“I Think it’s Time for ABA Therapy…”

“I Think it’s Time for ABA Therapy…”

By: Jonelle Lupero, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (NY)  Note: The following is a fictional vignette created for the purposes of demonstrating common situations encountered by professionals in this field. “My name is Susan and I have an eight-year-old son John who is diagnosed with...

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Top Characteristics of an ABA Therapy Provider

Top Characteristics of an ABA Therapy Provider

By: Alyssa Joyce, MS, BCBA and Lauren Fernandez, BA Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based therapy that is deemed a treatment for individuals diagnosed with Autism by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. Due to the data...

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How Do I Choose an ABA Assessment?

How Do I Choose an ABA Assessment?

By: Ellen Barnett, MA, BCBA, LBA Assessment of skill repertoires for individuals with autism is the foundation from which we develop appropriate and effective intervention. Currently, there are several assessments available in the field of ABA therapy. Given the many...

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Being a Savvy Consumer

Being a Savvy Consumer

By: Jacob Papazian MS, BCBA - Regional Clinical Director Receiving an autism diagnosis for your child or loved one is an overwhelming process that brings a flood of emotions: relief that there is finally an answer, fear of the unknown, trepidation for battles to come....

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What to Look for in a High-Quality ABA Therapy Program

What to Look for in a High-Quality ABA Therapy Program

By: Gabrielle Galto, MS, BCBA, NYS LBA Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) presents us with unique and challenging symptoms across a number of areas including, but not limited to engaging in problem behavior, limited communication skills, decreased social interactions, and...

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7 Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis

7 Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis

By: Maria Pantelides, MA, BCBA, LBA What is Applied Behavior Analysis? Before understanding the 7 dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis, one must first understand what Applied Behavior Analysis is. Applied Behavior Analysis is a scientific approach for discovering...

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When Should My Child Stop ABA Therapy?

When Should My Child Stop ABA Therapy?

By: Nahoma Presberg, MS BCBA ABA therapy is highly individualized and very personal. From the decision to seek this therapy for your child, to finding the right practitioners, to when to discontinue services, there are no concrete rules. In this article, we will...

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When Should My Child Start ABA Therapy?

When Should My Child Start ABA Therapy?

By: Tobey Lass M. Ed., BCBA, NY LBA The time after a child receives a diagnosis can be filled with many unknowns. There are many decisions that families must make for their children and there is no crystal ball that can instruct a family towards what services will...

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Why is an ASD Diagnosis so Important?

Why is an ASD Diagnosis so Important?

By: Gabrielle Galto, BCBA, NYS LBA The following information provided is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not be taken in replacement of a medical professional or behavioral consultation. Speaking on behalf of this question, I remind myself of how difficult...

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How Will ABA Help My Child?

How Will ABA Help My Child?

By: Megan Miller, MSEd, BCBA, NYS LBA ABA Therapy “Applied behavior analysis is the science in which the principles of analysis are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for...

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Is ABA Therapy Really an Effective Treatment for Autism?

Is ABA Therapy Really an Effective Treatment for Autism?

By: Tobey Lass M. Ed., BCBA, NY LBA There are many therapies marketed towards treating autism all claiming to be effective. According to Autism Speaks, ABA therapy is one of the most popular therapies used to treat autism. Despite it’s popularity, most of the articles...

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What to Expect From ABA Therapy

What to Expect From ABA Therapy

By: Julie Bates, MA, BCBA, NYS LBA Your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and is starting ABA therapy. Perhaps you are wondering what that entails? What is ABA exactly? What is the process to begin ABA therapy? What happens during an ABA therapy...

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What Do We Do in ABA Therapy and Why?

What Do We Do in ABA Therapy and Why?

By: Jacob Papazian MS, BCBA – Regional Clinical Director, Michigan Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has become an incredibly popular treatment for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities (Foxx, 2008). ABA is a loaded acronym...

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What Does a Behavior Analyst Do?

What Does a Behavior Analyst Do?

By: J M Coimbra, MS, BCBA, LBA Scrolling through a list of occupations on an electronic document, I don’t see my title – behavior analyst. I’m forced to choose the closest option, but what is it? I’m left contemplating, "What does a behavior analyst do?" The short,...

