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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A New Year and a New Beginning

New Year's Resolutions
Well hello, my fine followers. Your friendly neighborhood Autistic here, giving you an insider's Point of View of Life, the Universe, and Everything In Between. I took a bit of time off to do some reflecting and searching, but I'm back to guide a new generation like me and help them through the trials, tribulations, and tests that come with either having Autism, having a child with Autism, or just wondering why we're so good at puzzles! So, in spirit with the coming New Year, my return to th...
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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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Picture Exchange Communication System® (PECS®)

  I’m sure many of you might be thinking what exactly is PECS? PECS is a form of augmentative and alternation communication that is used to help individuals, who have limited or no functional communication skills, to learn in a systematic and evidenced based manner. PECS can help with the development of speech, and most likely achieve a reduction in behavior issues. Below is a flow chart to decide if your child is a good candidate for PECS (click on the flowchart for a clearer view): Cop...
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Preparing Children with Autism for the Transition Back to School, Part 2

This is a continuation of our last blog post, about making the return back to school a smooth process.   To read part one of this blog, click here: Preparing Children with Autism for the Transition Back to School   Tour the school/meet the staff It is always a good idea to be able to go into the school a couple of days before it starts, with your child, and to get a tour around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, music room, library, etc., so it is not overwhelming on the f...
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Preparing Children with Autism for the Transition Back to School

Summer break is ending and it is about that time again to head back to school. The transition from being at home with a relaxed schedule for a couple of months, to returning to a structured school schedule, can be hard for most people, but especially difficult for children with autism. Some children have trouble adjusting to changes in routine, so starting school again may cause some challenges. Below are some tips and resources to make your child’s transition a smooth one. Preparing for ...
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