Special Learning Blogs

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3 Easy Steps for Making a Visual Schedule
Does your child diagnosed with autism have difficulty getting dressed in the morning, or maybe have difficulty following all of the steps for brushi
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
3 Easy Steps for Toilet Training
Do you have a child who is ready to do toilet training? If so, here are three easy steps that, with some dose of discipline and perseverance, will a
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
3 Easy Steps to Teach a New Skill to Your Child Diagnosed with ASD
Are you thinking about teaching your child diagnosed with autism a new skill? Maybe how to brush her teeth, comb her hair, or to tie her shoes? If s
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
3 Tips For Transitioning Kids with Special Needs From Summer to School
It is very important that a parent or a teacher working with a child with special needs demonstrate patience as the child transitions from a summer
Tabitha Kirby, MA, BCBA
4 Practical Tips to Prepare Your Child with Autism Transition into Adulthood
Every child with autism will come across a period when he or she needs to transition to another school, another milestone in life, another house, et
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
4 Simple Ways to Prevent Challenging Behavior in the Classroom
There are multiple variables that provoke challenging behavior within the classroom. Within our environment, these  variables are classified as
Christine Austin, BCaBA
4 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child Social Skills
Why are social skills so important? Well for several reasons, and it’s not just about making friends. Socialization opens up a whole new world
Julie Nagy-Morris, MSW, LISW-S
4 Steps to Start Communication Training With Your Child
  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40% of children diagnosed with autism are non-verbal. Because of their
Michele LaMarche, BCBA
4 Ways For Parents To Cope with Stress
Meeting the needs of any child can be nerve-racking at times and parents of children with Autism are especially at risk of feeling stress and anxiety.
Julie Nagy-Morris, MSW, LISW-S
5 Basic Steps For Teaching Social Skills
  Teaching social skills to a child with autism or other developmental disability can be challenging. Here are five basic steps to remember w
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
5 Behavioral Strategies for Parents with Children Diagnosed with ASD
  Are you a parent of a child diagnosed with autism? If so, have you ever asked yourself, “How can I teach my child to brush his teeth?
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
5 Ways to Increase Spontaneous Communication with Your Child
Is your child able to communicate but you want them to communicate more?  Do you find yourself always having to ask your child what they want?&
Miranda Schehr
5 Ways to Support Your Teen as He or She Begins a Job Search
Job searching is a skill that your teen will need to be successful as he or she moves into adulthood.  Searching for a job is the first step in
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
A Sticky Situation: Masturbation Part 1
The onset of puberty not only changes a person’s body, but also produces new feelings and urges.  One of the most prominent urges is mast
Christina Giammarco, MSSA, LSW
A Sticky Situation: Masturbation Part 2
Once a parent is able to discuss masturbation with their child and set up an appropriate schedule that works for them, it is important to make sure
Christina Giammarco, MSSA, LSW
ABA Methods in Use: Teaching Puzzle Skills
  To a typically developing child, a puzzle may seem like a fun challenge.  To a child with special needs, it may seem like a daunting t
Tabitha Kirby, MA, BCBA
ABA Therapy in the Home
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a well-recommended approach that you may use for your child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Not on
Sarah Winningham, MA, BCBA
ABC’s of ABA
Intensive behavioral treatment based on the principles of applied behavior analysis is well-documented as an effective treatment for individual
Erin Lombard
Additional Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behavior in the Classroom
  As a continuation from last week's Strategies to Prevent Challenging Behavior in the Classroom, here are 4 additional behavior manageme
Christine Austin, BCaBA
Addressing Cultural Barriers in Applied Behavior Analysis
Culture is defined as the way of life of a particular society or group of people, including patterns of thoughts, beliefs, behavior, customs, tradit
Kimberly Woolery
ADHD Q&A with Dr. Ronald T. Brown -- Questions
I work at a school district with students K-8. Currently there is a lot of tolerance and accommodation for ADHD symptoms with students in grades K-5,
Dr. Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D.
