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GUEST POST: Benefits to Using An ABA Therapist at School

If you’re the parent of a child with autism, you’ve likely heard of applied behavior analysis, or ABA. Depending on where you are with regards to your child’s treatment options, you may not be fully familiar with the benefits that can come from working with an ABA professional. ABA therapists, sometimes called school behavior analysts,…

Daily Life Skills Series (Part 2) Washing Hands

Last week we focused on helping to raise independence in the bathroom during the brushing teeth activity, this week we move to a step by step instruction on how to teach your child hand washing instructions. All of these routines are crucial to living a healthy hygienic life for your child and allow them the…

Daily Life Skill Series (Part 1) Brushing Teeth

Introducing a new series by Progressive therapist, Alexis Martinez, taking you in 8 parts through teaching each of your child’s most common daily routines. First, brushing teeth!   During the course of work in the field, we have seen a growing need for a reference guide or “jumping off point” for training daily skills for…

What I Learned at the Autism Speaks Walk

This last weekend, the Special Needs community in South Florida came out to the 2017 Autism Speaks Walk. As always, the Progressive team came out in full force to get together and basically celebrate our shared commitment to working with our families, many of whom we had the honor of seeing. We spend far too…

The One Word All Parents Need to Remember – PROMISE

One of Progressive Behavioral Science’s goals is to make ABA as accessible and understandable as possible for parents. After all, ABA is an exploding field with so much research and data that it is enough, even in this age of information, to make heads spin. We at Progressive Behavioral Science have boiled a lot of ABA…

Finding Reliable Information on Autism

Tiffany N. Kilby is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and family member to individuals red-flagged for and diagnosed on the autism spectrum.  Tiffany has been around autism since birth. Committed to spreading autism awareness, Tiffany became an extern (volunteer) for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASATonline.org).  Tiffany’s passion goes beyond spreading autism awareness;…

What I’ve learned as a Behavior Analyst…so far

One scorching Miami day I sat in an introductory ABA course. I chose this course because it was rumored to be easy and I was a senior in College looking to perfect my GPA for Grad school applications. All of a sudden, the professor described something called “Applied Behavior Analysis”. He referred to it as…

GUEST POST on PERSPECTIVE: HOW TO THINK LIKE AN ANALYST

 THIS IS A GUEST POST BY PBS THERAPIST  DIAH ASKARI, BCBA. DIAH HAS DEDICATED HIS CAREER TO THE APPLICATION OF EVIDENCE-BASED SCIENCE AS A MEANS FOR CHILDREN TO REACH THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL, NO MATTER WHAT LABELS OR DIAGNOSES MAY FACE THEM…. As Behavior Analysts, we have been both blessed and cursed in the way we…

GUEST BLOG: You Might Be a Good Behavior Analyst If…

We read this blog post on Hannah Robicheau’s ABA Blog and loved it so much we asked her if we could use it here…. Add her blog to your favorites; we love her ideas! Hannah (M. Ed., BCBA, LBA-108) is a behavior analyst transplanted from Massachusetts to Arizona working at a private practice. Her current…

2 Minutes of ABA Can Improve Everyone’s Lives

As any of our wonderful therapists will tell you, the study of ABA is a lifetime pursuit. I have been doing this longer than most, and I still feel there is so much to learn. Every child is a new and different challenge, and requires a good therapist to relearn everything. Experience and certification are…

Guest Post: Who Am I?

Guest Post by Diah Askari, BCBA: “Who am I?” A seemingly simple question, requiring a simple answer. My name is Diah Askari; I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with my family and lived a comfortable childhood with a loving family. We had our struggles, but who does not? As I grew, so did my curiosity.…

Guest Post : Our Children Are Not Lost

GUEST POST by Melissa Lovio Sanchez, BCBA: Although April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day, the entire month of April is dedicated to spreading awareness. However, what we need more than anything is acceptance. When telling people what I do and the population I work with, I am often greeted with sympathetic expressions, generally paired…

Special Needs Kids: The Mythbusters Edition

We are making progress but we have a long way to go before people truly “get” special needs children. It’s time to bust some myths. Here are the three in most desperate need for busting. 1. Behavioral problems are due to bad parents who make excuses. I suppose this is a vestige of the way…

THREE QUESTIONS ABA THERAPISTS NEED TO ASK NEW EMPLOYERS

Having interviewed each of our 60 ABA therapists, and perhaps 100 more that were not the right fit for us, I have become an expert on why people change ABA jobs. I always ask, “Why are you leaving your last position?” Amazingly, I get three reasons 95% of the time. And, perhaps not surprisingly, they…

5 THINGS TO SAY TO YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD EACH DAY

ABA is not really a checklist. It’s a way of approaching situations, and each situation is unique. However, there are some very powerful and simple things you as a parent can be saying each day that get to the heart of ABA practice. I know our parents like concrete tips. These are 5 things you…

WHAT I HAVE LEARNED UP TO NOW

I want to use the opportunity of PBS’s first blog post to talk about something that is extremely important to me, but I rarely get the chance to share it. In the future, this blog will include articles- some heavy, some light- about ABA, parenting special-needs children, and some of the unbelievable research that is…

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