• Prompt Fading Helps Children with Autism Become Independent

    Prompts are a part of everyday life. They provide clues or assistance on how to respond in a particular situation. The ding when you receive a new text message is a prompt to pick up your phone. The green light when you’re waiting at an intersection is a prompt to go. The instructions that come […]

  • Today’s word is: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

    ABA is a type of therapy that’s used to bring about meaningful improvement in specific behaviors, ranging from social skills, communication, and academics to adaptive learning skills, such as fine motor dexterity, hygiene, and grooming. Scientific evidence proves ABA is effective. As a result, ABA has become a best practice for treating symptoms of Autism […]

  • Recipe for Success: Making Mealtime a Positive Event for Children with Autism

    Eating is a daily activity many families enjoy together. However, for some children, mealtime can be an aversive event, one that causes unwanted behaviors. If your child refuses food, acts out during meals, is a picky eater, and/or eats at an inappropriate pace, you’re not alone. These are common mealtime challenges that parents can face […]

  • TBE Tips and Tidbits

    Find alternative behaviors for unwanted ones.For example: Instead of telling your child to stop jumping on the couch, instruct them to do something else, such as “Sit down,” or “Feet on the floor.” If they want to keep jumping, then redirect them to an approved physical activity.

  • Negative reinforcement and Positive Punishment: What this means.

    In the field of ABA, you might see the words “reinforcement” and “punishment” being used quite a bit. With both of these terms, they can be further broken down into “positive” and “negative.” You might be thinking, “Wait, negative reinforcement and positive punishment…those sound pretty contradicting!” Well, let’s go into these terms in a little […]

  • Buddy’s Tips & Bits

    Take a breath and speak softly.For example: When your child’s upset or having a difficult time, speak softly to ease the situation. It helps them settle down and listen. More importantly, it will help you to remain calm and get through anything.

  • Watson’s Word of The Day

    Today’s word is: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) ASD is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s communication and behavior. “Spectrum” means there’s a wide range of types and severity of symptoms. In general, symptoms are either deficits (a lack of behaviors), or excesses where behaviors are repetitive and non-functional. All individuals with ASD are unique […]

  • Holiday Chefs

    A new family tradition. With the winter holidays coming right around the corner, you may have some extra time with your children at home. And what better way to make holiday memories and build traditions than to bring the family into the kitchen and bake some sweet homemade treats. Not only is it about making […]

  • Our Frisco Hive!

    Explore our bee-utiful Frisco Hive from the comfort of your home! Can you spot the squirrels in the trees? Take a look a look at this 360 video of our Frisco Hive.

  • How to Teach Your Child with Autism to Express Themselves Appropriately

    Functional Communication Training Communication is a fundamental skill that enables us to express our wants and needs effectively. Children with autism and other developmental concerns often have difficulty expressing themselves in appropriate ways. They tend to replace language, such as “I need help,” “Play with me,” “Too loud,” and even shaking their head “no,” with […]

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