Teaching Verbal Requesting

The ability to use communication to get basic needs met is of major importance to our students. Verbal requesting (AKA: manding) is a skill that we emphasize from the beginner all the way through to the advanced learner.  It is an underlying theme taught in direct instruction, in NET and in play.  Requesting should remain Read more about Teaching Verbal Requesting[…]

How to Keep a Child’s Motivation in ABA

One of the common concerns we get from parents and therapists is that the child isn’t motivated for anything.  Why is this important, you ask?  Well, because in an ABA program, we rely on motivation to get things done.  It’s the “then” in the “first/then”.  It’s the reward at the end of the token board.  Read more about How to Keep a Child’s Motivation in ABA[…]

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[…]

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?[…]

Classroom Reinforcement Systems That Work

Too often, my sons come home complaining that they lost their recess time because classmates were behaving badly. This is one of my pet peeves as a parent, former teacher and BCBA. Recess is non-contingent reinforcement and I believe it should NOT be earned or lost. Generally, removing outdoor time does not improve behaviour – kids Read more about Classroom Reinforcement Systems That Work[…]

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[…]

Reinforcement & Bribery: Is There A Difference?

reinforcementvsbribery.largeA core tool that we use in ABA is positive reinforcement. It’s one of the best ways to shape better behaviour! Yet, plenty of people confuse it with giving bribes and, as such, are quick to dismiss it. Let’s clear the air, so we’re all on the same page. Bribery is not a synonym for reinforcement! Here’s our take on how the two differ. […]