Up Close And Personal With How to ABA Co-Founder Shayna Gaunt

On paper, Shayna Gaunt – she’s the co-founder of How to ABA and the director of Kid Mechanix – is an all-star. Her resume is extensive and impressive; she’s an incredible BCBA. And in person, she’s even better. She gives 110 percent to every client she works with and every therapist she trains. Her energy and smile are contagious! If you haven’t already, we hope you get the chance to meet Shayna soon. In the meantime, here’s a little more about the woman behind How to ABA. […]

Simon’s Story Part 2: How ABA Has Helped Him Soar

ABAoutdoors.largeRemember Simon?  The kiddo is going through a tremendous growth spurt! Along with getting taller, the 8-year-old with autism is making monumental social, behavioural and academic gains. He’s blossoming into a humorous, mild-mannered chatterbox who reads like a pro and loves to play games with his peers. One of his favourites: Zombie tag with the kids at summer camp. Thrilled with his progress, his parents asked us to update his story here: […]

Simple Ways to Speed Up Your Morning Routine

morningroutine.largeAre weekday mornings before 8 am the most stressful part of your day? Do you run out of the house without breakfast, make up half done and your hair sideways? I can completely relate! On weekends, my 4-year-old would wake up sweet-as-sugar, get dressed and go to the bathroom independently. But come Monday morning, she seemed to forget all that (you’d swear she couldn’t do anything by herself); and, as such, getting her fed, dressed, packed for school – and myself prepped and presentable for work – and out the door on time felt harder than juggling eight balls at once. It was frazzling!

Things have changed, though. Now we move more quickly; our morning routine is more efficient, more likeable and  less stressful. We even get out the door on time (usually)! The secret to our success is in these easy strategies. Put them to practice, parents, and I promise your mornings will speed up, too.  […]

The Power And Importance Of Parent Training

Is your kiddo with autism calm and compliant in therapy yet unruly at home? It’s quite a common scenario and one that’s easy enough to fix. The remedy: Parent training. When you know how to handle troublesome behaviour the way Kevin’s ABA team does, you’ll notice positive changes in his demeanor at home. That’s a promise! Read more about The Power And Importance Of Parent Training[…]

Simon’s Story: How ABA Has Helped Him Communicate

ABA+communication375Simon is really excited about Halloween. For weeks, he’s been pretending to be scary monsters and spooky ghosts, giggling as he tries to scare his ABA therapy team. BOO! ROAR! He asks everyone what they’re going to be for Halloween and shares that he’s dressing up as Super Mario. Such sweet words to hear! Just four years ago, Simon was nearly non-verbal and had a lot of tantrums; and now, after a few years of ABA, he’s an enthusiastic talker with a great sense of humour. Here are the highlights of his story. […]

The Power Of ABA: Sebastien’s Story

sebastien350Sebastien was diagnosed with autism at age 3 in the late 1990s. Back then, applied behavioural analysis (ABA) in the treatment of ASD wasn’t popular like it is today; but his parents decided it was the only therapy that made sense for their son, as he continued to deteriorate and life became more unbearable. The choice was good: Sebastien, now 21, has achieved many milestones because of ABA. […]

Overcoming Autism: Tamar’s Story

tamar350Tamar is a 20-year-old who’s majoring in Child and Youth studies at Brock University. She lives with roommates, cooks for herself, socializes with friends, belongs to a club and studies hard just like many other scholars. You’d never guess that she was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Early ABA intervention really helped Tamar transform from a timid caterpillar into a confident butterfly. Here, she shares the highs and lows of her journey. […]

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Presents for Parents

parentgiftguide350Parenting a child with special needs is a challenging responsibility that takes endless amounts of effort, time and energy. So, please pamper these hard-working caregivers this holiday season! Here are several thoughtful gifts to give to your very-deserving partner or friends. […]

How to Manage Challenging Behaviour – Part 3

tantrum350If you did the ABC homework we outlined in Part 2, you should have a clearer idea of what is triggering your child’s tantrums and under which category the antecedents (triggers) fall. The next step is to implement the behaviour management strategies that follow. (To find the right strategies for you and your child, look under the applicable antecedent category.) As you’re doing so, remember to reinforce every time Tina or Thomas acts appropriately. Consistent and frequent praise goes a long way in shaping positive behaviour. […]