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June 15, 2020
The transition to adulthood can be scary or overwhelming for our families and even more so for families of students with special needs. There is a lot to consider and a lot of unknown. In this episode, parent and advocate, Malinda Dalton Cook, shares her experiences with the transition process. Malinda created a group called Autism Masterminds to bring together parents who are facing the same journey with their children into adulthood. This community helps support parents as they face difficult decisions and navigate this unfamiliar process. Malinda shares some advice and tips for both parents and educators on how to help parents understand the transition process and create functional IEP goals. She also shares strategies for collaborating as team during the years leading up the transition out of school. website: https://www.autismmastermind.co/ Autism Mastermind Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sans-the-sugarcoat-our-autism-journey/id1460084958 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
June 1, 2020
Inferencing is an essential skill that impacts academic, functional, and social skills. Many children struggle with 'reading between the lines' and comprehending things that aren't explicitly said. Speech Language Pathologist Hallie Sherman shares some easy to implement activities to teach this important concept. Hallie gives ideas for working on this skill even at the most basic level with our younger learners and learners with limited language skills. Hallie's Website: https://speechtimefun.com/ Hallie's Podcast: https://speechtimefun.com/category/podcast/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
May 27, 2020
Enrollment is open for Behavior Change: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Online learning course until May 31, 2020. This is the LAST time this course will be available this school year. In this episode, I share the background of why I created an online course. It was important for me to set it up in a way that was easy to access, manageable, and could easily fit into any teacher's busy schedule. I choose to create a course on behavior change because this is easily my most commonly asked about subject. As a BCBA, I am passionate about talking about the strategies rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis. But I am also a former classroom teacher, so I come at everything from that perspective. I love talking and teaching about ABA in a way that is applicable, easy to understand, and can work in a variety of settings. When we first launched this course early, over 1,000 teachers, parents, and professionals signed up. In this episode, I share some of their feedback on the course. Teachers, paraprofessionals, BCBAs, parents, clinicians, and more share what they loved most about the course, what they found valuable, and how they are applying what they learned. Head to theautismhelpercourses.com for more info on the course and to sign up today!
May 18, 2020
Writing a good IEP goal is the first step to planning and creating academic progress, data systems, and overall growth. Good IEP goals can also help you avoid a due process case and create more positive relationships with families. In this episode, Vickie Brett and Amanda Selogie share their expertise as special education attorneys. Vickie and Amanda founded the inclusive Education Project, a legal advocacy non-profit organization that provides support for families of children with special needs. Vickie and Amanda provide valuable advice for both parents and educators on how two navigate the IEP process. They share why due process cases typically come about, what steps you can take to avoid a conflict getting to this level, and what red flags to look for on an IEP. We delve into IEP goals and they share some best practices on how teachers can create IEP goals and what parents should look for when reviewing goals. We also discuss tips for collaborating with parents and creating a true team that works cohesively. website: https://www.inclusiveeducationproject.org/ Inclusive Education Project Podcast: https://www.inclusiveeducationproject.org/podcast Sign up for May 27th Free Live Webinar: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/17/8v1rzu3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
May 11, 2020
Through her experience as a classroom teacher, Robin Fox developed a curriculum based around improv activities. Robin shares how these improv games can teach mindfulness, cognitive awareness, and social skills in an inviting and engaging way. Robin shares how to get started using improv, which concepts you can build on, and how to differentiate for a wide range of learners. This can be a fun and beneficial way to incorporate social skills instruction into your classroom! Social Eyes: https://www.social-eyes.org/about/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. Sign up for May 27th Free Live Webinar: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/17/8v1rzu3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
May 4, 2020
Julie Hornok is a mom to a daughter with autism and founder of United in Autism. United in Autism is a non-profit that builds community for special needs parents. As a parent and an advocate, Julie has valuable insight into how educators and providers can best connect and build relationships with parents. She shares tips and strategies based on her own experiences. We also discussed school closings during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time of uncharted waters for everyone, Julie shares valuable advice on what would be helpful for parents during this time and how to best support in the e-learning process. Sign up for May 27th Free Live Webinar: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/17/8v1rzu3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 27, 2020
In this episode, Dr. Peter Vierno shares important information and action steps regarding the transition to adulthood. Peter discusses how to start building towards the transition process at early childhood, elementary, and high school by both teachers and parents. He explains legal guardianship, the implications transition choices may have, and how to best review these options as a team. We cover a lot of ground in this episode on a truly important topic! More from Peter: http://mvptransitionconsulting.com/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. Sign up for May 27th Free Live Webinar: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/17/8v1rzu3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 20, 2020
In this episode, I interview BCBA Shannon Biagi. Shannon is an author, entrepreneur, and supervisor in organizational behavior management. Shannon shares what OBM is and how teachers can utilize these principles to manage their team more effectively. She shares how to define what behaviors you want to see from your staff and how to troubleshoot when you aren't seeing those things. Shannon explained the application of the Performance Diagnostic Checklist for identifying the reasons why staff performance issues may be occurring. Download the checklist here: https://theautismhelper.com/pdc-extracted-appendix-a-from-pampino-et-al-2003/ More from Shannon: https://www.chiefmotivatingofficers.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chiefmotivatingofficers/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 14, 2020
While schools are closed, teachers can continue to improve and grow professionally. This may actually help bring in a little bit of normalcy to an abnormal situation. Whether you feel like this situation has left you with more time or less time, fitting in small amounts of time to learn something new is good for the mind and the soul. There are many free ways to find professional development opportunities. Find new podcasts or do research on a podcast episode that you found interesting. Check out my YouTube Training Series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlapD5j_DMc&list=PLaNcwbUxolMjt747OBC1-y9bQCoeQb2eq and find new YouTube channels to explore. You can take a free 40 hour training to become a Registered Behavior Technician (https://autismpartnershipfoundation.org/course-progress/). Research Donors Choose, Class Fund on TpT, and other grants for your classroom. The Autism Helper has a brand new e-learning course. This course - Behavior Change: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - is open for enrollment until 4/19. Earn at your own pace and earn 4 CEUs upon completion. Learn more here:  theautismhelpercourses.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 6, 2020
