“I Can Identify Saturn but I Can’t Brush My Teeth: What Happens When the curricular Focus for Students with Severe Disabilities Shifts” (Ayres, Lowrey, Douglas, & Sievers (2011) – In this article, the authors take on the hot-button issue of standards-based curriculum vs. functional curriculum for students with severe disabilities.

“Letters to a Lawyer” (Baer, 2005) – This book chapter contains a collection of affidavits by Baer as an expert witness. In his affidavits, Baer describes the requirements and the potential of ABA as an educational treatment for children with autism.

“The Role of the Reflexive-Conditioned Motivating Operation (CMO-R) During Discrete Trial Instruction of Children with Autism” (Carbone, Morgenstern, Kolberg, & Zecchin-Tirri, 2010) – In this article, the authors provide an overview of antecedent-based instructional modifications that lead to a reduction of escape and avoidance behavior of children with autism during discrete trial instruction (DTI) (Carbone et al., 2010).

“The Benefits of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior for Children with Autism”(Sundberg & Michael, 2001) – Sundberg and Michael discuss the possibility for children with autism to make further gains by utilizing Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior as a basis for assessment and intervention.

“The Top 10 Reasons Children with Autism Deserve ABA”(Walsh, 2009) – Using a “Top Ten List” format paired with humorous stories and anecdotes surrounding her own son, Mary Beth Walsh discusses the many benefits of ABA for children with autism.

“Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder” (Wong, Odom, Hume, Cox, Fettig, Kucharczyk, & Schultz, 2013) – In this report, the National Professional Development Center on ASD (NPDC) identified twenty-seven evidence-based practices for individuals with autism. Fact sheets for each intervention are included as an appendix Type your paragraph here.

What to look for when selecting a Preschool for an ASD child:

Intentional strategies to increase social engagement and guide varied functional play development
Encourage/facilitate interactive (play that involves others) play more than object (interacting with toys/inanimate objects) play

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Parents' Rights under IDEA

This article is based on the Parents' Rights under IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which is a US Federal Law.
IDEA includes specific rights for parents of children with disabilities, these rights......Read more

What to look for in your Child at ages 2, 3, 4 and 5

What most children do at these ages?

Act Early by talking to your child’s doctor if your Child displays any of these behaviours............Read more
What IS Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

ABA IS representational of a clear and systematic way to describe, observe, & measure behavior

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Always Be Pairing

The idea behind pairing is that you will establish and maintain a positive relationship with the child by pairing yourself with preferred items or activities. Pairing is important not only in.....................Read more

1. Discrete trial teaching is a specific methodology used to maximize learning.
2. It is a teaching process used to develop most skills, including cognitive, communication, play, social and self-help skills.
3. It is a strategy used for all ages and populations.

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The Four Fundamental Mistakes in ABA

The Four Fundamental Mistakes to Watch for in ABA Therapy (in order of importance, #1 being most important) 1) Not reinforcing a behavior
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Applied Behavior Analysis

“Applied behavior analysis is the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate experimentally that the procedures employed were responsible for the improvement in behavior” (Cooper, Heron & Heward, 1987, p.14)