Trauma Informed Care for Behavior Analysts — Buzzword or Just Good Practice?

Trauma Informed Care for Behavior Analysts — Buzzword or Just Good Practice? What Defines a Trauma Informed Organization or System? “A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed: Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with…

Exploring Autism and Co-occurring Behavioral Health Conditions

The workshop addresses the co-occurring behavioral health conditions that are most common in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Content of the workshop includes:  Characteristics and prevalence of co-occurring behavioral health conditions  Differential diagnosis and characterization of behavioral health conditions in individuals with autism spectrum disorder  Approaches to treatment of co-occurring behavioral health conditions in individuals…

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…

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…

Motor Development and ASD

In 2012 Flanagan and colleagues presented evidence that infants’ head lag during a pull-to-sit task at age six months was significantly associated with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder at 36 months. The authors acknowledged limitations of the study, including a relatively small sample and the absence of a comparison group of infants with idiopathic…

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…

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…

Commonwealth Autism accredited by Standards for Excellence Institute

Commonwealth Autism recently received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous accreditation program. Commonwealth Autism voluntarily opened itself to analysis by a peer review team over the last 18 months that examined the organization’s compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. These standards cover…