With little warning, we have been thrown into a situation most of us were not ready for. With school closures around the world, teachers are suddenly trying to figure out how to make distance learning work for their classrooms. In this episode, I am sharing 4 tips for setting up and running distance learning in a special education classroom. Go with what you know. Keep it simple. Focus on connections. Differentiate your options. We discuss some options for setting up distance learning in special education classrooms and how to keep a positive mindset. Emergency HomeSchool Kit for parents:  http://theautismhelper.com/emergency-home-school-kit/ Jen's E-Learning tips: highlight on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theautismhelper/ 5 Tips for E-Learning: https://theautismhelper.com/5-tips-for-teachers-during-e-learning/ Supporting Sensory Needs at Home: https://theautismhelper.com/supporting-sensory-needs-at-home/ Tips for Parents Turned Special Education Teachers: https://theautismhelper.com/tips-for-parents-turned-homeschool-special-education-teachers/ Realistic Expectations During Distance Learning: https://theautismhelper.com/expectationsdistancelearning/ Occupational Therapy and E-Learning: https://theautismhelper.com/occupational-therapy-and-e-learning-ideas-activities-and-next-steps/ E-Learning in the Self-Contained Classroom: https://theautismhelper.com/e-learning-in-the-self-contained-classroom --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 30, 2020
In this episode, I answer 4 questions from listeners that cover everything from behavior to staff training to collaborating with team members. The questions I answer in this episode: - How can I help my paras understand the importance of taking data? - What should I do when behaviors escalate when an iPad or preferred item is taken away? - What are some tips for pushing into a classroom to support students in inclusion settings? - How do you manage self-injurious behaviors? To get your questions answered, email sasha@theautismhelper.com with the subject PODCAST QUESTIONS. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 23, 2020
Molly Ola Pinney is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Autism Project, a nonprofit organization that increases the capacity of local individuals working with children with autism worldwide. In this episode, Molly shares how the Global Autism Project started and how far reaching its impacts are today. Molly discusses her focus on empowering others through the guiding principle "Do with not for." Molly and I discuss how this model that she has used to build the Global Autism Project to the success it is today can be translated into a classroom setting. Molly shares valuable insights on how to work with your team through focusing on observation, listening, and asking questions. This episode is a must listen for building up your leadership skills! More from Molly: https://www.globalautismproject.org/ https://www.ted.com/talks/molly_ola_pinney_doing_things_for_others_doesn_t_help Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 16, 2020
In this episode, I am chatting with Leah Behrens. Leah is a parent to two children diagnosed with autism and shares her positive, honest, and hilarious point of view over on instagram (@leahbehrens) and her blog. Leah shares the diagnosis process for both of her kids and how she works with them at home. Over the years, Leah has worked with countless teachers, professionals, and therapists. Leah shares her advice on best practices teachers and professionals can have for working collaboratively with parents. She touches on communication, language to use, and how to truly make it a team approach. I love her perspective and positivity! More from Leah: https://thebehrensden.com/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 9, 2020
Jenny Friedman is a registered dietician and specializes at working with children with eating challenges and children on the spectrum. In this episode, Jenny shares tons of practical tips on how to encourage children to try new foods and expand the range of preferred healthy foods. Teachers have an important role when it comes to overcoming eating obstacles. Many students eat multiple meals at school and school staff can help students broaden their food repertoires. Jenny's tips are applicable for both the school and home setting. All of her suggestions focus on building positive relationships with food and are sensitive to the sensory needs of children on the spectrum. More from Jenny: https://www.jennyfriedmannutrition.com/ @autism.nutritionist on Instagram Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 2, 2020
I have a lot of pet peeves when it comes to the mastery criteria in an IEP goal. In this episode, I break down some of the most common pitfalls for this part of the IEP goal and what you can do to avoid it. There are 3 important questions to ask yourself when developing the mastery criteria for an IEP goal: What does mastery of this skill really look like? What can you accomplish in the timeline you have? and How will you be taking data? In this episode, we review these three questions and the impacts your answers will have on creating a mastery criteria that is logical and attainable. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 24, 2020
Transitioning is a skill that some of our learners may benefit from more instruction on. In this episode learn my 7 tips for teaching students to tolerate transitions effectively. I focus on evidence based antecedent interventions. We want to prevent the problem behavior before it starts. Identify tweaks or additions you can add to your classroom to make transitions better and less challenging for your learners. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 17, 2020
In this episode, I interview Dr. Megan Miller on strategies for approaching challenging behaviors while consistently looking at maintaining the dignity and respect for students. Megan Miller, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA is the co-founder of Navigation Behavioral Consulting and the Chief Clinical Officer of LifeTribe. Dr. Miller is an author and presenter on best practices within Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Miller discusses common strategies and why they may be problematic and what we can do instead. She focused on the importance of working with the child where they are at and fading towards the ultimate goal. She also stressed the importance of identifying and teaching missing skills as an essential component to the behavior plan. More from Dr. Miller: DoBetter Website: www.dobetterpod.com Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dobettermovement/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 10, 2020
After doing your due diligence and taking some baseline data, you may uncover what could be an attention seeking behavior. In today's episode, we break down exactly what that means. What can this attention look like? How will your data show you it's attention seeking? Next, I share tips and strategies on how to approach these types of behaviors from a skills perspective. Look to identify the missing skills your students need and focus on increasing those. I also share some ways your data may be skewed and how to know if you are on the right track. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 3, 2020
There are no prerequisites to social skills! Ashley Rose, BCBA, is an expert at teaching social skills in a behavior analytic way. Ashley Rose is owner/director of Mission Cognition, Social Skills Development Centers. In this episode, Ashley shares tips and strategies to incorporate social skills into all areas of the school day. We discuss the importance of social skills and why, sometimes, this is a daunting area. Ashley breaks down how to select social skills and directly teach these skills to our students use evidence based practices. Ashley also shares the importance of play in the classroom and details a variety of ways to incorporate play, take data on social skills within a play based setting, and how to teach using play. More from Ashely: https://www.missioncognition.com/ https://mission-cognition-share.com/ Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 23, 2020
The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership is open for enrollment from 1/23 - 1/29. In this episode, hear from some of our current members on how they are using the membership, what strategies they put into action right away, and what has made the biggest impact in their classrooms. The membership will not reopen again until next school year! The Autism Helper Membership provides ongoing training, resources, and community through short monthly training videos, access to digital resources, and an exclusive facebook group to share ideas. Ready to Join? Visit: theautismhelpermembership.com Have questions? Get them answered by someone from The Autism Helper via live chat at: theautismhelpermembership.com Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper.
