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Welcome to The Autism Helper Podcast, where we explore different strategies to improve the lives of individuals with autism.
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As a teacher, one of the hardest parts about collecting consistent data is finding the time to do it. In today's episodes, BCBA and consultant Hannah Foltz shares an efficient and easy to utilize data collection method - momentary time sampling. Momentary time sampling can help give an approximation of the frequency of a behavior without a time intensive data collection process. Hannah shares what momentary time sampling is and how you can collect data using this method! Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
There are many situations when a new negative behavior starts and we don’t know what to do next. We don’t yet know the function of the behavior and don’t want to unintentionally reinforce the response. In these situations, we should use the least reinforcing scenario. School Psychologist and BCBA, Shannon Shy, describes what the least reinforcing scenario is, how we can use it, and how it will cause positive behavior change! LINK: Find Shannon's book, What Shamu Taught Me Aout Life, Love, and Marriage, here: https://amzn.to/3iZAdV8 Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Sometimes in life we are told no or we are told to wait. It’s not always fun and it’s not always easy. In this episode -  school based BCBA, Abbey Mix, shares how to approach this situation through a skill based mindset. We can identify that there may be a missing skill of knowing how to wait or knowing how to accept being told no. Once we can identify this missing skill, we can target teaching an appropriate response. Be sure to check associated links below for more info! Links: FTF Behavioral Consulting: https://ftfbc.com/ Practical Functional Assessment: https://practicalfunctionalassessment.com/ Blog post on this topic: https://theautismhelper.com/teaching-delay-denial-whats-missing-communication-instruction/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
It is essential to approach decreasing a negative behavior from a skills acquisition perspective. A negative behavior serves a function and we need to teach a new way to get access to that same function. Kate Patterson, a BCBA with both school and home-based experience, goes through the whole process of utilizing replacement behaviors. Kate shares how to get to the hypothesized function, what replacement behaviors could look like, and what to do when there may be multiple functions. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The skill of making a decision is an important one. It teaches autonomy, leads to more independence, and helps give control. Special Education Teacher and BCBA, Laura Verzi-Aleszczyk, shares how she uses choices with her students and clients. Laura discusses why giving frequent choices are helpful especially during non-preferred activities. Laura gives the prerequisites for this strategies and tons of real-world based examples of utilizes this in a home or school setting.
Consequences have a bad reputation when really they don’t have to be bad. Consequences follow all of our behaviors, can be positive or negative, and can be planned or unplanned. In this Mini ABA Episode, BCBA Hilary McClinton shares what consequences are and why it’s important to be able to identify consequences within the environment. LINKS http://www.coastalridgeaba.ca/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
All behaviors happen for a reason. In today’s episode, we will be diving into the potential reasons why behavior could be happening. BCBA, Jessica Zielske, shares the 4 functions of behavior and why it’s especially important to figure out why behaviors are happening when we are looking for behavior change. LINKS Learn more from Jessica at www.theblondebehavioranalyst.com and on instagram @theblondebehavioranalyst. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The Premack Principle is something you probably use on a daily basis and didn’t even realize it. In this episode, we breakdown what the Premack Principle is, how to use it effectively, and how to get your teams on board. Former special education teacher and BCBA, Stacey Francesconi, goes in-depth into “grandma’s rule” and how this even applies to our own lives. Stacey is also the co-host of the podcast The Contingency Clique. Links: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-contingency-clique/id1507849012 Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Let’s start off our Mini ABA Episode Series with one of the best foundational topics - data collection. BCBA and ABADesk co-founder, Jane Logvinova, shares a great overview of what data collection is and why we collect data. Jane points out how data can be taken in simple & easy to utilize ways. Jane reviews data collection best practices, how to use operational definitions, and what to do with data once you take it! Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Executive Functioning skills are sets of processes to achieve a goal. Executive functioning skills involve organization, planning, and time management. Remote learning can be especially challenging for learners with executive functioning weakness. Erin Vollmer MS, CCC-SLP shares 6 strategies to help our students during virtual learning. Erin is a licensed and certified pediatric speech language pathologist. She is the co-founder of TherapyWorks; which provides quality speech, occupational, physical therapies and social work services. LINKS https://therapyworks.com/
Virtual learning brings new challenges for everyone. Changes to our schedules, less structure, and the new expectations that online instruction brings can sometimes lead to increased anxiety with learners with autism. In this episode, Dr. Eric Storch shares helpful strategies for how both parents and teachers can help students cope with anxiety during this time. Dr. Storch is a Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He specializes in the nature and treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and anxiety among youth with autism. Dr. Storch discusses some actionable tips to incorporate into students’ days through using strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Storch gives an overview of CBT and how these concepts can be helpful for our learners. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
