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Jessica Cowan, MA, BCBA

6 Tips for Starting ABA Therapy

Starting ABA therapy can be a big adjustment for families. BCBA Jessica Cowan writes about the top six ways to help support your child as they begin to receive services!

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Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

How to Use Chaining to Teach Complex Skills

Chaining procedures are critical for teaching children with autism complex skills such as washing hands and getting dressed. In combination with a good task analysis, chaining procedures make teaching complex skills a piece of cake!

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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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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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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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Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

VB-MAPP – Level 3 (Part 5 of 8)

Once you have completed levels 1 and 2 of the VB-MAPP assessment, it is time to move on to Level 3. This article will help to identify milestones that can be assessed through observation and those that will need direct testing. It will also provides a materials list and suggestions for completing the assessment.

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