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13Jun
2015
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Instructional Control

Instructional control is an ABA term that describes how to establish a paired, authoritative relationship. Instructional control is a concept that excellent ABA therapists or professionals are aware of, and understand how to establish. I don’t come across many parents who understand the need for instructional control or how to maintain it, so this post […]

23May
2015
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Behavioral Momentum

It is not uncommon for children to engage in problem behaviors in order to avoid difficult demands that are placed on them. While it is important to teach functional ways to communicate the desire to avoid a demand or activity, some demands are unavoidable and in some cases, critical to the child’s skill development. Fortunately, […]

26Apr
2015
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Joint Attention

Joint attention is recognized as one of the earliest forms of communication in young children and involves the coordinated attention, or gaze shift, between a social partner and an object or event in the environment. Children typically develop social attention between 9 and 18 months of age. Joint attention responses can be facilitated using prompting, […]

06Mar
2015
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I Made a Choice Today!

Teaching a child to make choices should be considered an important skill when teaching functional communication to individuals with ASD. Children with autism have choices made for them throughout the day. Often their day consists of following demands and instructions from others without being given the option to make a choice themselves. When we teach a […]

29Jan
2015
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What is ABA?

What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behavior.  “Applied” is the practice of improving behaviors that will enhance a person’s life. “Behavior” is anything a person says or does that can be seen or heard. A behavioral approach uses a behavioral definition […]

15Dec
2014
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Getting Ready for the Holidays

Holidays are exciting times in the year that can sometimes become overwhelming for some children. Strategies for preparing children can help make transitions from daily routines to holiday breaks easier for the child. Some strategies/tools may include: visual schedules, role-playing, practicing, social stories, dietary plans and picture cards for family members. This blog will provide you with […]

24Nov
2014
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Social Stories

Social stories are sequenced stories, usually written in the first person, with simple phrases and pictures that describe different events or activities that happen in everyday life. These stories are used to describe what happens during these events and how to appropriately respond or behave in these situations. Social stories can be developed to address […]

06Nov
2014
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Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

Pivotal Response Training (PRT) is a systematic approach to helping children use expressive language.  This can begin with children who have never spoken, but is also applicable to children who have a large vocabulary. Since PRT is being used to teach expressive language, previously learned non-verbal communication systems (e.g., PECS exchange, sign language) are not […]

23Jun
2014
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Tips on how to use a token board for positive reinforcement

Engaging in non-preferred activities during the day can be a challenge for many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. You can often predict that challenging behaviors will take place during certain activities like writing, the bathroom routine, or coming in from playing outside.  Here are some tips on using a positive reinforcement system or token economy to turn […]

23Jun
2014
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ABA of North Texas

ABA of North Texas employs researched based applied behavior analysis therapy that ensures our clients have the best possible opportunities to be successful in their lives. We’re proud to serve all of North Dallas as well as all areas of Collin County. ABA of North Texas: Provides quality evidence-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment to children […]