Advocate for your Child’s Treatment Needs by Coordinating Care
A child’s treatment plan involves several therapies and approaches that when not properly coordinated can cause a prolong in your child’s needed
Leslie Roland
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #1
Let me first introduce myself. My name is Susie and I have been married to my husband Andy for the past ten years. We have three beautiful childre
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #2
Wow what a few weeks has accomplished! My 20 month old who has been doing home therapy for 3 weeks is doing amazing! I am so proud of her! I feel
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #3
It's been an interesting few weeks. I am so proud of my little girl for how far she has come in the last month. Her therapist comes over and she goe
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #4
We have made a ton of progress over the last few weeks. I am so proud of all of my kids and how far they have come! My daughter is making huge leaps
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #5
Wow what a busy few weeks we have had! Christmas is only a couple days away and we have all been really sick. It has been really rough around here wit
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #7
Wow what an amazing few weeks all my kids have had especially Amanda. She is imitating everything right now. If I am cleaning up the house she is foll
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #8
We have been doing ABA therapy 40 hours a week for now 7 months for Amanda my 2 year old daughter diagnosed with autism. There are no words to expre
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (Susie's Diary) Blog #9
Wow what an amazing year Amanda has accomplished! She has made leaps and  bounds that I never would have expected. She went from being pretty n
Susie (Amanda's Mom)
Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy: Helping Children With Special Needs
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy is a treatment plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder, which has proven success in mainstreaming many children
Sarah Winningham, MA, BCBA
Applying on Behalf of a Child with Autism
A child diagnosed with autism may qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Supplemental Security Income
Deanna Power
Are Private Equity Firms Making Money in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Autism Industry?
 A BILLION dollars would go a long way towards improving the lives of people with Autism, right? Well, you would think so… but what’
Karen Chung
Autism and 4 Challenges of the Holiday Season
The holidays are fun, exciting and yet challenging times for everyone. Rushing, shopping, cleaning, and traveling are just a few things most of us s
Jennifer LaLuzerne, MSW, LSW
Autism and Social Work 101
Being a Licensed Social Worker working in an autism ABA-based mental health facility is something that you typically do not find.  While Social W
Christina Giammarco, MSSA, LSW
Autism Parent Diaries: With Acceptance Comes Understanding
When I found out my daughter had autism I was devastated. So many questions went through my head, like…Will she make friends? Will she be abl
Jill Rodriguez
Back to school tips for educators and parents of children with ASD
It’s that time of year again: the one with all of the hustle and bustle to make sure the school supplies are bought, the lesson plans are finali
Special Learning Team (Brie Ragland)
Basic Social Skills for an Early Learner
Social skills is the “catch-all” term for all those behaviors that allow us to interact with our surroundings, other people, and control
Lynn M. Dudek M.S., CCC-SLP/MBA
Behavior Traps
The term behavioral trap was first described by Baer and Wolf (1970) when describing how natural contingencies of reinforcement can operate to promo
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Being an Autism Parent: Finding Support in Others
  When you have a child with autism, you need a different kind of support system. I have the most wonderful family in the world and two best
Jennifer Briner
Boosting Your Child's Speech Development: A "Hands On" Carryover Approach To Therapy
      As a parent we are continuously asking ourselves, "What areas of development should I be looking at"? "What skil
Melissa Prince Heller
Case Study: Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (A Clinician's Report) Blog #2
Peer Power, this has been the theme of the last few weeks. I have seen amazing strides with the consumer over the past few weeks mainly in four areas,
Rebekah Cook
Case Study: Amanda’s Journey to Recovery (A Clinician’s Report)
I entered into this position rather new to working on a home team. Having worked in a centre environment for the past 7 years I didn’t know what
Rebekah Cook
Children diagnosed with Autism and a Physical Disability
Does your child have Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, and a physical disability?  If the answer to this question is “yes”, then this
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
Children diagnosed with Autism and a Physical Disability
Does your child have Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, and a physical disability?  If the answer to this question is “yes”, then this
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
ComApp.3: A Road to Better Speech and Hearing
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month through ASHA, which means a month-long spotlight on the various professionals who strive for better speech an
Special Learning Team
Creating Communication Opportunities
Communication opportunities abound in natural situations and through the course of any given day. There may be times, though, where you will need to
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Dealing with Challenging Behaviors: 3 Steps to Help You Figure out the “Why?”
