The mission of Behavior TLC’s ABA 101:
To relay behavior analytic information to parents, teachers, and non-behavioral professionals through fun, engaging, and easy-to-understand content. We believe that the science of ABA and aim to make behavioral knowledge more accessible to our community.
Positive reinforcement, reinforcer, antecedent, consequence, behavior, ABC Model (3-term contingency), immediacy, size, deprivation, contingency
A Tool for Behavior Change: Positive Reinforcement
The principle of positive reinforcement is undoubtedly the foundation of ethical and effective behavior-analytic practice.
As a family with children on the Autism Spectrum, you know how difficult it can be to enjoy an outing when there are too many people or noises that make it hard for your child to have fun and enjoy themselves. But have no fear! The Greater Houston area has plenty of autism-friendly events and activities available – take a look at our list of local, sensory-friendly places where your family can have a great time and feel included in the fun!
When thinking of areas that may need focus for a school-aged child, one may think of reading, math, biology, or even, fitness, but we find that many do not intentionally prioritize strong social skills.
Why are strong social skills often overlooked, especially for children with ASD? We are not completely sure, but one possible reason is due to the time requirement and its overall priority. No matter the situation or tough times we are all going through, it is crucial that we all stay hypervigilant in ensuring the success of our children’s social shaping.
To have success with k-12 education there are three areas where it is important to have strong social skills –
Academics, Conduct, and Group Relations.
As a parent, we always want to ensure that the quality of any service we are getting for our children is of good quality. This should be no different for the ABA clinic and services your child is receiving. The question that can sometimes be hard to answer is “what should my expectations be?” It is important to know what you should expect when receiving ABA services.
Here is a list of things you should expect from your ABA Clinic and provider:
Empathy is a complex social skill involving verbal and non-verbal cues. For a person with Autism, this skill does not come naturally. These skills start to develop with typically developing children in their toddler years. Children with autism may need extra training and reinforcement to show empathetic behavior.
What is empathy and why is it important? Read more
Many questions arise when a family receives a diagnosis of Autism or a referral to receive ABA services. How do I find an ABA therapy provider and program? Who’s going to work with my child? What are my expectations? Am I going to be involved in this program? What is my child going to work on? We want to help you with what questions are good to ask and in general what a good answer to those would be when looking for an ABA provider.