Amanda is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who has 8 years of experience working with children with special needs. Starting as an ESE teacher, she became interested in her student’s behavior needs. She then obtained her Master’s in Arts degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in Applied Behavior Analysis. Amanda has experience working with students with varying exceptionalities, specializing in emotional behavior disorders. Read more
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of Valentine’s Day, from the ancient Roman ritual of Lupercalia that welcomed spring to the card-giving customs of Victorian England. Read more
Last month we discussed positive reinforcement. We understand that the use of reinforcement is significant in increasing a target behavior. Negative reinforcement is a method in which something uncomfortable or otherwise unpleasant is taken away in response to a stimulus. Over time, the target behavior should increase with the expectation that the unpleasant thing will be taken away. The most common misconception of negative reinforcement is defining the term as a punishment. Negative reinforcement is not a punishment. Read more
Mom of Autistic Boy Writes “Thank you” Blog
Kate, a stay-at-home mom who lives in Colorado with her kids and husband, Steve, is continually inspired by their three children, all of whom have special needs. Having struggled with judgment from others toward her differently abled kids, Kate was touched when a little girl at her son Nicholas’s kindergarten took a shine to him. The little girl, said Kate, “likes him just the way he is.” Nicholas, aged 5, and the little girl, whom Kate calls “E” to protect her privacy, met at kindergarten in 2020. Read more