with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA


7 Activities Siblings Can Do Together to Improve Social and Life Skills

Having siblings is a great opportunity for kids to learn numerous life skills and social skills.

This is sometimes overlooked. However, interacting with siblings can be an excellent way for kids to learn about things from working together to problem solving to communicating with other people.
Skills that Siblings can Learn by Participating in Activities Together
Some examples of things that kids can learn by doing activities with their siblings include:

Teamwork: how to work together with other people...


Sample Daily Schedule for Kids During Coronavirus Stay-at-Home Orders

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the daily routine of a lot of families around the world.

There are a lot of kids who are now staying home much more than usual.

There are a lot of schools that are closed and the kids are having to stay home.

Some of these kids are also expected to participate in educational activities at home, too.

One common recommendation in behavior analysis is to use a daily routine to help improve behaviors and...


Tele-ABA Parent Training: Sample Telehealth ABA Session for Parent Training

Slow and Steady Telehealth ABA Growth
Telehealth ABA services, particularly telehealth (or remote) parent training for children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities, has become more available in the 2000's. It has slowly grown within the first and especially second decade of the 21st century.
Sudden Growth of Telehealth ABA Parent Training
With the coronavirus pandemic that arose in 2020, telehealth ABA services, especially telehealth ABA parent training, has rapidly become a popular and more highly recommended form...


Tele-ABA Activities for Kids: 7 Telehealth Activities ABA Providers Can Use with Children with ASD

ABA providers who have been  or will be implementing telehealth services with families who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may wonder if involving the child is possible within the context of virtual treatment sessions.
Is it possible to provide ABA to children via telehealth services?
The answer is yes!

Well, really, it depends.

Mostly it depends on

the clinical and technological skills of the telehealth service provider,
the resources and preferences of the parent of the child...


Telehealth ABA Parent Training & Transitioning Tips During the Coronavirus Pandemic

telehealth ABA parent training
Telehealth ABA
The coronavirus pandemic has suddenly pressured the ABA (applied behavior analysis) community to move toward providing remote or telehealth services especially for families who have a child with autism spectrum disorder.
A need for transitioning to telehealth ABA
In these uncertain times, it is being recommended that people practice "social distancing" which includes encouraging behavioral health service providers to reduce their contact with clients. This is an attempt to prevent the...


Determinism: What is Determinism from an ABA Perspective? (FK-03)

Since applied behavior analysis is consider a science, ABA aligns itself with the attitudes of science which include determinism, empiricism, experimentation, replication, parsimony, and philosophic doubt.

In this article, we will cover the idea of determinism.
What is determinism?
Determinism is one of the many principles that make up the identify of science.

Determinism is based on the idea that behavior is lawful, that it is determined. Determinism assumes that behavior of living organisms is based on cause and...


14 Activities for 14 Days: Ways You Can Help Your Child with Autism Improve Social, Communication, and Life Skills

Are you a parent looking for ideas on how you can help your child with autism spectrum disorder to continue to develop and learn new things?

Do you want to help your child with ASD improve their social and communication skills and reduce problem behaviors?

Are you at home with your child daily? Or is someone else caring for your child while you work - these ideas could be helpful for your child's caregiver, as well.

Whether you're at...


Selectionism in ABA (FK-02): Phylogenic, Ontogenic, & Cultural Selection or How Individuals and Groups Change Over Time

Selection, Darwinism, & Skinner
Selection is found in both Darwin's explanation of the origin and the extinction of species as well as in behavior analysis. The idea of selection, or selectionism, is part of Skinner's explanation for the origin and extinction of behavior (Tryon, 2002).
Behavioral Selection
Selectionistic explanations of behavior are based on the experiences of the organism. Behavior is selected to continue or to be extinguished based on that individual's experiences, based on the consequences...


Lawfulness of Behavior (FK-01): Simplify Family Life by Believing that Behavior is Lawful

A lot of people can relate to the idea of wanting life to be simpler and more easily manageable. This is especially true for parents. When life gets overwhelming or hectic, we can especially benefit from approaching life through a lens that helps us to make sense of what is happening to us and around us and then to be able to identify ways to simply things.

When we look at things with the perspective that there is always a reason for a behavior or for why something happens, we are assuming that behavior is lawful, that it doesn’t happen by accident.

In parenting, especially when you want to help your child and your family live a simpler, healthier, and happier life, looking at human behavior from a deterministic philosophy can be helpful. By believing that behavior is determined by something, that it has a reason, that it is lawful, you can maintain hope that you can improve your child’s behavior and your overall family life or even your own behavior.


What is Modeling: Tips for Using Modeling in Applied Behavior Analysis

What is Modeling
Modeling is an evidence-based practice found to be effective for helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (Sam, 2016. Modeling).

Modeling is a type of response prompt.

A response prompt impacts a person’s behavior or their response. This is in comparison to a stimulus prompt which impacts stimuli present prior to the behavior (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2014).

Modeling is basically when one person shows the ideal behavior to another person. They may do this intentionally or unintentionally.

In order for the observer to learn from the behavior of the person doing the modeling, it is ideal if they have imitation skills – that is, that the person can copy what someone else does at least to some degree. However, there are prompts and strategies that can be used to help the learner improve on both imitation skills and his ability to learn from a model.