January 16, 2020
In this podcast episode, check out a replay of my FB Live from 1/14 where I discuss video 1 from the Behavior Change Masterclass. In the live, we chat about having a behavior change mindset, why it's essential for creating effective behavior plans, and what you can do to get your team on board! I share the strategies I use for keeping my perspective in check and maintaining a growth mindset. I also share what has worked for me for managing teams and shifting the attitude in your school community. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 13, 2020
You are never truly an expert on something until you know how to teach it to others. Reinforcement is something that affects all areas of your classroom and your students' success. It affects your students' academic skills, level of independence, social skills, problem behaviors, and more. It's a fundamental component to your classroom. You absolutely need to ensure that you and your team are on the same page when it comes to something so important. Whether your team has misunderstandings of how to utilize reinforcement the right way or what reinforcers are or if there just isn't enough reinforcement going on, it's time to level up this area of your collective skill set. In this episode, I break down how to utilize Behavior Skills Training (an evidence based approach) to teach your team all of the important details and nuances of reinforcement done right. Throwback episodes: Episode 41: How Reinforcement Goes Wrong - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-41-how-reinforcement-goes-wrong/id1443908794?i=1000449956558 Episode 1: Staff Training https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-1-staff-training/id1443908794?i=1000424237499 Episode 3: Staff Training Part 2 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-3-staff-training-pt-ii/id1443908794?i=1000424237497 Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 6, 2020
Leading your team effectively is essential for student success in the classroom. However, leadership skills aren't something that are taught and don't always come naturally. In this episode, I interview Dr. Sara Feldman. Sara is the co-owner of The Helm ABA Services in the Dallas area. As Sara has grown her business, she saw the importance in developing her team into strong leaders. Sara shares things a good leader does: - has a vision - shares the vision in a way others understand - is consistent with your feedback - has empathy This episode is packed with value! Staff training is so important to your classroom and this episode will help you fine tune your skills in this area! More from Sara: http://thehelmaba.com/ @thehelmaba Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 16, 2019
In a school setting, working on teams is always part of the job. However, teamwork is hard. It can be even more challenging when working with colleagues who are "difficult". You may have colleagues who are pushy, overly opinionated, or aggressive. This can add stress to your day and impact your happiness at work. In this episode, we take an ABA approach to collaboration. I share 4 common teamwork strategies and explain why taking these steps can be effective. Let's look at adult interactions through the same behavior lens that works with our students to help you work more effectively with challenging colleagues and reduce stress in these situations. Get our free 10 Quick Wins for Positive Behavior Change https://theautismhelper.com/10wins. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 9, 2019
A power struggle occurs when two individuals are unwilling to change their opinion or position. Power struggles happen in our lives and in our classrooms. In this episode, learn my 6 strategies for AVOIDING the power struggle before it even starts. 1. Pick your battles. 2. Give ways to be in control. 3. Say yes instead of no. 4. Model what you want to see. 5. Give transition warnings. 6. Don't punish the effort. Work proactively instead of reactively. Build up your student or child's skill set and let them feel successful. Nobody wins in the power struggle so let's not even go there! Get our free 10 Quick Wins for Positive Behavior Change https://theautismhelper.com/10wins. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 2, 2019
Executive functioning skills are a set of process to get things done to achieve a goal. They are the skills you need to perform (or execute) a task. Once I started learned about how these skills, I had some major light bulb moments. I knew so many students, clients, and adults who struggled with these skills. I immediately saw how these skills could impact so many areas of an individual's life. I instantly became passionate about learning about how to teach and strengthened executive functions! Executive functioning skills involve behavior and behavior can be learned or strengthened! In this episode, get an intro into what executive functioning skills are and how they can impact our learners. Get my step by step plan on how to address skill deficits in a way that gives a big impact. Get our free 10 Quick Wins for Positive Behavior Change https://theautismhelper.com/10wins. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 25, 2019
Dr. Laura Riffel is also know as the Behavior Doctor and has trained hundreds of thousands of teachers, clinicians, and parents on the principles of function based behavior change. In this episode, she is sharing her revamped Competing Pathways Chart. Laura shares all the details on how to utilize this framework to identify the function of behavior and develop a strategy for positive and long lasting behavior change. Download the Competing Pathways Chart here: https://theautismhelper.com/competing-pathways-chart-dr-laura-riffel/ More on Dr. Laura Riffel, the Behavior Doctor here: https://behaviordoctor.org/ Get our free 10 Quick Wins for Positive Behavior Change https://theautismhelper.com/10wins. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 18, 2019
The school day starts from the second your student or child leaves the house and there is quite a lot that can happen between that moment and when the child enters the classroom. School bus staff are responsible for part of students' school day but receive very little (if any!) training and support. In this episode, I interview Patrick Mulick. Patrick is a BCBA, special education administrator, and educational consultant with a passion for helping provide transportation staff with the resources they need to be successful. Patrick and I discuss why including transportation staff is so important and what impacts this can have on students' school day. He shares actionable tips and strategies that you can incorporate today to help get the school bus staff that you work with on the same page in an easy to implement way. Learn more about Patrick Mulick, BCBA here: http://patrickmulick.com/ Get our free 10 Quick Wins for Positive Behavior Change https://theautismhelper.com/10wins. Interested in learning more about The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership? Click here: https://theautismhelpermembership.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 11, 2019
In this episode, Whitney Sarnowski shares her story from special ed teacher and soon to be BCBA to special needs parent. She shares the details of her son's diagnosis with autism and discusses what early warning signs she saw in her son. After identifying these signs, she reached out to Florida State's First Words Project (https://firstwordsproject.com/) and worked collaboratively with their team in the evaluation process. Whitney's son Kyson was diagnosed with autism at 20 months. Whitney was ready to start early intervention as soon as possible to give Kyson the skills he needed to learn, develop, and communicate effectively. Whitney also shares how she utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis strategies and principles with her son in her home. She discusses incidental teaching, manding, and creating a structured and routine based environment to help Kyson be successful. Her suggestions as applicable to the home and school setting! Whitney shares her journey at www.thespectrumcompass.com and strives to help parents going through the diagnosis process. Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 4, 2019