It can be a challenge to incorporate the important components of our in-person instruction into virtual learning. High school teacher and teacher coach, Leanne Abushar, shares how she uses video modeling and video streaming to work on life skills with her high school students virtually. Leanne shares the importance of the home school connection, gives tips for collaborating with parents, and reviews how she creates a task analysis data sheet for parents to complete. This episode is filled with actionable tips that can be applied to many types of skills! Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Special education teacher, Kelsey Jansson, shares how she incorporates reinforcement into her virtual classroom. Reinforcement is essential to build new skills and as Kelsey points out, virtual learning involves a lot of new skills for our learners. Reinforcement is more important than ever! Kelsey utilizes virtual choice boards, virtual token boards, and mini schedules to embed reinforcement into her virtual instruction. She gives specific and actionable tips on how to use these strategies in your classroom. This episode is filled with easy to use ideas! Links: Giving screen control during zoom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCbJIpftItQ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Distance learning brings a new level of challenges for all of our students. Katie McKenna, MS OTR/L, shares 5 sensory friendly trips for distance learning that will be helpful for both teachers and parents. 5 Sensory Friendly Tips for Distance Learning: 1. Give frequent breaks. 2. Make sensory tools available. 3. Utilize heavy work. 4. Reduce visual clutter on the screen. 5. Consider auditory needs. Katie shares more details on best practices for how and when to implement these strategies! Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
As we move towards the school year, one skill that may be rusty is your communication skills. Effectively communicating with your team is essential for working collaboratively and being effective as a leader. In this episode I share some strategies I learned from Michael Hyatt's Podcast: Lead to Win on communication breakdowns. Most communication breakdowns come as a result of vague or clear communication or a lack of communication. I share examples of how this commonly happens within the classroom as well as what action steps we can take to avoid or prevent these communication breakdowns. Apply the growth mindset to your communication skills: I am not a good communicator, yet. I am not good at staff training, yet. View each day as an opportunity to practice and improve on these skills! Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership provides access to ongoing training, digital resources, and community. Now more than ever, special educators need each other! The membership is now open for enrollment from 9/9/2020 - 9/15-2020. Let's tackle the challenges of this year together.  In this episode, I share how the membership provided value during the initial COVID shutdown, how members are currently utilizing our resources, and what you can expect from the membership if you join! Sign up today!  Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Your goal is simple. But it may not be easy. Be a chocolate chip cookie. Be so amazing and delicious that your students can't help but want to be around you and be in your classroom. In this episode, I explain the importance of pairing and establishing yourself and your classroom as reinforcer. This sets the stage for success for the entire school year. Learn not only why this is important to do but how. I share strategies for decreasing demands and becoming the "giver of all things good." I also share strategies for establishing your classroom as a reinforcing place to be through creating a predictable routine. Working on this during the start of the school year is essential! Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
This back to school season will be unlike any other. Whether you are doing distance learning, in-person, or a hybrid model there will be new challenges and obstacles to overcome. In this episode, I'm sharing 5 tips for going back to school. I'm also sharing specific strategies and action items that you can implement in your virtual or in-person classroom right away. Teachers and professionals from The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership shared their best practices and ideas for handling some of this year's challenges. Download the free 5 page Tips and Strategies Handout: https://theautismhelper.com/returning-to-school-during-covid/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
On this podcast, my blog, my social media, and during my live professional development sessions, I find myself unable to stop talking about schedules. They are just so important and essential to all students. In this episode learn how schedules are functional, increase independence, and decrease negative behaviors. Creating and using schedules isn't always so straightforward. Learn how to teach schedule use and how to fade the type of schedule. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
Conducting a thorough functional behavior assessment is critical for a successful behavior plan and causing real, positive behavior change. In this episode, school based BCBA, Abbey Mix, shares the rubric she and her team created to guide the creation of an FBA. Abbey talks through how her team uses this rubric and how both teams and individual teachers can utilize this tool to create FBAs that are more effective. This rubric can be used as a reminder for including all important steps within the functional behavior process and also as a method for teams to follow or reflect back on previously written FBAs. Download the FBA rubric here: https://theautismhelper.com/fba-rubric/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: http://theautismhelper.com/membership/ Want more information about The Autism Helper Courses? Visit: theautismhelpercourses.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
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