  Have you been asking yourself, “Why is my child acting like this?” If so, we can help!     Some examples of
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
Dean, School of Allied Health Services
Dr. Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D., is a nationally renowned expert in ADHD. As Professor and Dean in School of Allied Health Sciences at University of Nevada
Dr. Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D.
Does my child have Autism?
ASD, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, has affected 1 in 110 children in this country and the rate is increasing!  More specifically
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
Dr. Aubrey C. Daniels
See full informaiton here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_Daniels Aubrey C. Daniels, Ph.D. began his career as a clinical psychologist, in
Aubrey Daniels, PhD
Dr. Jon Bailey, BCBA-D
Dr. Jon Bailey, PhD, BCAB-D received his PhD from the University of Kansas and is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Florida State Universi
Dr. Jon Bailey, BCBA-D
Dr. Ronit Molko, BCBA-D
Dr. Ronit Molko is the founder and principal of Empowering Synergy. Recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in autism spectrum disord
Dr. Ronit Molko, BCBA-D
Early Autism Diagnosis Guide
The decision to have your child evaluated for Autism can seem overwhelming. The decision is laden with confusion and fear. You, or someone close to
Dr. Michael Wagner
Effective Planning for Crisis Management
Before I worked in a center-based behavioral intervention setting, I worked with children with autism in home, as a home-based instructor.  I c
Gabriel Valley
El Elefante y El Autismo (Autism and the Elephant)
Existe un animal muy grande y muy pesado, normalmente es de color gris. Es un mamífero terrestre. Sus piernas a la vista parecen cortas por l
Ms. Ana da Cunha
Ethically Achieving the Private Equity (PE) Investment Thesis
Private Equity (PE) firms have a LOT of money – think hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars. Their job is to invest this money in order
Karen Chung
Ethics of Medicaid Fraud Q&A Scenarios and Questions with Dr. Jon Bailey
During our Ethics of Medicaid Fraud Q&A live webinar with Dr. Jon Bailey, Dr. Bailey, along with our panelist, Michele Silcox, CEO and Founde
Karen Chung
Ethics of Medicaid Fraud? What's the IMPACT of Medicaid Fraud?
Title: Ethics of Medicaid Fraud Presenter: Dr. Jon Bailey, PhD., BCBA-D Subject Matter Experts: Nicki Postma, BCBA, Karin Torsiello, BCBA, Ronit Molko
Karen Chung
Everything You Need To Know About Activity Schedules
Activity schedules are meant to help people understand and manage the daily events in their lives. They are visual supports that teach a person to t
Michele LaMarche, BCBA
Facts about Down Syndrome
  In light of Down syndrome Awareness Month, here are 15 facts about Down Syndrome, as pulled from the National Association for Down Syndrome
Kimberly Woolery
Finding a Good Social Skills Group for My Teen With Autism
All teens need to be able to socialize to be successful.  Much of teen life revolves around friends and social life so it is a good idea to get y
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Finding local services and/or applying for benefits for a child with developmental needs
It is not always easy for anyone seeking services for a mental health, physical or developmental issue to find the services that are needed. Once th
Leslie Roland
Going to Bed
Bed time can be a bit challenging for any child, but especially for a child with autism. Here are a  few steps to help your child catch some ZZ
Erin Lombard
Grandma’s Law
Like Grandma used to say, “You can’t have your ice cream until you finish your broccoli!” Informally known as “Grandma&rsquo
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Great Summer Activities For Teens
Just because your teen is not attending school or a summer program during the summer does not mean he or she can’t be involved in meaningful a
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Habilitation AND Happiness
When asking parents of children with special needs, “What are your goals for your child/teenager?” most of them respond with one or both
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Holiday Survival Tips
It’s the week of one of the biggest holidays of the year and one of the busiest travel times! For parents, juggling last minute holiday prepar
Tabitha Kirby, MA, BCBA
How Do I Get My Child or Teen Involved in Sports?