Even with the best of intentions, utilizing AAC to its fullest can be both intimidating and overwhelming. In this episode, Susan Berkowitz, SLP helps streamline this process by sharing actionable and user friendly tips. Susan shares her 10 Best Practices for AAC Use in the Classroom. We discuss how staff can set up communicate opportunities, teach use of the AAC system, and help students expand their skill sets. Susan gives strategies that are applicable to any setting or age level. If you have AAC users in your classroom, you will benefit from these tips! Susan’s website: http://susanberkowitz.net/ Susan’s book: http://maketheconnectionbook.com/ Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 28, 2019
In my blog, social media, and this podcast, I strive to strike a balance between being positive and having a problem solving attitude with sharing being honest and discussing the struggles that come with the job of a special education teacher. In this episode, I want to share some of my hardest moments from my teaching career. I think it's important to talk about the challenges because it lets others going through the same situation know that they are not alone. I want to share what each of those situations taught me and how they made me a better teacher, BCBA, and person. Because I am discussing more sensitive subjects, I am not sharing any specifics for the stories in this episode. I always want maintain the confidentiality and respect of every student and adult I have worked with. I give the context of each scenario without revealing any identifying information or specifics. If you are going through a challenging time in your career, know that you are not alone. This job is hard. But you will get through this. Your students are lucky to have you and these struggles will make you a better educator! Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 21, 2019
Jody is the parent of 5 year old, Remy. Jody shares the story of fining out her daughter was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called PCDH19 and autism. From the process of diagnosis to acceptance, Jody discuss the lessons she has learned from her daughter, how she decided to share her story, and why having a community around you who understands is so important. Jody’s motivational message is a must listen and will encourage you to continue to develop deeper relationships with the parents of your students. Jody’s podcast Accepting the Unacceptable can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/accepting-unacceptable-parenting-autism-epilepsy-special/id1436220321 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 14, 2019
Dr. Amanda Kelly (also known as Behavior Babe) is passionate about sharing all the Applied Behavior Analysis can offer. In this episode, Dr. Kelly and I discuss actionable strategies and ideas that teachers can utilize in the classroom. Dr. Kelly shares seemingly simple tweaks to things you are likely already doing that can have a big impact. She puts a behavior analytic spin on common classroom practices to help teacher give their students the best opportunities to succeed. website: https://www.behaviorbabe.com/ podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/behaviorbabe/id1447633783 Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
October 7, 2019
In this episode, I interview Rosemarie Griffin who is an SLP and BCBA. Rose is passionate about giving all learners a voice by using evidence based practices and a multi-disciplinary approach. Rose shares her 5 tips for working with students with limited language. We discuss assessment, how to identify student reinforces, and strategies for building up team collaboration. Rose’s tips are actionable and applicable to so many of our settings! Learn more from Rose at abaspeech.org! Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
September 30, 2019
Creating IEP goals that are meaningful for both the student and the teacher is going to led to more progress. The goal needs to be meaningful to the student by identifying an area of need that will allow that student more opportunities for growth and increased independence. The goal needs to be meaningful to the teacher by creating a clear plan for goal implementation and progress monitoring. In this episode, I share 5 steps towards writing great IEP goals. I discuss how utilizing actionable words, establishing mastery criterion that makes sense, fully including the parents as parent of the team, and more will result in more complete and effective IEP goals. Get all updates from The Autism Helper Podcast by clicking subscribe above. Head over to theautismhelper.com for more info. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest @theautismhelper. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
September 23, 2019
The last thing any parent or teacher wants is for the debate over a student’s educational rights to escalate towards due process. However, unfortunately this can happen. In this episode, I interview special education attorney, Jennifer Price. Jennifer shares why ensuring that the rights of students are met can get complicated. Jennifer shares some actionable steps a teacher can do to establish a definition of student progress and demonstrate growth. She also identifies some red flags that parents can look for that my be a sign that a student is not receiving the education he is entitled to. This is an important topic that can impact our students in a variety of ways. Jennifer is passionate about special education and the right to a quality education for everyone Jennifer is the author of More EmpowerEd: Using Real Case Samples to Look Deeper into IEP Management. In her new book, she breaks down court cases from 2018 with real applications for how you can better advocate for your child’s education.
September 16, 2019
Reinforcement is a term that's thrown around a lot however it's commonly misunderstood and misused. Reinforcement is something that comes after a behavior that causes an increase in the probability of that behavior happening again in the future. There are two big warnings signs I see when I think, "This isn't actually reinforcement." When I am told a "reinforcer" doesn't work or when I see a "reinforcer" used before a positive behavior occurs (in hopes that it will), I know this is reinforcement gone wrong. In this episode, let's explore how reinforcement goes wrong and what you can do to make sure it doesn't with your learners. I absolutely love talking about reinforcement because it's what makes everything work in our classrooms - academics, behavior plans, social skills - it all starts with that ever-important reinforcer! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
September 9, 2019
There are plenty of misconceptions and myths about Applied Behavior Analysis. In this episode, Tameika Meadows, BCBA and I are on a mission to debunk the myths. We discuss some situations where something may be identified as ABA but in reality it is not aligned with the best practices and principles of our field. Tameika and I discuss the misconceptions that ABA teaches robotic skills, doesn’t take into account client preferences, and is working to erase autism. Tameika pulls from her valuable experience in the field as we highlight the BACB’s ethical guidelines that emphasize how Applied Behavior Analysis works to teach socially significant behavior that benefits the learner’s quality of life. We cover a lot of ground in this episode! We dive into how to select an ABA company, what red flags you be aware of for poor “ABA” services, and tips for collaborating with BCBAs. Tameika is the creator of the blog & resource website www.ILoveABA.com, which is accessed daily by thousands of people all over the world. Through her website Ms. Meadows provides simple and practical information, strategies, tips, and proudly disseminates the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. Tameika is also the author of multiple introductory level Applied Behavior Analysis books, such as: “101 Ways to do ABA”, a resource guide for parents and therapists; “From A to Z: Teaching Skills to Children with Autism”, a resource guide for educators; and “A Manual: Creating an Autism Intervention Program”, a resource guide for practice owners. Ms. Meadows has also published multiple ABA e-Books, exclusively available on Kindle. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
September 2, 2019
Get the best of Sasha's Professional Development Workshops in a digestible and easy to understand format in our brand new Professional Development Group. In this episode, learn the details of how this membership came to be, what actionable strategies our members will learn, and how Sasha can help you step by step this school year. Enrollment is open September 2-7. Learn more here: www.theautismhelpermembership.com
August 26, 2019
