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Spotlight on Early Intervention Resources

NBC Admin - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Spotlight on Early Intervention Resources

This month for the #dobetter movement, we focused on early intervention and how to intervene early better. We started the month with a video review of a typically developing 2 year old interacting with his mom with during intervention styles. A voice over explaining that video can be found on our YouTube page

Our webinar for this month focused on topics not covered in behavior analytic graduate programs relating to early intervention and typical development. We discussed the importance of focusing on the social components for autism and making sure skills are broken down far enough. This webinar will be available on our website by June of 2018.

If you would like to watch it for free in the meantime, check out our Facebook page where a post with the link can be found!

For our blog this month, we are discussing resources related to early intervention that all behavior analysts should be familiar with. There are many helpful websites and books and also decision trees that can be used when working with such a young population. It is our duty as behavior analysts not only to become experts in the science of behavior analysis but also the literature and resources related to the populations we serve.


Book recommendations

The following books are must haves if you are providing early intervention:
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Spotlight on Parent Training Resources

NBC Admin - Sunday, April 01, 2018

Train Parents Better

The #dobetter movement covered training parents better for the month of March. We started the month with a discussion of a video of an example parent training session. Check out the video here and add your thoughts! The Parent is Always Right webinar was well received and provided members with access to different resources and guidelines for providing effective and supported parent training. The webinar will be available for free until April 14th. Lisa Ozowara and Bethany Patterson conducted a Facebook Live resource share relating to parent training. The video can be viewed here


For our blog post this month, we are going to discuss different Parent Training materials that we have found improve our effectiveness in conducting parent training. We will start with some general parent training recommendations to consider for the work you do as a behavior analyst and then provide a brief discussion for how each resource can be used to improve your parent training process!

General Guidelines for Training Parents Better
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ABA Therapy with NBC!

Lynette Jacobs - Friday, March 07, 2014

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Some Insights From a Message Board

NBC Admin - Saturday, May 08, 2010

I participate on a few message boards related to autism, autism intervention, and behavior analysis. Recently, someone posted a discussion about a “new cure” for autism. One of the members of the message board responded to the post and I think his description of what snake oil salesmen are doing to families and people diagnosed with autism and what it means to be autistic is a very well articulated. I asked him if I could re-post his response for others to see, and he said yes. Below is his original post followed by some tips that he gave when I sent him an email asking if I could post this.  Read More



Teaching a Child to Use Their Words

NBC Admin - Friday, February 12, 2010
I have noticed on a few of the list servs that I am on that a lot of parents and providers ask questions about children who are hitting, tantruming, etc because they do not have the words to communicate what they want/need. Sometimes people will focus too much on reducing these behaviors and not enough on increasing functional language and responses. It is very important to teach a child what to do rather than just focusing on what not to do. Children who engage in tantrums, aggression, SIB, etc typically have a skill deficit of: not being able to communicate and not being able to calm themselves, or leave the situation. I highly recommend using Behavior Skills Training (BST) and Functional Communication Training (FCT) to help children acquire these skills. Both of these methods are supported by the research and are used very often by behavior analysts. In this blog I will provide a brief description of each of these procedures with examples. It is important to keep in mind though that the examples I am giving are specific to a particular child and should not be used directly for your child/client. I am only providing them as a model. It is also important to read the research on BST and FCT for yourself in order to better understand the techniques. I have included resources at the end. It is also important for both of these techniques that the behavior is analyzed to determine the function and the areas of deficit so that you are training the child a response that is functionally equivalent. If you think that the behavior is occurring because the child wants out of a demand and you teach the child to ask for a break but really the behavior is happening because the demand is too hard and you don't teach the child to ask for help, then the behavior will probably still occur.  Read More

ABA Myth: ABA is Not Fun!

NBC Admin - Saturday, February 06, 2010
One of the largest critiques of ABA is that the intervention is not fun. It is rote, boring, repetitive, etc. I once had a parent tell me prior to starting the intervention that her parents were nervous about doing ABA because they heard it was like bringing in a drill sergeant and she didn't want that for her son. I have often wondered why so many people think ABA is not fun, especially when I have read so many articles, seen so many sessions, and talked to so many behavior analysts about working off the child's motivation and having fun during sessions. For this blog I am going to explore some of the reasons why this myth exists, explain why the myth is false, and then provide some resources for making sessions fun.  Read More

Convincing Your School to Allow ABA

NBC Admin - Tuesday, February 02, 2010
A parent asked me for advice on how to convince a school system to use ABA so I am going to attempt to answer that question in this blog.  Read More


It Is Time for Some Dos and Dont's

NBC Admin - Friday, November 20, 2009

This is a list of things I tell parents to do or not do when I do workshops or initial parent training. This list is obviously not comprehensive and just covers some of the KEY DOs and DONTs when it comes to interacting with a child (not just autistic children by the way, this could actually be applied to people in general).  Read More



My Favorite Autism/ABA Books

NBC Admin - Monday, November 16, 2009
Here is a list and description of my favorite Autism/ABA books. I have chosen these books because i have read them or am planning on reading them and found them to be: informative and easy to read.  Read More