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How to Teach Children to Wait

All kids have trouble waiting for things that they want. They even have trouble waiting in line at the grocery store. Waiting is a huge skill. So once our learners have mastered some early instructions, like come here or sit down, then we typically start working on the skill of responding to waiting. Today’s topic is all about how to teach children to wait.

Working with Parents As a BCBA

Many of us are trained on how to work with individuals on the autism spectrum but not working with parents as a BCBA. Let’s talk about that.

Best Books for BCBAs

There is a lot of literature on autism and ABA out there. We’ve got some great recommendations for you. A few weeks ago, we were at a conference that had an ABA bookstore. I am like a little kid in a candy shop when it comes to ABA books. So today we’re going over some of the best books for BCBAs. 

What is ABA Chaining and How Do We Use It?

We often talk about breaking skills down into smaller steps to be able to teach our learners. But once they’re broken down, how do we teach them? Where do we go from here? Today’s topic is all about ABA chaining.

what does a bcba do

What Does a BCBA Do?

We’ve been in the field of ABA a long time. But let’s review the basics. What does a BCBA do? When I first got into the field of ABA, my mother thought that I babysat kids with autism. I’ve always been told that I need a good elevator pitch. If someone asks you what you do, an elevator pitch would be something like a 30 second synopsis that you would tell somebody in an elevator before they got out on the third floor.

Why is the Premack Principle Important?

The Premack Principle is one of the first things that I look for in a student. So we’re going to talk about why it’s so important. For example, if money is reinforcing, we are more likely to do our jobs if we get paid. It’s the same for the kids that we work with. We refer to this as the first/then contingency, which is another term for Premack Principle.

Negative Reinforcement vs Punishment

Negative reinforcement vs punishment can be confusing terms in ABA. Do you know the difference? These are some of those terms that people mix up all the time. But today, we’re going to talk a little bit more about what those terms really mean and how they should be used.