I frequently get asked, “Should I become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst?? My quick answer: “Yes!” My long answer isn’t so simple. While I am passionate about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and am always eager for others to drink the kool-aide too and become a BCBA, there are a lot of important considerations when making this decision. In this episode, I interview Dr.Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D. BCBA-D. She is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis degree programs at National Louis University (NLU). Prior to founding the ABA programs at National Louis University, she was an Assistant Professor and Director of Applied Professional Practice at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Jen gives a great overview of the process of becoming a BCBA. We delve deep into the supervision piece and discuss tips for selecting a supervision placement, what to ask potential supervisors, and what factors should impact your decision. If you have ever thought about becoming a BCBA, this episode is for you. It is jam packed with practical information and advice! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
August 19, 2019
Whenever I get a question about how to handle staff conflict, my go-to response is “Did you make a team mission statement?” A team mission statement is an essential tool to create with your staff to establish a collaborative work environment and avoid or handle miscommunications. In this episode, learn the first step to creating a team mission statement - finding the TIME to sit down and do this with your staff. Learn how to identify options for staff training time.  The team mission statement is essential for getting everyone on the same page. It helps prevent miscommunication, and creates a cohesive team culture. This episodes discusses 3 simple questions that outline your team mission statement: What do we want for our students? What do we want for our team? What do we want for our school? These questions can frame your expectations, responsibilities, and values.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
August 12, 2019
6 Simple Ways to Get Staff Buy-In Having staff buy-in is the make or break of a great team. Staff members that have buy-in see the reasons why strategies work. They are collaborative and cooperative. So how do you develop and cultivate staff buy-in? This is something you need to work towards and work at. In this episode, we pull from concepts related to staff training, growth mindset, and leadership skills to create 6 action items. When you work on these steps, you will develop a team that works together and makes progress.  Here are my 6 simple ways: Treat your staff as teachers. Build rapport. Sell it. Prioritize. Set up a quick win. Own your losses Final step: set up reminders or prompts for yourself! Write these steps on a post it and put on your desk. Screen shot this description. Do whatever you need to do to remind yourself to work these strategies into each and every day!  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
August 5, 2019
Whether you are a first year teacher, a teacher new to special education, or a veteran teacher starting in a new school - being the newbie is hard. In this episode, I share my three important tips for being the new teacher. When you are new - ask for help, plan baby steps, and observe first. These simple strategies help you tackle the overwhelming to do list. They also help you learn about your new school’s future and expectations. Every new role comes with new nuances and those can be tricky to pick up on right away.  If you aren’t a new teacher, it’s your job to help that new teacher feel welcome to your school community. Then, take it one step farther. Help that new teacher become a valuable member of your faculty. This episode also discusses what important steps you can take to help the new teacher out.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
July 29, 2019
Addressing the communication needs of your students needs to be incorporated into every inch of your classroom. That's why this final step of the classroom setup process is completely dedicated to communication. Speech Language Pathologist, Sarah Allen, and I discuss how to get your classroom communication-ready. From best practices for communication systems to activities that will build communication at all levels, there is a lot to consider when it comes to setting up your classroom for optimal communication opportunities. Learn how you can ensure every student has a voice at all times in your room and why this is critically important. Review stations and centers that are fun and engaging while simultaneously increasing communication skills. Most importantly, establish a plan for collaborating regularly with your speech language pathologist and make the most out of that important relationship! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
July 15, 2019
Now let's get to the meat and potatoes of your classroom. When setting up your class, what curriculum and activities do you need to ensure your students are learning? There's no quick and easy answer. The idea of developing a set of materials for your students is overwhelming. You may have students that have an extremely wide range of skills. You are working on potty training and pronouns and everything in between. The general education curriculum may not be appropriate for your class. You have two jobs: special education teacher and curriculum developer (but only one salary). In this episode, we break down this process. One of our team bloggers, Gina and I discuss how to utilize assessments, your IEP goals, and state standards to prioritize, organize, and develop curriculum for your classroom. So before you start laminating away, take a minute to pause and be thoughtful and purposeful about what you are creating for your students.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
July 1, 2019
Yes - data collection needs its own step in the classroom setup process because it is that important. Data should be the backbone of your classroom. You should embed your data collection system into your classroom setup process. Make it something thoughtful and purposeful not an afterthought. In this episode, we review best practices and tips for setting up academic and behavior data. For academic data, decide if organization by student or by center is best for your (hint: there’s no wrong answer). Organization is key because you need the time between your student doing a behavior to your pen hitting the data sheet to be minimal. For behavior data, learn more about my top 3 tips: keep it easy, keep it central, and make a team endeavor. Whatever stage you are at in the data collection process, this episode will challenge you to make it more efficient and streamlined.  Links:  TAH Data Blog Posts: https://theautismhelper.com/category/behavior/data/ Making Data Collection Quick & Easy: https://theautismhelper.com/making-data-collection-quick-easy/ Paraprofessional Run IEP Center: https://theautismhelper.com/paraprofessional-run-iep-goal-station/ Taking Data on Extreme Behaviors: https://theautismhelper.com/taking-data-extreme-behaviors/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
June 17, 2019
In this episode, we review how to set up visuals in your classroom in a way that is purposeful and effective. You want only the visuals that are useful and not a whole huge set of ones you don’t need. Use visuals to label. This helps with organization and teaching students to independently find and put away materials. Use visuals to support directives. We give so many verbal command on a daily basis and our kids with receptive language processing challenges just can’t keep up. Use visuals to show order to events/routines by creating mini schedules. Last, use visuals for behaviors and academics. This is essential. Use visuals to show the many if/then relationships we set up and the rules of the classroom. These visuals are a tool and our student will need to be taught how to use these tools. Learn how to teach your staff and teach your students how to utilize these visuals on a regular basis.  Behavior visuals: https://theautismhelper.com/58903-2/ Visual necklace: https://theautismhelper.com/visual-necklace/ Visuals for routines: https://theautismhelper.com/using-visuals-teach-routines/ Mini schedules: https://theautismhelper.com/using-mini-schedules-classroom/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
June 3, 2019
