program.
All behavior is communication, and they’re two sides of the same coin. Functional communication, or FCT, is a way to decrease problem behavior through teaching effective communication skills. Here, we discuss where to start when teaching mands, how to collect data, and how to avoid developing chains of responses by using transfer trials.