How To Guides
Kerri Shcherbakov, Psy.D., NCSP

How to Get an IEP for Your Child

The process of obtaining an IEP in public schools can take some time. This article outlines the procedures for requesting evaluations and implementing an initial IEP. Factors taken into account by the school team in determining eligibility for special education are also discussed.

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How To Guides
Kerri Shcherbakov, Psy.D., NCSP

Does My Child Need an IEP?

If your child is struggling to keep up in school, you may be wondering if they would benefit from an IEP, or individualized education program. This article will help you to think through the steps to help determine whether your child needs or would benefit from an IEP. Other options like a 504 plan are also discussed.

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Resources
Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

101 Reinforcement Ideas for Students with Autism

It can be difficult to motivate those students that don’t seem to have that drive for learning on their own. This article provides 101 reinforcement ideas for students with autism. We include a variety of ideas from categories including food, activities, sensory, attention, electronics, and toys.

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Research
Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Research Update: Social Stories Improve Toothbrushing Skills

Social stories are short stories that can help explain life and social skills to individuals with autism. This study demonstrates that a social story can help children with and without autism to learn the skill of toothbrushing and improve dental hygiene.

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Resources
Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Task Analysis for Getting Dressed and Hygiene

Task analysis is an ABA strategy for teaching children complex tasks such as brushing teeth and washing hands. We include examples for these and other important hygiene and getting dressed tasks. This strategy is perfect for special education classrooms and for parents working with kids in the home.

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How To Guides
Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

How to Find Reinforcers for Students (Part 2)

Reinforcement is the backbone of any effective ABA teaching program for kids with Autism. In this article, we talk about formal preference assessment strategies to identify new reinforcers to use during instruction. These include single stimulus, paired choice, and multiple stimulus strategies. Data sheets are provided to help complete these assessments.

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