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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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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

Free Resource: Task Analysis Sheet

It’s important to have good resources for facilitating effective ABA instruction. This week, we have a free task analysis data sheet. We also provide instructions for utilizing this invaluable resource. If you are not using the task analysis strategy to teach children with Autism complex skills such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, or tying shoes, you are likely seeing sub-optimal progress.

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Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Research Update: Comprehensive ABA is More Effective for Language Development

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based treatment for individuals with Autism. This study demonstrate that students who receive comprehensive ABA services that incorporate “post-Skinner” ideas of language development experience greater increases in IQ than those who receive more traditional ABA.

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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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Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Free Resource: 50 First Words Tracker

It’s important to have good resources for facilitating effective ABA instruction. This week, we have a free language tracker resource. This document includes 50 first nouns that can be used with early learners with Autism. We include columns for receptive ID, expressive ID, and feature/function/class instruction. Also perfect to be used for tracking progress on the VB-MAPP.

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Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Research Update: Does Stability Ball Seating Help Children With Autism?

Stability ball seating has been shown to be an effective intervention for increasing focus in students with ADHD. This study expands these findings and demonstrates that stability ball seating can increase on-task and in-seat behavior for students with Autism. Implications and limitations are discussed.

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How To Guides
Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

How to Find Reinforcers for Students (Part 1)

Reinforcement is the backbone of any effective ABA teaching program for kids with Autism. In this article, we talk about informal strategies to identify new reinforcers to use during instruction. These include asking, watching, and giving choices.

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Anton Shcherbakov, Psy.D, BCBA

Early Signs of Autism in Babies, Infants, and Toddlers

Early signs of autism include poor eye contact, lack of gestures for communication, and delayed language development. We provide a comprehensive list of symptoms and links for additional resources if you believe that your child may have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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