Jessica Cowan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA #1-18-32314) residing in Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The University of South Florida. Jessica has worked in behavior analysis related settings for over 5 years. Currently, she works in an early intervention clinic with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and also sees clients in the home and school settings as needed.
In ABA, we talk a lot about the events that precede and follow target behaviors. An antecedent is something that happens immediately before a behavior. Identifying and modifying antecedents allows us to help shape our children’s behavior to be more adaptive and effective!
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices can be powerful tools to help children with autism learn language. Our contributor, Jessica Cowan, writes about some frequently asked questions that parents may have about using these devices with their kids.