Children and teens often naturally gravitate to playing sports.  It is good for them for many reasons:- Socialization- Team and friendship buildi
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
How Do I Talk to My Soon-to-be Teen About Puberty?
So, you have been going along with life and you just realized: Woah! My child is almost a teen and he or she needs to know some stuff that I haven&r
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
How to Advocate For Your Child’s Treatment Needs and Services
One of the most difficult situations parents of children with special needs face is how to obtain the needed services and/or proper care for their c
Leslie Roland
How to Find (and Keep!) Quality Providers
Many families with a child with autism have some type of home support program. Some families may have providers in their homes every day, while othe
Erin Lombard
How to Have a Successful (and Friendly) IEP Meeting
The annual IEP meeting is a great time to reconnect with parents, teachers, principals, directors, and any intervention staff to determine the best i
Erin Lombard
How To Help Your Child Being Bullied - Tips From A Parent
How to Help your Child Being Bullied- Tips from a Parent As a mom of a child with special needs, every day is difficult. My son has ADD/LD. It&rsq
Jill Rodriguez
How to Help Your Teen Transition from School to Summer
Transitions are difficult for some teens with an autism spectrum disorder.  A transition that is like going from the school year into summer va
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
How To Identify Treatment Goals For Your Child
One of the first steps in obtaining needed services for your child is meeting with a service provider to develop a treatment plan or an Individual Ser
Michele LaMarche, BCBA
How to Maintain a Skill with your Child diagnosed with ASD and Promote Generalization
Has your child just learned a new skill, and are you wondering, “How do I know he will maintain it?”   If so, here is what you
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
Intervention Strategies for Aggression: Hitting
Aggressive behavior is a common problem for many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). When a child engages in aggression towards others, th
Christine Austin, BCaBA
Is ABA therapy only or is it a teaching method too?
Teaching is an overwhelming job. If you teach children with Autism and other special needs, the job becomes much times harder. This is true whether
Ana da Cunha
Is my toddler too young for ABA treatment?
Today, many pediatricians administer the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) at a toddler’s 15 month or 18 month well-check vis
Erin Lombard
Jennifer Rumfola, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Jennifer is a dually credentialed professional, licensed and certified as a Speech Language Pathologist and  Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She possess
Jennifer Rumfola, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Jodi Bouer
For many years, Ms. Bouer worked as an insurance coverage litigator for the top NJ law firms and insurers, including CNA, the Home Insurance
Jodi Bouer
Joyful Noise: A Reflection on Being a Speech and Hearing Provider
What better way to recognize those serving the speech and hearing impaired community than Better Hearing and Speech Month! This month-long recogniti
Lynn M. Dudek M.S., CCC-SLP/MBA
Karin Torsiello, MS, BCBA
Karin Torsiello is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is the President of Behavior Basics Incorporated, a consulting firm in Florida, and is the D
Karin Torsiello, MS, BCBA
Keeping Your Teen Active
  Teens with an autism spectrum disorder (and all teens really) sometimes have difficulty finding things to do that involve staying active. &
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Michele Silcox
Michele Silcox, with her 25 year career in Accounting, quickly learned that the basic principles of Accounting apply across all industries. She d
Michele Silcox
My Teen Wants to go to Summer Camp
  Everyone (well, most everyone) has fond memories of summer camp when they were children and teens.  Summer camps are a great way to ma
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Nicole Postma, BCBA
During a career that spans nearly 10 years Nicki has worked in diverse settings that includes clinic, school, outpatient and foster care. In that peri
Nicole (Nicki) Postma, BCBA
Out with the bad, in with the good
Do you work with you a student who engages in problem behavior? As you may know, behaviors do not just happen will-nilly, but are the result of othe
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Plan for Successful Halloween Using Priming, Social Narrative and Token Economy System
