Successful toilet training is one of the most useful and (likely) socially significant skills we can teach our students with autism. Having trouble with or feeling timid about transitioning your student with autism from diapers to the toilet? Fret not! Follow the steps in this blog post– it’s the approach we’ve used for many years to successfully toilet train our students.
What motivates you? I know for myself any kind of hazelnut chocolate is a favorite. But what happens when I am sick of chocolate? I have my back up motivators – like sour candies, pretzels, cookies, and more! Not everyone can tell us what motivates them, and sometimes what we think will motivate us does not do the trick. This is why we have preference assessments.
Data collection is a big part of what we do. We are bound to make data-driven decisions and update or revise programs based on what the data tell us. However, it is possible to be so consumed with data that it interferes with learning. How well can a person engage and think on their feet when they’re preoccupied with data collection?
There are so many terms in ABA that it can be hard to keep track. We love our acronyms. One that often gets confused is verbal behavior (VB). So what is verbal behavior?
When a lot of people hear the term, “ABA”, they think it only includes teaching at the table with discrete trials. This is not true. ABA has expanded to incorporate many, many different teaching procedures, including natural environment teaching (NET). Today, we’re talking all about how to incorporate natural environment teaching in ABA into our practice.
Shaping procedures in ABA are used to teach children new skills in small increments one step at a time. But what are the best ways to implement shaping and how can we use it to benefit our learners?
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?
Does your client have rights? The overwhelming answer to this question should be YES!! However, many of us still have written into our behavior plans, “Ignore the student” or “Don’t let the student escape.” Client assent and client dignity are extremely important in the world of ABA and education. But what does this look like? What does it mean for our clients?
Teaching social skills and learning from the natural environment are two main goals in ABA. so how can we use ABA in a preschool classroom to target these goals?