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Better Understanding the Principles of ABA

Better Understanding the Principles of ABA

By: Frank Kou, MSEd, BCBA, NYS LBA What Are the Principles of ABA? In order to learn and understand them, one must know what ABA is. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied to improve socially...

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What Jobs Can You Get With a Behavior Analysis Degree?

What Jobs Can You Get With a Behavior Analysis Degree?

By: Jacob Papazian MS, BCBA - Regional Clinical Director, Michigan Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is most commonly associated with intensive intervention for developmental disabilities. A quick search on Indeed.com in the Southeast Michigan area brought up 12...

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What Does it Mean to be an Advocate?

What Does it Mean to be an Advocate?

By Heyde Ramirez, MA, BCBA, NYS LBA and Maria Pantelides, MA, BCBA, LBA (CT, MA, MD, NY) The definition of the word advocate is to speak, plead or argue in favor of. When you have a child with special needs, one of the biggest roles you will ever undertake is that of...

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Early Autism Detection and Prevention

Early Autism Detection and Prevention

By: Frank Kou MSed, BCBA, NYS LBA In an ideal world, every child would grow up to be strong, healthy, and well adjusted. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 59 children has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research has...

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“What Next?” – When Your Treatment Plan Doesn’t Work

“What Next?” – When Your Treatment Plan Doesn’t Work

By: Jonelle Lupero, MsEd, BCBA, LBA (NY) Note: The following is a fictional vignette created for the purposes of demonstrating common situations encountered by professionals in this field. Every week, I meet with a fellow Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®),...

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ABAI and What to Expect

ABAI and What to Expect

Photo Credit: ABAI International   By: Nahoma Presberg, MS BCBA and Gabrielle Galto, BCBA, NYS LBA What is ABAI? ABAI stands for the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and they hold an annual convention that brings together behavior analysts and...

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My Child Was Just Diagnosed…Now What?

My Child Was Just Diagnosed…Now What?

It can be difficult when your child gets an autism diagnosis. It is normal to have a conflict of feelings – relief at the clarity and direction the diagnosis gives you, mourning over the loss of the dreams of typical development you may have had for your child, denial...

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Why ABA Therapy is the Right Way to Go

Why ABA Therapy is the Right Way to Go

By: Heyde A Ramirez, MA, BCBA, NYS LBA Perhaps you had concerns for a while or maybe this is all brand new to you. Either way, here you are, now faced with the reality that your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis. What happens now? What do you do?...

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When Your Child Won’t Stop Acting Out

When Your Child Won’t Stop Acting Out

By: Catherine Tsiris, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA You’re Not Alone Every parent of a child with autism knows about challenging behavior. Whether it is perseveration on a preferred topic, inflexible adherence to routines, difficulty with transitions, challenges with new people,...

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Your Child Has Autism: How to Handle the News

Your Child Has Autism: How to Handle the News

By: Nahoma Presberg, MS BCBA When I was asked to write to parents about having a child with autism and how it can be a blessing, I was excited. This initially sounded like an easy task. Of course it can be a blessing. Children are always a blessing. Why would a child...

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Our ASAT Partnership

Our ASAT Partnership

By: J. M. Coimbra, MS, BCBA, LBA The Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) is a not-for-profit organization aimed to improve the lives of people with autism by providing a reliable source of easily-digestible, empirical and science-based information on...

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The Importance of Caregivers in ABA Therapy

The Importance of Caregivers in ABA Therapy

By: Paige Sands BS, ABA Graduate Student, and Maria Pantelides, MA, BCBA, LBA (CT, MA, MD, NY) Caregivers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other form of primary caregiver, you know how big of a...

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Why I Love Working at Attentive Behavior Care

Why I Love Working at Attentive Behavior Care

By: Jessica Basir, M.S., BCBA, LBA (NY, CT) If you are reading this post, chances are you are pursuing an ABA therapy job. You may have a lot of experience working in the field, or you even have your BCBA®. Maybe you are just beginning your journey in this field and...

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