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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Reinforcement: Dos and Don'ts

No doubt you use your fair share of reinforcement in your everyday life. For sure you use it with your kiddos, with your spouse, and with yourself. Reinforcement  is everywhere and whether or not you are trying to reinforce anyone's behavior, you definitely do throughout your daily life. So since this is such a big part of your existence, maybe we should break down what it is, and the dos and don'ts of reinforcing behaviors.

Staff Training 101

Raise your hand if you would like the staff you work with to be highly trained in their field? I assume everyone's hands were raised. Now raise your hand if you know how to go about doing that? Maybe some of those hands powered back up, while others are a bit more unsure of themselves. No worries - that's why I'm here!

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