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Autism and Technology

By: Amy Black, MS, BCBA®, LBA Technology is used in almost all areas of life to simplify tasks, save time and improve convenience. But perhaps one of the most valuable uses of technology is when it is used to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)....

Preparing Children with ASD for a Brighter Future

By: Catherine Witanowski, M.A., BCBA, LBA Your child has been receiving ABA therapy since he was two years old. He wasn’t talking, now he is, he’s gained a bunch of new and useful skills, but what is the big picture? When your child is first diagnosed, you’re...

5 Helpful Tips for soon-to-be BCBAs

By: Yvonne Pallone, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA You finished your coursework, your practicum, and are anxiously awaiting the up to 45 days for the result of your test to see if you have earned the prestigious certification for your field. Wait, you no longer get delayed...

Pairing: The Foundation of ABA Therapy

By Ellen Barnett, MA, BCBA, LBA Pairing, or building rapport with a learner, is an essential component of ABA therapy. A positive relationship between the instructor and the learner sets the stage for successful ABA sessions and enables our clients to reach their...

Considering ABA Therapy? (A Helpful Guide)

You have heard about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and may be considering whether it is appropriate for your child. What is ABA Therapy? Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based treatment that is founded on the science of learning. It is a scientific...

In-Home ABA Therapy

By: Pranali Hoyle, MA, BCBA How to Create an Appropriate Instructional Environment In-home ABA therapy is now an approved service that is covered by many insurance companies. Parents, therapists, and BCBAs® each play a role in how an effective session can be...

Importance of Self-Study in the Field of Behavior Analysis

By: Gabrielle Galto, MS, BCBA, NYS LBA In many fields it is important, even required to partake in continuing education courses. I believe in order to be successful and grow as a professional it is necessary to have a scholar-practitioner outlook; meaning, even after...

Navigating Transitions for Young Adults and Adults With Autism

By: Lauren Fernandez, B.A. Life transitions can be scary; especially for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Transitioning out of adolescence and into the adult word is a crucial time for an individual with ASD. During this time, support is needed by...

The Role of Trial Based Functional Analysis (TBFA) in ABA Therapy

By: Jacob Papazian MS, BCBA – Regional Clinical Director The Walt Disney company said it best in their iconic ride “Spaceship Earth”: “we are on the brink of a new communication renaissance.” Behavior Analysis is on one such brink. As a field we are expanding into new...

Safety Awareness Skills for Children Diagnosed With Autism

By: Lauren Fernandez, BA Those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often lack safety awareness skills. Safety awareness skills include but are not limited to the following: safely crossing the street, avoiding situations that may cause harm to oneself or...

PDC-HS: The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

Within the realms of autism intervention, it is incredibly common for providers to use a tiered model of service delivery to increase billing propensity and meet an ever growing demand for behavior analytic services (BACB, 2017). As a tiered model requires trained...

Holidays and Autism

It is slowly becoming that time of year again. Leaves are already starting to change here in Michigan. The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are mercifully dropping from the scorching summer heat. That means it is time for the holiday season to begin. Was...

“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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Back to School: 7 Tips and Tricks to Ease Your Child’s Transition

Can anyone believe it is back to school time? To many families, back to school means a time of stress and frustration. It can be incredibly difficult to transition from the free flowing days of summer to the structure and rigor of the classroom. Getting into the...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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®),...

Better Understanding Your Job as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst

By: Maria Pantelides, MA, BCBA, LBA (CT, MA, MD, NY) You have finished your coursework, you’ve completed all of your supervision hours and passed the BACB Exam, CONGRATULATIONS! Behavior analysis is the science of behavior. Behavior is a product of its circumstances,...

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...

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...

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?...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Q & A With Miriam Newmark, Our Regional Clinical Director

This interview first appeared in the Voice of Lakewood on November 22, 2018. Q: Tell us About Attentive Behavior Care. A: We provide ABA therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum; we work with children aged 18 months and up and adults. ABA is a science-based...

How to Obtain Your LBA in New York State

By: Nahoma Presberg, MS BCBA If you are interested in practicing behavior analysis in New York State, you might have started to look at what credentials are required to practice in different environments. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) is the...

An Interview With Trish Rollins of Autism Speaks

Patricia Rollins (left) and Kaitlin Causin (right) About Trish Patricia "Trish" Rollins is the NYC Field Development Manager for Autism Speaks. Trish originally got involved with Autism Speaks in 2007 as a volunteer. She has a brother on the spectrum, and wanted to do...

Attentive Behavior Care Earns 2-Year BHCOE Reaccreditation

BHCOE Accreditation is the only ABA-specific accreditation. It provides feedback regarding clinical best practices, staff satisfaction and turnover, and consumer protection. Acting as a third-party, BHCOE systematically measures and reports on existing quality...

The #1 Question Everyone in ABA Therapy Should Know How to Answer

By: Heyde Ramirez, MA, BCBA, LBA Am I Making a Difference? Congratulations! You are officially a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®). The day has finally come, and you’ve been handed your first case. You are excited! After all, imagine all of the possibilities....

Autism: Debunking the Myths

By: Jonelle Lupero, BCBA, LBA (NY) Unfortunately, some commonly held beliefs about Autism, which we know to be untrue, still continue. This lack of understanding can make it difficult for people on the autism spectrum to have their condition recognized and to access...

Does My Child Have Autism?

Do you sometimes wonder if your child falls on the autism spectrum? Is your child developing at a different rate than his peers or does he have unusual ways of keeping himself occupied? There are a number of indicators that a child may be on the autism spectrum,...

So, You Want to be a BCBA?

By: Gabrielle Galto, BCBA, NYS LBA Imagine that you are a recent graduate in psychology, you achieved your Bachelor’s degree and start looking for jobs but notice there is not much for an entry level position working in the field. You always intended to get your...

The Definitive Guide to ABA Therapy and How it Can Help Your Child

By: Jessica Basir and Nahoma Presberg What is ABA? ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is currently the leading treatment which has been scientifically proven to treat the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Let’s discuss what ABA is, and why it actually...

Confronting the Challenges of ASD

By: Catherine Tsiris Let's Get Personal I got into this field to help people. I wanted to make a difference, to help make a positive impact on people's lives. And a day doesn't go by that I am not reminded in some way that I made the right decision. When a mom calls...

How to Land a Job as a Behavior Analyst

By: J. M. Coimbra, MS, BCBA, LBA If you’re looking for an ABA therapy job or how to become an ABA therapist, then you’re in the right place. Beyond dressing to impress and having the right credentials, there’s a lot more to acing your interview. What’s involved? Here...

How to Become a Great Behavior Analyst in 2019

By: J. M. Coimbra, MS, BCBA, LBA Great behavior analysts make socially significant behavior change by altering environments. It might sound easy, but doing it isn’t so simple. Do you think you have what it takes to become a great behavior analyst in 2019? Here's a...

Behavioral Therapy Techniques That Actually Work

By: Heyde Ramirez MA, BCBA, NYS LBA & Frank Kou MSEd, BCBA, NYS LBA When a family receives ABA therapy, oftentimes parents wonder: "What is happening?" and "What is this person doing to my child that is helping?" The most important question they ask is, "Will this...

What is ABA Therapy?

ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. ABA is an evidence-based approach to treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is backed by decades of research and has helped countless children diagnosed with autism learn new skills and gain greater...

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