ABA Lesson #5 – Balance Your Ratio of Mastered Skills to New Skills

Balance your ratio of mastered skills to new skills.  This lesson came to me about fifteen years ago from a person I heard speak during a conference who used an ABA approach. It was completely NEW for me. I’d never heard this before in any of... [Read more...]

My ABA Confessions Continued… Lesson #2… TIME Matters!

A few days ago, I started a 'confessional' post that explores ways that I, a professed Floortimer, am actually closer to an ABA model than I ever dreamed. If you missed the first installment in this series, you can read it here: So… About... [Read more...]

Joint Attention in Babies and Toddlers

In a post last week, I mentioned that I've been assessing typically developing babies as I participate in standardizing a new evaluation tool for infants and toddlers. In the past two weeks I've met a 5-month-old, a 6-month-old, a 7-month-old, an... [Read more...]

“Will She EVER Talk?” Questions from a mom with twins with autism

Tonight I received this email from a mom desperate for advice. I've omitted her name, her children's names, and the location to protect her anonymity, but I wanted to share her question because it's the same one that many, many of you ask me... [Read more...]

Using Books to Teach Toddlers Language and Play… VIDEO from teachmetotalk.com

If you've picked up any parenting book or studied anything related to educating children for at least 5 minutes, you know that you should be reading to a  young child pretty much from the time he exits the womb... That's fantastic advice for... [Read more...]

Parents Make the Difference in the Treatment of Toddlers with Autism

If you're a regular reader of this site, you know how much I believe in parent training during therapy sessions. As therapists, we must, must, must teach parents how to work with their children at home so that therapy continues long after we're... [Read more...]