  With only 2 weeks left, Halloween is fast approaching. In our first Halloween blog, we covered how to Prepare for Successful Trick-or-Treat
Karen Chung
Planning a summer of educational, therapeutic activities for children with ASD
Summer is a beloved time of year, often longed for and anxiously awaited by kids and adults alike. Longer days, free time, water, sun and the sand:
Special Learning Team (Brie Ragland)
Preparing for Successful Trick-or-Treating: Building Costume Tolerance
Halloween is one of the most eagerly anticipated events for children. Unfortunately, many children with autism aren’t able to participate due
Karen Chung
Preparing to Welcome a Child with Autism: A strategy Guide
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder that affects communication, social skills, and behavior.  In the US, about 1 in 68 ch
Tamar Varnai, MA, BCBA
Proposed Questions for Ethics in Schools Q&A with Dr. Jon Bailey 3/24/2018
Consent Once we are a service provider on the case if any new behaviors come up, do we need another permission to assess every single behavior, or
Karen Chung
Puberty: What’s Going on with My Body?
In order to be able to talk to your child about puberty and make a plan that works best for your family, it is important that everyone in the child&
Christina Giammarco, MSSA, LSW
Purge the Urge: Starting the Puberty Talk With Your Special Needs Child
All parents, whether they have a typically developing or special needs teen dread “the talk.”  Increase in sweat glands, change in vo
Christina Giammarco, MSSA, LSW
Push Awareness for the Limitless Possibilities in Autism
Each April, Autism Awareness Month reminds us that the time to spring forward as a community toward a better tomorrow is now. It’s a time for
Special Learning Team
Recognizing Speech and Hearing Professionals Everywhere
Too often, we forget to acknowledge that those in the special needs community are the true warriors, working to bring light and hope to the lives of
Special Learning Team
Rewards vs. Reinforcement
While leisurely reading the other day, my eye began to twitch, as I read the words “behaviorists use rewards to change behavior”. Now, I
Erin Lombard
Safety Skills: Why They are Important and Ideas About How to Teach Them
  One of the most important things you can teach your child or teen with autism is safety skills.  Learning safety skills is important b
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Selected Scenarios for Ethics in Schools Q&A with Dr. Jon Bailey
A male, kindergarten student is placed in a Significant Supports and Needs classroom.  He is verbal, sociable, and has tested out of the VB-MAP
Karen Chung
Selecting and Prioritizing Behaviors
  Do you work with a student that exhibits a couple or several behaviors that need targeted to be increased or decreased? Cooper, Heron, and
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Setting Classroom Expectations to Manage Behavior
  Do all your students know and understand your expectations? Sometimes problem behaviors occur simply because a student is not aware of what
Karen Chung
Should He be Eating That?
  What is Pica?   Pica is the ingestion of nonedible substances, such as sand, cigarettes, wood, dirt, cotton, etc. As one can imagi
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Sibling Relationships: How do I get my children to understand each other?
As a parent with a child/adolescent with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you know how difficult it is for him/her to make friends, join in play, and
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
Siblings of Children with Autism: How to Meet Their Needs
Many families of children with Autism will say that the majority of their attention and time is focused on their child with special needs.  It
Leslie Roland
Some Ideas to Make Mealtime a Little Easier
Eating meals together is a family ritual that many people have fond memories of. Plenty gets done at the family supper table, including discuss
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Some ideas to Make Mealtimes a little Easier
Eating meals together is a family ritual that many people have fond memories of.  Plenty gets done at the family supper table, including discus
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Special Learning Introduces a Spanish Language Version of its Renowned ABA Programs For Educators and Parents Working With Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 3.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disor
Special Learning Team (Dr. Blaise Mercadante)
SPECIAL NEEDS & THE HOLIDAYS: How to thrive, not just survive, the holiday season
  "How to survive the Holidays" is a hot topic for special needs blogs this time of year. But is that all we want to do? Merely sur
Nancy Bernotaitis
Sports - Good for all kids! And Adults!
