ABA Therapy Blog

10
Sep

ABA Tips for Parents-Fading Prompts

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst “Prompts help behavior occurs so that the teacher can provide reinforcement.”-Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 1987 What is prompting? Prompting in ABA therapy refers to providing assistance or cues to encourage your child to use specific skills to complete tasks. Prompting your child encourages them to perform a task until they

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11
Aug

ABA Tips for Parents -Teaching Alternative Behaviors

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst “To change any behavior, we have to slow down and act intentionally rather than from habit and impulse.” – Henna Inam, Wired for Authenticity: Seven Practices to Inspire, Adapt, & Lead How to teach Alternative Behaviors In applied behavioral analysis treatment, your child’s target behaviors will be identified and chosen

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8
Jul

ABA Tips for Parents-Functional Play Skills

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” -Fred Rogers Functional Play Skills in ABA The main intended goal throughout your child’s treatment is for them to achieve functional communication and independence. Teaching functional play skills is

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9
Jun

ABA Tips for Parents-Picture Exchange Communication

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst What is Picture Exchange Communication? In early intervention services, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) is a functional form of communication taught and used by children with little to no communication abilities. PECS is taught to the child by approaching another person and giving them a picture of the desired item

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5
May

ABA Tips for Parents Alternative Behavior Strategies

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst What are alternative behavior strategies? In applied behavioral analysis treatment, your child will receive many evidence-based interventions to increase their independence and ability to function in their environment meaningfully. The intervention of teaching alternative behaviors is looking at the skills and behaviors your child already possesses and shaping them into

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9
Apr

ABA Tips for Parents Four Functions of Behavior

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst In order to significantly implement appliedbehavioral analysis, it is most important toidentify the purpose of the displayedbehavior your child engages in. Identifyingthe function of their behavior helps us toprevent problem behavior and teach betterways to have their needs met and ensureconsistency across all environments.Understanding the function of the behavior isimportant

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4
Mar

ABA Tips for Parents Generalization

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst What is generalization? The term Generalization in ABA is the process of taking a skill learned in one setting (e.g., home) and applying it in other settings (e.g., daycare/school). It may also be used to define the process of taking one skill and applying it in a different way (e.g.,

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3
Feb

ABA Tips for Parents Negative Reinforcement

Written by Alana George, BS Clinical Psychology, RBT Student Analyst What is Negative Reinforcement? 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

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4
Jan

ABA Tips for Parents Positive Reinforcement

Written by Alana George What is Positive Reinforcement? At ABA Therapy Solutions we take pride in focusing on your child’s individual strengths and positive behaviors. Positive reinforcement is a strategy in which reinforcement is given immediately following a behavior. In simplest terms, when the child displays positive behavior, the child is rewarded. This reinforcement is given in order to increase

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1
Jan

Mom of Autistic Boy Writes ‘Thank You’ Blog to Little Girl Classmate Who ‘Likes Him Just the Way He Is’

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

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