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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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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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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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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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How To Guides
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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