The Token Economy

The Token Economy Token economies can be an effective way to manage contingencies in schools, home and the community.  They are systems in which a child earns “tokens” that can be exchanged for a variety of preferred items. (Sound familiar? Our monetary system is a token economy!) They can help children with and without disabilities…

Evidence Based Interventions

There are many interventions in existence claiming to be beneficial for individuals with autism.  However, the field itself seems to be a magnet for interventions and therapies that are based in pseudo-science and have no research to support them. At worst, some of these interventions can be harmful and even if not directly harmful using…

Antecedent Based Interventions (ABI)

Antecedent Based Interventions (ABI) are a type of behavioral intervention designed to prevent challenging behavior.  With ABI, we assess conditions of an environment, such as the location, materials, noise level, instructions, and people present.  We also assess consequences that are reinforcing interfering behavior, such as the delivery of a desired item after a problem behavior…

Teaching Safety Skills Using Behavioral Skills Training

By Christine Holland, BCBA, LBA In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assisted law enforcement and families with approximately 20,500 cases of missing children.  Many families and caregivers try to protect their children from abduction by specifically teaching them skills like understanding the concept of strangers, warning signs of distrustful behavior, and what…

True Inclusion

By Christine Holland, M.S., BCBA, LBA As a service provider for individuals with development disabilities we are sometimes asked by businesses and community organizations outside the field how they can be more inclusive of individuals with developmental disabilities. While there are many things they can do, we have listed five basic tips to keep in mind interacting…

Tips for New Families

Families of children who have just received a diagnosis of autism can be overwhelmed thinking about what to do next. They have a lot of information to sift through, including advice from professionals and various websites, blogs, and social media sites. If you are a parent, the following resources are a great place to start.…

Fire Safety Tips

Fire safety is important for everyone, but particularly important for individuals with disabilities and those with limited communication skills. Here are some tips and resources to support people with disabilities. Use Visuals The National Fire Protection Assocation recommends creating a storybook to help indivdiuals with special needs understand what fire is and why it can…

Building Partnerships: A primer

By John A. Toscano, MSW, MBA President and Chief Executive Officer In the wide-ranging field of human services, we have a positive bias towards partnering. Our field is replete with many forms of mutual working, i.e. coalitions, consortiums, alliances, networks, information sharing, cooperation, coordination and collaboration. I believe this emanates from our shared belief that…