Myths and Truths: A Quick Guide to Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis

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What is ABA and what does it do? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a widely-discussed subject, particularly in the field of behavioral healthcare and educational support. While ABA has been notably successful in improving various behaviors, particularly in individuals with autism, it also has its share of critics and misconceptions. Let’s set the record straight […]

5 Practical Strategies for Self-Regulation for Preschoolers

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Are you struggling to teach your preschoolers self-regulation skills? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many teachers and parents find it challenging to help little ones navigate their emotions and control impulsive behavior. Whether you’re creating behavior or social emotional IEP goals or just helping littles learn about emotions and social interactions, it can be tricky! […]

English Language Development for Students with Autism

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Supporting English Language Development for Students with Autism As an educator or parent of a child with autism, you may be wondering how to best support their English language development. Communication is a critical skill that opens doors to learning, socializing, and independence. However, kids with autism often struggle with language comprehension, expression, and social […]

World Autism Awareness Day 2023

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What’s your autism story? Happy Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day! Here’s our story! He was our first, we were young, early 20s, we didn’t know which way was up! Still in college and barely making ends meet, but we were thrilled! He was a perfect little bundle! Came a month early but healthy and strong.  […]

5 Stages of Social Emotional Learning Skills

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What is Social Emotional Learning? Social Emotional Learning (or SEL) is the process of developing the interpersonal skills we need for school, work, and independent living. With strong social emotional skills, students are better able to engage everyday challenges and become successful at school, at home, and eventually, at work. I was recently interviewed by […]

What are some Adaptive IEP Goals for Classroom Routines?

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Improve Classroom Behavior with Classroom Routines Any seasoned teacher can tell you that establishing clear and consistent classroom routines is the KEY to a class running smoothly! Some of our kids need extra help to master this! These adaptive IEP goals and suggestions may help you create this peaceful, organized, and effective classroom setting for […]

Potty Training Series — Trip Training

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There are many methods for potty training from the 3-day potty training method to toilet training in a day to child-led. If you’re looking for toileting tips, you’ve probably run across many. There really is no one-size-fits-all. You know your child or student best. Do the reading and research, and then follow your gut! And remember, it’s often a […]

Potty Training Series — Troubleshooting

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We’re getting there! Ready to potty train your little or toilet train your child with special needs? Are you a teacher working with students with autism or other disabilities? I’m hoping these potty training tips and tricks will help! Check out the earlier installments for Is my child ready to potty train and Potty Training Tips! And bookmark this […]

Potty Training Series — Potty Training Tips

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Hopefully you’re following along in this potty training mayhem of a journey! Whether you’re wondering what is the normal age for a child to be potty trained or what’s the easiest way to potty train (is there one?), I’m trying to get all my toilet training ideas out in this potty training series! This “episode,” […]

What are some Dressing IEP goals for Adaptive Skills?

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Teaching independence to preschoolers with DRESSING IEP goals Teaching preschoolers to dress themselves is one of the first adaptive IEP goals that you might consider! Dressing is one of the first chance for littles to express their own personality and preferences. Also, if they can dress themselves, it’s less for YOU to do as the […]