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Tag: ABA

Can an Autism Diagnosis Level Change?

Autism Has Three Levels? Wondering if Your Child’s Diagnosis Level Can Change Over Time.. In This Video Jessica Sheds Some Light on This Topic. PS We Apologize for The Audio Issues on This Video. We Did Our Best to Correct Them. Disclaimer: This video is intended for information purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical…

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5 Tips for Making Travel Easier For Your Family.

Summer is in full swing! — At least here in the United States!  Summer is a time for barbecues with friends and vacations with families. But, traveling with children with Autism is often more daunting than rewarding.  Some of my favorite childhood memories are from my family vacations. I am sure you can think of some fond memories yourself. Every…

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What is Generalization? ABA Terms Defined!

What is Generalization? ABA Terms Defined Did you know that the kids whose parents know the most about ABA and take an active role in their program tend to benefit the most from therapy. In this video series, I will define important ABA terms you need to know to have the important conversations with your therapist that will help your…

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How Do You Change a Behavior Using ABA?

In simple terms, ABA therapists change a behavior by changing what happens before and after the behavior occurs to make it either more or less likely to occur again. The idea is to make sure when desirable behavior occur, they result in a favorable outcome and when undesirable behaviors occur, they do not result in a favorable outcome. The technical…

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Why is Autism a Spectrum?

One of the mostly common questions parents with a child with Autism asks is what it means that Autism is a Spectrum Disorder. Essentially, it means that every child diagnosed with Autism is different. No two children have the exact same interests, strengths or weaknesses. Some children will develop into talented artists and musicians. Some will excel in math while…

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What is Maintenance? ABA Terms Defined

What is Maintenance? ABA Terms Defined Did you know that the kids whose parents know the most about ABA and take an active role in their program tend to benefit the most from therapy. In this video series, I will define important ABA terms you need to know to have the important conversations with your therapist that will help your…

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Using Antecedent Modifications to Reduce Tantrums

When dealing with tantrums, it always helps to be proactive rather than reactive. Tantrums are unpleasant for everyone, including your child. It is always better to just to avoid them. Us behavior analysts have a fancy term for proactive strategies– antecedent modifications. Antecedent modifications are things that you do before a behavior occurs to make it either more likely or…

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Know the Function of a Behavior When Delivering Consequences

It is natural for a parent to want to give their child a consequence for having a tantrum. This is never a bad idea. It will help make sure that it does not occur again. However, it only works if consequence matches the function of the behavior or the reason the behavior occurred. Parents often consider what a child does when deciding on a consequence. In contrast, a behavior analyst looks at why a child engaged in a behavior or the function of the behavior. There are five main functions of behavior: Social positive reinforcement in…

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