Schedules are a must have for every classroom because they are functional. We all use schedules! In step 3 of the Seven Steps for Setting a Stellar Autism Classroom, we review the whole schedule process. First, learn how to create a detailed student and staff schedule (and some important reasons on why you need both). After you create student and staff schedules, it’s time to make schedules for your students. Schedules should be individualized! Not every student needs a visual and moveable-piece schedule. Think about schedules on continuum. You should always be working towards having each student use a schedule that is less restricted and more generalizable. Some formats schedules can be in are object schedules, picture schedules, or written schedules and there are a multitude of ways to customize those options! The last step is training you staff to teach your students how to use their schedule. Schedules need to be taught! Links:  All schedule posts: https://theautismhelper.com/category/behavior/schedules-behavior/ Preschool Schedules: https://theautismhelper.com/circle-time-routine-and-daily-schedule-in-a-prek-inclusive-classroom Picking the Right Schedule Type for Each Student: https://theautismhelper.com/picking-the-right-schedule-type-for-each-student/ Creating a Master Classroom Schedule: https://theautismhelper.com/picking-the-right-schedule-type-for-each-student/ Creating a Classroom Excel Schedule: https://theautismhelper.com/creating-classroom-excel-schedule/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
May 27, 2019
Why is structure important? A structured environment decreases negative behaviors, lessens student anxiety, increases independence, and improves student independence. And guess what? It also helps you manage and lead your staff. Creating and maintaining a structured and routine oriented environment will help your team work more collaboratively. In this episode, Jen Koenig, one our of team bloggers, and I discuss best practices for creating a structured environment. Jen shares her two essential considerations for each area of her classroom: functional and accessible. We discuss the different areas of Jen’s classroom and her thought process behind setting it up in a specific way.  Creating a classroom that is visually divided and visually defined will lead to overall student success. Your students will learn more and your team will be more effective. This episode is filled with action items and essential questions to be asking yourself either before you set up your class or in the middle of the school year.  Links: Color Coding Tools: https://theautismhelper.com/color-coding-tools/ Keeping Organized with Schedules: https://theautismhelper.com/keeping-organized-with-schedules/ Setting Up Center Rotations: https://theautismhelper.com/making-center-rotations-a-breeze/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
May 20, 2019
Step 1 in the Seven Steps for Setting Up a Stellar Autism Classroom: Organization and Planning. Don’t be tempted to skip this step. The classroom process should be purposeful and thoughtful. Spend time actively brainstorming and evaluating the needs of your students. Remember, as Dr. Stephen Shore said, “If you’ve meet one individual with autism, you’ve meet one individual with autism.” Your classroom should be changing and evolving every year because the needs of your students will be changing every year. In this episode, we review important topics to begin the planning process. First we discuss how to create a “student need snapshot” by reviewing your students’ IEPs. Then we cover several important areas of the classroom to begin thinking about how the needs of your students will impact these areas. Finally, we start to make a list of centers for your classroom to address the IEP goals. Types of centers include group centers, direction instruction, paraprofessional led centers, independent center, and leisure centers. Many examples for each type are discussed!  Our classrooms sometimes look different because the needs of our students are so different. Let some good brainstorming and reflection drive your setup process!  Classroom Setup Checklist: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Seven-Steps-for-Setting-Up-a-Stellar-Autism-Room-CHECKLIST-1338047 20 Questions for Organizing and Planning you setup: https://theautismhelper.com/organization-planning-20-questions-ask-starting-classroom-setup/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
May 13, 2019
Dr. Mary Barbera is a best selling author, BCBA, and autism mom. In this episode, I chat with Mary about her journey into the autism world. She shares the story of her son’s diagnosis, how she learned about ABA, and what inspired her to become a BCBA. Mary’s bestselling book, The Verbal Behavior Approach, comes from Mary’s years of experience working with children with autism. Mary discusses how the verbal behavior approach is different than what many think of as ‘traditional’ autism and some important take home lessons from her book. Mary has developed several courses for parents, teachers, and BCBAs and provides insight as to which course would work best for each group. This episode is filled with helpful information from a true expert in the field! Links:  https://www.marybarbera.com https://www.amazon.com/The-Verbal-Behavior-Approach-Disorders/dp/1843108526/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358195509&sr=8-1&keywords=the+verbal+behavior+approach Turn Around Autism Podcast: https://www.marybarbera.com/podcast/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
May 6, 2019
Shannon Penrod is a parent of a child with autism and a true advocate. She is the host of Autism Live a YouTube channel where she shares her experiences on parenting and ABA as well as interviews many experts in the field. Shannon’s perspective is invaluable and her story will motivate and inspire you.  Shannon and I discuss the process of her son’s diagnosis, his early years of ABA, and the successes he has had. She shares some of the struggles and how she was able to handle the difficult moments. Shannon gives her tips for finding a quality ABA program and the advice she gives parents of children with autism most frequently. There is so much to learn in this episode!  Shannon’s website: http://www.autism-live.com Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AutismLive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AutismLive/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 29, 2019
BCBAs Shira Gaunt and Shayna Karpel discuss school readiness and all that it entails. Shira and Shayna are from How to ABA and the Bx Resource. Coming from both a clinical and school background, Shira and Shayna share practical tips and ABA strategies in an understandable way. In this episode, we talk about what behaviors kids need to be successful in school. Shira and Shayna share their tips on teaching students how to work collaboratively, ask for help, and more. This episode is filled with ready to implement action items and a must-listen for teachers and clinicians. Links: https://howtoaba.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/howtoaba/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 22, 2019
In this Q and A episode, listener questions are answered in detail! I share my advice for those wanting to become BCBA and the process I took in that endeavor. Next, I discuss strategies for keeping the noise level of staff down and how to directly and respectfully address those concerns with your team. Then, I review the legal issues surrounding leaving students out of a field trip due to behavioral or physical needs as well as some best practices to utilize during a field trip. Last, I answer a questions regarding a major behavioral problem with a student and what are the first steps to take in that situation. Links about field trip discrimination: https://www.wrightslaw.com/howey/field.trip.transport.htm https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/does-having-aide-on-iep-include-field-trips-ca/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 15, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Christine Reeve and I discuss best practices for data collection. Chris is a BCBA with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She has over 20 years experience in the field and has worked in a wide range of settings. Her most recent book, Taming the Data Monster, is a comprehensive resources on easy-to-adapt data collection systems. Chris is truly a data expert and we discuss everything from getting started taking data, how to analyze your data and make data based decisions, ways to get your staff on board, and more. Follow Chris @ https://www.autismclassroomresources.com. Resources: Chris’s free webinar on data collection: https://acrlinks.com/data-webinar Excel spreadsheet: https://acrlinks.com/excel-template  Self-Graphing Data Sheets Blog Post: https://acrlinks.com/self-graph --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 8, 2019
