Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids Looking to delegate some spring cleaning to your kids this year? Children of all ages can participate in household chores, but where should you start? Task analysis! What is Task Analysis? Task analysis is a teaching process that simplifies complex tasks (like chores) into smaller steps that are easier for children […]

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Behavior-Specific Praise

Behavior-Specific Praise

Going Past “Good Job” Praise is a simple, yet powerful tool. Behavior-Specific Praise is a form of reinforcement describing desired Behavior that is Specific to the child, through a positive Praise statement. So what is BSP? It is a positive praise statement describing a specific behavior. It’s a way to provide positive attention to appropriate […]

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How to Use Do Language

How to Use Do Language

How to Use Do Language: alternatives to “no” “stop” “don’t” In ABA therapy, we like to teach children replacement behaviors. This means teaching children what to do instead of what not to do. This can be taught through language as well, which is where “do” language comes in. These are phrases that specifically tell the […]

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Life Skills in ABA

Life Skills in ABA

Life Skills in ABA Life skills are meant to be practical and useful in a variety of real world situations. They are typically necessary for daily living and can greatly improve quality of life. There are a wide range of functional skills that we help with, some include:  Communication skills: using and understanding verbal and […]

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Mistakes are Okay!

Mistakes are Okay!

How do we teach children to tolerate making mistakes?  Making mistakes can be frustrating at all ages. It is important to teach children that everyone makes mistakes! It is part of the learning process and it is okay. The best part of making mistakes is that they serve as an opportunity to learn and grow.  […]

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Shaping Behavior

Shaping Behavior

What is “shaping behavior”?  In ABA, shaping refers to the process of reinforcing approximations of behavior until the individual can demonstrate the desired behavior. In other words, rewarding the small changes or gradual steps of the behavior, in the right direction.  Shaping can be used for both skill acquisition and targeting more challenging behaviors.  For […]

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The ABC’s of Behavior

The ABC’s of Behavior

Let’s talk about the ABCs. The ABCs of behavior that is. The ABCs of behavior stand for Antecedent, Behavior, and Consequence. Antecedent  What occurred right before the behavior  What was the setting event? Behavior  The behavior What did it look like?  Consequence  What occurred right after the behavior A consequence can increase the likelihood of […]

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