Communication Practice at Home

Whether your child is just starting to speak, uses a communication device or signs, or is working on speaking in longer sentences, there is always more progress to be made! Practicing these skills in therapy is important, but we see even faster rates of success when children are required to practice those skills in other […]

Watson’s Word Of The Day

Today’s word is: Expressive Communication. Expressive communication refers to the ability to communicate, using verbal language and non-verbal cues, such as gestures and facial expressions. #Autism #ASD #AppliedBehaviorAnalysis #ABAtherapy #earlyintervention #thebehaviorexchange #PlanoTexas #FriscoTexas #DFW #Dallas #autismawareness #autismacceptance #Boulder #BoulderColorado #Denver #Denverarea #autismmom #specialneeds #autismspeaks #autismfamily #aspergers #autismsupport #autistic #autismspectrum #autismspectrumdisorder #disability #adhd #autismparent #autismcommunity #whatcouldbecanbe

Watson’s Word of the Day!

Today’s word is: Gross Motor Gross Motor refers to gross motor skills we use for walking, running, jumping, throwing, lifting, and kicking. Gross motor programs at The Behavior Exchange focus on speed, balance, strength, and whole-body awareness.

Lots to Love About Naturalistic Training

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to try naturalistic learning with your child. Naturalistic or natural environment training is an ABA therapy method in which skills are taught in a more naturalistic setting, such as during everyday activities or during play. A therapist or parent follows the child’s lead and adapts instruction to what interests […]

Buddy’s Tips & Bits #28

Put on a puppet show! It’s a fun way to work on imaginative play, cooperative play, and spontaneous language all at once. Search Pinterest for easy ways to make puppets. Use a couch as a stage or hang sheets on chairs, then take turns picking scenes. For example: “Let’s play like our puppets are at […]

Specific ABA tips and tricks: Antecedent & Interventions.

An antecedent is an event that exists before or logically precedes another event. Using antecedent interventions at home are a proactive behavior support to prevent or reduce the likelihood that challenging behavior will occur. Consistent consequence procedures will determine long-term effects of the behavior change at home and the use antecedents are a helpful component […]

Today’s word is: Shaping

Shaping is a technique used to teach new behaviors to children. Small approximations of the desired behavior are reinforced and the requirement is gradually increased until the child is independently performing the goal behavior.

Tips and Tidbits

Everything’s a teaching moment. Anytime you engage with your child is an opportunity to teach them about something. Naturalistic teaching (teaching in the moment) is a very effective teaching method and makes it more fun for them to be around you.

Can’t sleep? ABA therapy can help!

After the pandemic hit in 2020, many sleep researchers found there was an increasing number of Americans with sleep problems. One researcher even gave it a name: coronasomnia. While many things can keep us up at night or prevent us from going to sleep in the first place, it’s important to know that sleep is […]

Today’s word is: Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

Today’s word is: Discrete Trial Training (DTT)DTT is a therapy method in which skills are taught in the small component units. Multiple trials (or attempts) of a specific skill are presented in the same session. This type of training is very structured and is initiated and led by the therapist.