A successful business thrives off of productivity, efficiency, and effective team management. In this episode learn how to apply popular business and productivity life hacks and philosophies to your classroom. Grab some actionable takeaways that can be added into your work day immediately.  8 Business Strategies to Apply to Your Classroom: Eat the frog: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” Mark Twain 80/20 Principle: 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results. Delegate Effectively:  “Delegation requires the willingness to pay for short term failure in order to gain long term competency.” Dave Ramsey BHAG: Big hairy audacious goals. Time Blocking: Things will take the amount of the time that you give it. Schedule email time: Do not let your email control your time.  “Bitch” Up: Complain or vent only to people above you. Sandwich Feedback: Provide feedback in a specific order to highlight positive things a staff member is doing and where some improvement can be made.  Links: Why Schools Aren’t Business: the Blueberry Story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/07/09/why-schools-arent-businesses-the-blueberry-story/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4135908b8643 Eat That Frog: https://www.amazon.com/Eat-That-Frog-Twenty-one-Procrastinating/dp/0792754840 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
April 1, 2019
Functional means designed to have practical use and used to development of a larger whole. Is your literacy instruction hitting these two things? In this episode, we discuss what functional actually means. Functional doesn’t mean vocational or having low expectations. Learn how to teach academics in a functional way at all ages. We live in a text rich environment and we need to be teaching literacy at every age in some way. Use the text you see every day as a teaching tool to work on generalizing and applying the literacy skills you teach. Consider students’ learning history, strengths, interests, and long term opportunities when selecting literacy goals. My call to action: evaluate you literacy instruction today. Link to Functional Literacy Curriculum: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Functional-Literacy-Leveled-Daily-Curriculum-BUNDLE-3954814 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 25, 2019
In this episode, learn how BCBA Leanne Page incorporates her knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis into her daily parenting life. Leanne shares easy to understand action items that parents, teachers, or clinicians can utilize right away. Leanne’s approach is focused on using evidence based practices to build up the good that’s there. She relies on positive and proactive strategies that will make your life easier. This episode is filled with useful information on everything from token economy best practices to establishing successful bedtime routines. Find Leanne at parentingwithaba.com. Check out her book, Parenting with Science here: https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Science-Behavior-Analysis-Sanity/dp/0692495282/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498242274&sr=8-1&keywords=parenting+with+science/  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 18, 2019
Rethink your ideas about time out. Instead of viewing this intervention as harsh and aversive instead reframe time out as “time away from reinforcement.” When used in the correct situations, this strategy can be extremely effective to reduce dangerous and disruptive behaviors. In this episode learn how and why to conduct through baseline data so you are only using this strategy in the appropriate situations. Identify the reasons why a “time away from reinforcement” works and how this plays out naturally in the real world. Also, learn tips for utilizing visuals, adding a criteria for exiting a time out, removing the power struggle, and how to ensure that reinforcing aspects are actually removed. It’s time for a new school perspective on this intervention. Behavior Edition Social Story Adapted Books: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Social-Story-Adapted-Books-Behavior-Edition-2198330 Visual Social Story Set: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Visual-Social-Story-Packet-for-Children-with-Autism-Behavior-Set-293770 Behavior Management Visuals: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ultimate-Packet-of-Behavior-Management-Visuals-for-Children-with-Autism-271597 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 11, 2019
A limiting belief is a little voice in your head that negatively shapes your behavior and your path to success. The first step to change is becoming aware of your own limiting beliefs and then reframe your way of thinking about the topic. In this episode, I discuss the 7 limiting beliefs that may be sabotaging your work day before it even starts. The same old thinking leads to the same old results. Identify your limiting beliefs and how you can be changing the way you think to lead to more positive thinking and a more positive effect on your behavior. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
March 4, 2019
In this Q&A episode, I answer commonly asked questions sourced through social media and my email. We discuss how to approach situations with parents who don’t agree with a behavior plan and how to reframe the way you think about parent relationships. Next, step up new methods for creating materials and a plan that logistically makes the most of every spare minute. Finally, we review some behavioral strategies for transitioning away from preferred items and to non-preferred tasks as well as how to begin to teach the skill of independent work. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 25, 2019
If you are in the special ed world, utilizing visuals isn’t a new concept. You are probably an expert on how and why using visuals is important. But let’s go one level deeper. The goal for all of our students and kids is independence. In this episode, we discuss how visuals help develop independent skills and how to translate this strategy to the real world. Evaluate the visuals you already have and assess where you need more or better visuals within your classroom or home. Then teach and fade. Visuals are a tool that need to be taught and once successful teaching is complete, pull back. Learn some essential tips to get your whole team on the same page for this important endeavor. Show notes: Behavior Contingency Maps: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Behavior-Contingency-Maps-1050661?aref=p52qv46l Facebook Video Team Mission Statement: https://www.facebook.com/theautismhelper/videos/1665383556917547/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 18, 2019
In this episode, Brigid McCormick, BCBA shares valuable ways to improve your instruction, decrease your staff training time, and increase the overall enjoyment of learning all by spending time pinpointing behaviors. Brigid is the founder and clinical director of Precision ABA and passionate about utilizing Precision Teaching. Brigid shares what Precision Teaching is and how all teachers, parents, and clinicians can utilize the first step of Precision Teaching to create a detailed and specific definition of the behavior you are trying to increase. She shares how 4 words can be clearer and easier to understand than 20 when it comes to IEP goals. We discuss best practices on creating IEP benchmarks and objectives, learning channels, and what to do when your IEP goals aren’t getting mastered. This episode is loaded with examples and amazing lightbulb moments! Links:  Learning Channel Matrix: https://theautismhelper.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Matrix-Academic-1.pdf --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 11, 2019
Learn from my missteps during my first year in the classroom. In this episode, I share 5 major mistakes that wreaked havoc on my first year and how you can avoid these. Trying to “do it all” really never works but it definitely doesn’t work when you have no clue what you are doing Learn how to tackle small projects one at a time and avoid the “hamster wheel” syndrome. Ignoring staff training is one big mistake I made my first year. This mistake is now shifted into one of my passions. I am so into staff training because I know first hand how disastrous it can be if you avoid it. Not asking for help and being the lone wolf are two other mistakes I made my first year. Being part of the school community is essential. Learn how to reach out for support while building rapport with your colleagues. Lastly, understand the importance on safety. This was something I didn’t realize in my naive first year. Don’t learn this the hard way. Plan now. Links: https://theautismhelper.com/planning-worst-case-scenario/ https://theautismhelper.com/episode-6-crisis-plan/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
