All posts tagged applied behavior analysis

What to Look for in an Autism Treatment Provider

As you begin to research options for autism treatment provider, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider as you make this incredibly important decision. What are your “must haves”? You are going to have a long-term relationship with the autism treatment provider you choose. It’s critical that this be a good match – for the both of you. Stop and take a good hard look at your child’s needs, your family’s goals and your overall circumstances. For example, you might prioritize that your child is seen at a specific time. Your circumstances…

The Shadow Debate: Is Shadowing Right for My Child?

Sending any child to school can be a stressful time for parents. How will he or she get along with the other children? How will he or she react to the order and discipline imposed by someone other than mom or dad? These questions – and many others – can loom even larger for the parents of a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum, which is why many may consider the possibility of a shadow, or helper, for their child during the school day.   But is a shadow at school the right option for every child?   Consider both…

Overview of ABA Therapy Service Providers

When your child first starts to receive ABA therapy, you may be surprised by how many people are involved in your child’s treatment. This model, called “tiered delivery,” helps to ensure that your child’s treatment plan is developed and implemented in the most efficient, effective way possible. Here’s a look at the different service providers who may be involved: ABA Therapy Behavioral Technicians This person does the lion’s share of the work with your child, under the direct supervision of the BCBA. There may be multiple behavioral technicians involved in your child’s care. These individuals are responsible for implementing all…

My Child Has Been Diagnosed with Autism. Now What?

When you first receive an autism diagnosis, your emotions may be all over the place. You may feel relief. Or shame. Your mind may immediately go to the worst case scenario: “Will my son ever talk?” Or you might be inclined to dismiss the diagnosis altogether: “My daughter is fine; she doesn’t need special treatment.” Or you may simply pause, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, “Okay … What do I do now?” All of these reactions are normal. But wherever you find yourself emotionally, you’ll be in the best position to help your child if you take a…

ABA Methods: An Overview

As you begin to research Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), you may be wondering what exactly is involved in this type of therapy. Here are some of the most common Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching methods that we employ at Positive Behavioral Connections. Intensive Teaching If a child is unable to work in a group, he or she will need to begin with intensive teaching. Intensive teaching is an opportunity to build language, pre-academic and other critical skills – giving the child a more solid foundation before expanding the child’s instructions into group settings or other environments. Many early learners spend…

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