Setting Up Classroom Routines

Can you believe it's already Back to School season!? I know, I know...many of you have already been back to school for a few weeks (some of you even went back in July...WHAT?!). But regardless of when you went back, we all have the same issues when it comes to starting a new year: setting up the classroom, creating lesson plans and/or centers, managing student pull-out schedules. I would argue one of the most important things a teacher needs to do is plan and teach classroom routines. If you don't have this down in the first few weeks of school, you will be teaching and reteaching these same expectations for the rest of the school year. Before any academic learning can happen, I think the routines need to be down. It makes your life easier, as well as the lives of your learners!

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Prompt Fading: What, Why, and How

Remember that post about prompting and how great it is for our learners? Well, I'm here today to tell you to get rid of those amazing prompts. Why? Because, while they are awesome in helping our individuals learn or strengthen a skill, we don't want to rely on them forever. So, with that being said, here's how to fade out those prompts...

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Prompting: What, Why, and How (with a Freebie!)

Many of us know what a prompt is, or at least what it means to prompt. If not, here's the quick dictionary definition:

prompt (verb): (of an event or fact) cause or bring about (an action or feeling)

So now that we're up to speed, did you know that there are all different kinds of prompts we can use? We often think of prompts as reminders. We prompt our children to grab their backpacks before they run for the bus. We prompt ourselves to empty the dishwasher with the use of a visual magnet that reads clean. We use prompting every day of our lives, so it would serve us well to learn more about what it means, why we should care, and how to use them!

Summer Vacation Tips

Summertime makes me think of vacations, the beach, and time with family. However not all vacations are created equal, and sometimes the thought of doing a huge family vacation is daunting, especially for those living with autism. That shouldn't stop you from taking your family to enjoy these wonderful experiences. Here are some tips for parents of children with autism to make that vacation go a bit smoother.

The Importance of Offering Choices

We know choices are important. We make choices everyday. However, do you ever stop to think about how often our learners are able to make choices? Not very often. Sure, you may ask your kids what they want to wear to school, or what sticker they want to add to their potty chart. But more often than not, our littles don't have much of a choice of things day to day. They are told where to sit in the classroom, what they are having for dinner, what time they are going to bed. And it makes sense, because sometimes things are just non-negotiable. So how do we add more opportunities to make choices in our learners' days? Read on to learn more...

Behavioral Momentum: What, Why, and How

Behavioral momentum is a term for something you have probably done at some point in your life, whether it be working with students, your own kids, or even other adults in our lives. I bet many of us use this strategy daily with people in our lives and don't even know it! This strategy works great with our more challenging, non-compliant students.

Reinforcement vs. Bribery: Is There a Difference?

We've already talked all about reinforcement, so we know how to define it and when to use it. But is it really that much different than bribery? In fact, yes. Yes it is.

I've had almost every parent and staff member I've ever work with confuse the two and interchange them in conversation. I've also had parents and staff tell me that "reinforcement doesn't work" and that they "don't want to bribe" their learner. These are concerning statements to me as a BCBA, as it is telling me they don't truly grasp reinforcement and how it differs from bribery. Let's fix that today.  
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