5 Steps to Establish and Maintain Instructional Control of Children with Autism

5 Steps to Establish and Maintain Instructional Control of Children with Autism
Who’s the Boss? It’s more than just an eighties sitcom featuring a male housekeeper. It is also one of the main ideas around the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) term instructional control.  In fact, this idea is more than simply important, it is critical because without it therapists will struggle to produce little if any success when working with children with autism. Yet according to world-renowned autism therapist and educator Robert Schramm (2011), there are five simple steps that therapis...
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Importance of Parent Training During a Child’s ABA Therapy

The Importance of Parent Training
The parent-child relationship is a life-long journey of learning and training. This is even more accurate when you are a parent of a child with special needs. At Steinberg Behavior Solutions, we understand the unique responsibilities. That’s why we offer the parents of children receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, an opportunity to partake in our parent training programs. By providing tools and strategies, our programs empower parents and allow their children, our students the oppo...
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One Sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep, No Sleep?

Sleep Tips for Children with Autism
Top 3 Sleeping Tips for Children with Autism The causes of your child’s disruptive night-time sleep can be varied. They may have difficulty completing the bedtime routine or may want a parent present to fall asleep. Perhaps your child does not stay asleep, wets the bed, or rises too early and struggles to stay in their bed until an appropriate wake-up time. At Steinberg Behavior Solutions our experience has shown us the reasons for their fragmented sleep are as diverse as the children themselve...
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Routines for Children and Adults with Autism

Routines for Children and Adults with Autism
Ok, this one... is actually a very personal subject to me. It's one that I have a lot of personal qualms with and one that I know is touchy. Maybe not as touchy as one would think, but still. In fact, I had to call my sister for advice on this topic because I didn't want to come off as full of baloney. A routine for many can be something as simple as making a microwave pizza or putting on clothes. Things that people take for granted like walking outside, opening a mailbox, getting the mail, clos...
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7 Proactive Strategies for Dealing with Problem Behaviors

7 Proactive Strategies for Problematic Behavior in Children with Autism
It is natural for all children to become frustrated and agitated throughout their young lives. As adults, it is our job to give them the tools they can use to channel their frustration with a problem into a solution. However, for children with Autism, sometimes becoming frustrated happens more often than not and their reaction to this feeling can be extreme as a result of their lack of coping skills. Applied Behavior Analysis offers two effective ways to handle problem behavior: antecedent or pr...
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Guidelines for Using Reinforcers for Children with Autism

Guide to Reinforcers for Children with Autism
When utilizing reinforcers during aba therapy sessions at school there are a few things that should be considered before offering them to a student for performing correct tasks.  Following these guidelines will help increase the effectiveness of reinforcers. Top 4 tips when using reinforcers One thing to keep in mind is that reinforcers used during sessions should not be given to students outside of sessions.  This can decrease the reinforcer’s value and the student may no longer be motivat...
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Vacationing with Your Child with Autism

vacationing with your child with autism
Vacationing with children with autism can be a challenge, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. For a child with autism who insists on consistency, a new hotel room, new rental car, new food and new sights is anything but relaxing. These changes in routine often trigger very challenging behaviors in children with autism. We have six tips to help your child maintain appropriate behavior during new and changing activities of a vacation: 1) Make a visual schedule of the day’s activities t...
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One Step Ahead Technology

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Here at SBS we try to stay updated in the latest technology that ABA has to offer. In August of 2015 SBS decided to go paperless and upon joining the SBS team, therapists are given tablets to help gain access to our data collection service, ABPathfinder. With ABPathfinder therapists are able to input data for the BCBA’s to look at and change targets according to each child's needs. However, beginning in June of this year our data collection will change from ABPathfinder to Catalyst, an ABA da...
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My Client Who Found Her Voice

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When a child with autism finds his or her voice, it's nearly as exciting for therapists as it is for that child's parents. When that voice is actually a magnificent singing voice, the feat is even sweeter. I recently saw a video on the Autism Speaks Facebook page of Spencer Harte, a young woman with such a story, and my jaw dropped. This is MY Spencer Harte. I worked with Spencer in her home doing 1:1 ABA therapy almost every day for a few years. Spencer meant so much to me that she (and h...
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The Power of Social Stories

social stories
Social stories can be highly effective in teaching children new skills. Although they are typically used for children with autism, the truth is that they can be beneficial for explaining changes to any child. Social stories are visual or written explanations in short and simple stories that are used to explain to a child what to expect in the future, to decrease anxiety, teach rules or even demonstrate social cues. For example, if you anticipate your child will encounter a big change soon, a ...
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