  Now that we are well into summer, what better time to start thinking about getting involved in sports and outdoor fun!  For kids/teens
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Steps Toward Success: Preparing individuals with ASD for the workplace
More and more in the news, whether on the front pages of traditional media or newsfeeds of social media, we often see stories on “autism in th
Karen Chung
Steps Toward Success: Preparing individuals with ASD for the workplace
More and more in the news, whether on the front pages of traditional media or newsfeeds of social media, we often see stories on “autism in th
Karen Chung
Steps Toward Success: Preparing individuals with ASD for the workplace
More and more in the news, whether on the front pages of traditional media or newsfeeds of social media, we often see stories on “autism in th
Karen Chung
Taking Steps Toward Unlocking your Child's Independence
As we celebrate Independence Day it is fitting that we spend some time reflecting on the meaning of independence for individuals with special needs.
Karen Chung
Teaching for Keeps Part 1
As the most effective autism intervention, there are many, many aspects of Applied Behavior Analyis (ABA). Teaching for keeps, or generalization, is
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
Teaching Young Children to Wait
Children are naturally impatient. When children want something, they want it NOW! Unfortunately, children rarely can get what they want immediately,
Erin Lombard
Teaching Your Teen to Grocery Shop
When teaching life skills to your teen with autism, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, a good place to start is grocery shopping.  Gr
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
Ten Dos and Don'ts When Running an In-Home Autism Therapy Program
  Running a home-based autism therapy program can be challenging, but if you remember these tips, you can implement effective ABA programming
Tabitha Kirby, MA, BCBA
Ten Steps to Financial Planning for Parents of Children with Special Needs
“What will happen to my child with special needs when I am gone?" This is a question that parents of children with special needs will eve
Michael Stern
The Benefits of Behavioral Treatment for Children and Adolescents with ADHD
  Although behavior analysis is marketed as the cornerstone treatment for the autism population, it is also a critical part of treatment for
Kimberly Woolery
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) vs. American Sign Language (ASL)
The debate is out about which communication system is better. PECS or Sign Language. Well, based on what the literature says, one is not better t
Monisha Acharya-Lammert
The Power of Choice
Take a minute and write down each time you have made a choice today. For me, it started with whether to choose “snooze” or to get up, wh
Amanda Fishley, MA, BCBA, COBA
The Road to Recovery: Early Intervention
  There has never been a more accurate mantra in the field of developmental disability: “Early diagnosis leads to timely intervention&h
Dr. Michael Wagner
The Stigma of Mental Illness in Jamaica – Part 1
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2012), the word stigma is defined as “a) archaic: a scar left by hot iron, b) a mark of shame or
Kimberly Woolery
The War on Autism: Conquering One Battle at a Time - A Parent’s Reflection
  I just asked my six-year old son to get a diaper for my thirteen year old. I will never get used to this strange life. With autism, so many
Jennifer Briner
Thoughts from the Field: Engaging the Autism Community at OCALI & ASHA
Last week was an exciting one for Special Learning and our sister agency, Step By Step, as we were able to participate in two major conferences that
Julie Roumeliote
Tips for Making Communication More Fun
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. So, to promote communication, have some fun, and sneak in a little speech homework, enjoy this Month of May
Lynn M. Dudek M.S., CCC-SLP/MBA
Tips for Parents of Children with Autism in Developing Countries
When any parent has recently learned that their child has or might have a developmental disability such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it comple
Kimberly Woolery
Transitioning Your Child into a New Classroom or School
As your child is starting back to school, you may find that there are new challenges.  If your student has a new teacher or a new school, it ma
Tabitha Kirby, MA, BCBA
Using A Special Needs Trust To Plan For Children With Special Needs
Most parents of kids with disabilities face a lot of challenges when it comes to estate planning.   A few of their most common concerns are
Harry S. Margolis
Using Antecedent Strategies to Increase Classroom Compliance
  What is an antecedent strategy? Antecedent strategies are preventive strategies that can be implemented in school, home or centers to red
Karen Chung
Using Visual Supports to Prepare for a Successful Trick-or-Treating Event
Visual supports are strategies used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help teach kids with autism and other special needs. It utilizes the stren
Karen Chung
Verbal Behavior and ABA
Verbal Behavior, also known as VB, is a method of teaching language to individuals with autism. VB focuses on the idea that a meaning of a word is f
Erin Lombard
What Are All of These Terms? 6 Terms To Make You More Familiar with "a Behaviorist's language"
Because Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a science, there is a lot of terminology that we use and as a parent, these terms can be very confusing.
