1. Extinction Bursts: What can we do to prevent them

      This may sound strange, but when your child first begins Applied Behavioral Analyses therapy (ABA), their behavior will get worse before it gets better. This probably means more tantrums and more household disruption than you currently have now – and a bunch of headaches! But if you ever want to help your child to function without ‘negative’ behavior— as painful as it is— you have to ride it out. What is an Extinction Procedure? An extinction procedure is when you don’t re-enforce a behavior you are trying to change. This doesn’t always mean ignoring the child; it could be…Read More

  2. ABA therapy uses ABC method to re-enforce positive behavior

      Applied behavioral analyses therapy uses the ABC model (Antecedent, Behavior and Consequence) to change negative behaviors and re-enforce positive ones. I spoke last week about changing the Antecedent – what happens before a behavior. But there is another way to help solidify and change behavior and that is the consequence. As people we often engage in behavior to get the outcome we want. -        Everyone at some point tries to attain attention, stimulation, material possessions or control over something. -        Everyone at some point also tries to avoid situations su…Read More

  3. How to see the signs of an Antecedent

      Applied behavioral analyses therapy  (ABA) applies a tool that behavioral analyses use called ABC – Antecedent, behavior, consequence. This is a technique used in many behavioral therapies and is the foundation of why we do what we do, as human beings. Every single parent has a behavior that we would like to change in our child, even if they aren’t Autistic. We wish they would put their socks away, not tantrum, go to bed on time or do their homework without being asked. As parents we negotiate, punish and set boundaries to help our child achieve the behaviors they need once they en…Read More

  4. If Your Child Has Aggression Along with Autism, Then Here Are Some Reasons to Why.

    Aggression in Autistic children is common, but it can be an embarrassing thing to deal with – even for the child. Aggression interferes with so much; from school, to play dates and sadly sibling relationships. There are many reasons a child with Autism might act out by pinching, biting, shoving or hitting. They may feel stressed; if their routine is off, or they are in a place that triggers sensory issues Aggression could be the only way they have to communicate right now They could be trying to get out of a situation with an adult or child, or avoiding something they don’t want to do They…Read More

  5. Verbal Behavioral Therapy Works and Just Because A Child Is Non-Verbal Doesn’t Mean There Is No Hope.

    Verbal Behavior (VB) therapy is a branch of Applied Behavioral Analyses therapy (ABA); it helps non-verbal children to become vocal and use words with meaning. Having a child who is non-verbal is scary, for both the child and the parents involved, but there is hope even if your child is severely delayed. Recently a study showed that children, who cannot speak by the age of four, can learn how to speak – something that was deemed unlikely. The study can be found here. B.F. Skinner was a famous psychologist who wrote a book on verbal behavior and developed many of the theories that ABA is bas…Read More

  6. Find Out How Natural Environment Training Works and Be Applied Every Day

    Natural Environment Training (NET) is part of Applied Behavioral Analyses therapy (ABA). NET works with the natural environment around the child and moves learning from a desk to the real world; something that ABA promotes. This is fantastic for generalization and promoting skills that have already been taught. NET also works with natural motivators; these are toys and objects around the home (or therapy office) that the child would like to play with or use. This technique isn’t about the traditional sit-down and learn, it focuses on the child’s ability to learn whilst they play. NET is a …Read More

  7. 10 Facts You Must Know About Applied Behavioral Analyses

    Applied Behavioral Analyses therapy (ABA) is a fantastic therapy for Autistic children, to help them keep up with peers, learn life skills and develop into happier adults. Here are ten remarkable facts you might not know about ABA. ABA continues to be researched and practiced, for more than 35 years. The original name of the therapy was Behavioral Modification, which goes back even further to the early 1900’s. ABA therapy is supported by the Association for Science in Autism Research, the Surgeon General and the National Institute of Health. This therapy can be performed at any age, but work…Read More

  8. Is Your Child Sync with ABA Therapy and School? If Not Here Are Some Tools You Can Use to Get ABA Therapy and School Aligned.

    Applied Behavioral Analyses therapy (ABA) helps to change behaviors that hinder your child’s development – when they have a diagnosis of Autism and other similar issues. But this therapy alone will not push your child to the heights of their learning abilities. It’s important that all areas of the child’s life are in sync – which is why it’s great to have an ABA therapist willing to be in contact and work with schools. All Therapists Should be in Sync with ABA Some schools provide OT, speech and other services that help improve your child’s quality of life, but they have the luxu…Read More

  9. The Benefits of Getting Your Autistic Child ABA Services Before the Age of Three.

    If you’re a parent of a child who has recently received a diagnosis of Autism under the age of 2, you will consider what therapies can help them. After all, they may not be verbal right now, they may have little comprehension of the world around them – you may wonder how on earth anyone could teach them socialization and if therapy is even worth it. I know I had many of those thoughts myself; especially since many parents spend countless hours trying to teach my Autistic sons skills with little progress. One of the first therapies you will likely hear about is Applied Behavioral Analyses (…Read More

  10. Find Out How Rote Learning Allows Children to Comprehend Without Boring or Upsetting Them

    Often Analytical Behavioral Therapy (ABA) uses tools every child needs to learn and intensifies them for the Autistic child. This can look strange when you watch a session, but when you understand the underlying reasons it makes total sense. There are many different ways this can be seen, but one way is with Rote learning. Many children learn through the process of Rote learning; Rote learning is the act of memorizing. Sometimes with Analytical Behavioral Therapy (ABA) things are repeated to our child many times, over and over again in the first stage of learning to facilitate Rote learning. I…Read More