• 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.

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