Christine Austin, BCaBA
What are file folders and how do they help?
Often called file folder games or file folder activities, these are matching activities that provide visual structure and repeated practice on skill
Miranda Schehr
What are soft skills, why does my teen/young adult need to learn them and how can I teach them?
When navigating the world of employment, there are particular kinds of social skills that must be mastered to be successful.  These are calle
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
What are task bins and how can they help in the home?
Task bins emerged out of TEACCH-style structured classrooms.  Similar to file folders, task bins are visually structured learning tasks that al
Miranda Schehr
What does Telemedicine mean for the Special Needs Population?
  Telemedicine is an alternative for families who do not have direct access to healthcare services near them such as Applied Behavior Analysi
Kimberly Woolery
What is a BCBA Anyways?
As you look for a consultant for your child’s home program or center based programming, you may have come across the credentials “B-C-B-A
Erin Lombard
What is a Social Story?
A social story is just like it sounds… it’s a very short story (usually only a few pages) that teaches a child what to expect in a soci
Julie Nagy-Morris, MSW, LISW-S
What is an HCBS Waiver? How do I get one? What services are available?
Looking for help in your home and with community events or outings for a loved one with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and/or physical
Marla Root
What is an MFE or ETR? Why is this important?
Welcome to the world of alphabet soup!  MFE stands for multi-factored evaluation, it’s the ‘new’ term for an ETR or Evaluatio
Miranda Schehr
What is Behavior?
What is Behavior? Anything a person says or does Behavior involves movement and has an impact on the environment Is influenced by envir
Morgan Aue-VanDenBerg
What is facilitated communication and why you should stay clear
Facilitated communication, or FC, is a technique developed to help individuals, who have autism or other developmental disabilities, and are non-ver
Lynn M. Dudek M.S., CCC-SLP/MBA
What is “Chronic Sorrow?”
Many people are familiar with the Five Stages of Grief as first defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her often referenced book On Death and Dying (1
Julie Nagy-Morris, MSW, LISW-S
What Pets Are Good For My Child With Autism
So, your child has asked for a pet or you just want one! If this is you and your family, and you have a child with autism, here are some tips t
Cindy Ring, MSW, LSW
What’s for Dinner? 3 Easy Tips for Mealtime Success
Mealtime can be such a struggle for any picky eater. But when that picky eater also has autism, challenging may be an understatement! Read the follo
Erin Lombard
What’s This RBT Thing I Keep Hearing About?
Have you ever wondered how you can make a positive social impact in this world and be financially stable at the same time? I know I did, and I have
Krystal Larsen, BCaBA
Why Do You Need a Transition Road Map?
Every journey has a destination. Unless you know what that destination is and have a road map for getting there, the chances of you arriving to that
Karen Chung
Why Would I want to be an RBT?
What do you envision when you hear the questions: “what do you want to be when you grow-up” or “what are you going to do with
Krystal Larsen, BCaBA
¿Es ABA solo un método de terapias o también un método de enseñanza?
Enseñar es un trabajo abrumador y si le enseñas a niños con autismo u otra necesidad especial, el trabajo se convierte a&uacu
Ms. Ana da Cunha
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