February 4, 2019
Back in the day as a new teacher, I thought the bulk of my job would be actually teaching my students. I was so wrong. This job encompasses so much more - managing staff, paperwork, collaborating with clinicians, etc. And now we have one more title to add to the list: publicist. Take a second and think about what most of your school thinks about your students. Does the teacher down the hall know that Sam just mastered his colors after weeks of working on it? Do the other 3rd grade students know that Jenny knows everyone’s birthday in your class? Does everyone see the personalities, quirks, and other great qualities of your students that you experience on a daily basis? The other teachers and students in your school most likely remember the tantrum one of your students had in the middle of an assembly last month. The vice principal remembers that you running down the hallway with a bag of plastic gloves, wipes, and adult diapers when you need to toilet on of your students while your paras were at lunch. The rest of the 6th graders remember when your student went around and touched everyone’s ears at gym class. They unfortunately probably don’t have a correct perception of your class. You can’t blame them. People remember the bad things over the good things in general. And sometimes our bad things are pretty loud and dramatic to put it nicely. In this episode, learn how to spread the word about the awesome, amazing, stellar, impressive, and down right fantastic things your kids are doing. Learn how to advocate for your students by educating your entire school community in a positive and proactive why. Be your classroom’s publicist and spread some good PR. Staff Special Education Presentation: http://theautismhelper.com/making-time-for-staff-training-now/?fbclid=IwAR068ZohhMh188oVuTPSWTx7B8yKJgJeb9fTGw1bMD1EsrvhuSre5PbwL5A Autism Awareness Unit: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autism-Awareness-Unit-Help-Raise-Understanding-and-Knowledge-608226?aref=nfvcvvc3 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 28, 2019
My name is Sasha and I am a problem behavior causer. As a parent and a teacher, I have caused increases in problem behaviors. This happens because I negotiate, I give in, or I give attention. And guess what? This works for me in the moment. Negotiating or giving in gets that meltdown or negative behavior to stop. That’s what I want. I want that behavior to stop. But it does something else too - it teaches that child that negative behaviors result in something awesome. So they keep at it. Let’s change this contingency. In this episode, learn how to look to a long term instead of short term solution for behavior change. Negotiating or giving in may work in the moment but it doesn’t teach a positive alternative way for your child to communicate his wants and needs. It doesn’t promote long term success. I share specific strategies to respond, not react when behavior episodes occur and how to apply this to your everyday life. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 21, 2019
In this episode, I interview Chrissy Kelly of Life with Greyon & Parker. Chrissy is a parent to two boys with autism. She is a dedicated advocate and has a high level of knowledge in special education and applied behavior analysis. She shares her journey through her blog lifewithgreyson.com and social media platforms instagram and facebook @lifewithgreysonandparker. Chrissy and I discuss best practices for the IEP meeting from both sides of the table. Chrissy shares practicable strategies for parents to implement when approaching the meeting, what red flags to look for, and some overall tips for advocacy. We also discuss what things teachers can do to help parents feel more welcome, comfortable, and confident in the meeting. All of this is for the common goal of having the home and school be one unified team to make the most progress we can with each student. Chrissy's insight and advice is invaluable and this episode is filled with action items that will have an immediate impact. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 14, 2019
Let's talk about decision fatigue. Making decision after decision all day can be exhausting and mentally draining. Lesson planning not only helps hold you and your team accountable but it reduces the amount of decisions you need to make each day. You don't need to think about what you're doing with group #3 at 10:15 because it's already planned. In this episode, learn why lesson plans are essential to the susses of your class and how to write lesson plans that are actual helpful on a daily basis. Links:  Creating a Classroom Excel Schedule: https://theautismhelper.com/creating-classroom-excel-schedule/ Lesson Planning and Curricular Maps: https://theautismhelper.com/lesson-planning-curriculum-maps/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
January 8, 2019
Sometimes independent work tasks are mistakenly thought of as "busy work." Busy work implies something that has the main purpose of being kept occupied. It has minimal functional purpose. Independent work is couldn't be farther from this. Independent work has the purpose of teaching students to work on their own for a sustained period of time. This is one of the most essential life skills you can teach your student or child. Without being able to work on your own for a sustained time period, you will struggle to maintain a job, contribute to your household, or be part of a community. Independent work is key. In this episode, learn not only why independent work is so important but how to set this up in a meaningful way in your classroom. Banish the phrase "busy work" from your vocabulary.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 31, 2018
It's happened to all of us. We went to IKEA, picked out the perfect $22 shelf, and proceeded to spend 5 hours putting it together. That shelf is now held together by masking tape but has made move after move with you because you refuse to get rid of it. You spent all of that time putting it together so it's staying with you. The IKEA effect is the idea that we place a higher value on things that we are involved in the creation of. Learn how to apply this concept to your classroom by increasing staff involvement to build buy-in. Whether it's for data collection, materials creation, and behavior plans, ownership leads to responsibility leads to buy-in. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 24, 2018
In this episode, I answer commonly asked questions pulled from emails, social media, and blog comments. Some highlights: I discuss how to streamline your end of the day transition, what to do when a student is extremely attached to the teacher, misconceptions for using google forms, getting staff buy-in, planning for a substitute, sharing data with parents, implementing centers, and more! Staff Training Podcast Episodes: https://anchor.fm/theautismhelper/episodes/Episode-1-Staff-Training-e2j6ll https://anchor.fm/theautismhelper/episodes/Episode-3-Staff-Training-Pt-II-e2j6mh Planning for a Substitute: http://theautismhelper.com/58288-2/ Classroom Setup Blog Series: http://theautismhelper.com/category/behavior/summer-series-classroom-setup/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 17, 2018
All behavior is communication - even behavior that is disruptive, dangerous, and aggressive. Those behaviors are communicating something and they are communicating it loudly. While you are in the process of finding and implementing an effective and function-based intervention for dangerous student behaviors such as aggression or running, the day to day obstacles can be huge. Handling student aggression in a way that is respectful to the student while also keeping everyone safe is a daunting task. This can put a massive emotional and physical strain on the entire team. In this episode, learn strategies to approach these difficult situations as best as possible. Resources: How to Take Data on Extreme Behaviors: http://theautismhelper.com/taking-data-extreme-behaviors/ Using Google Forms to Analyze ABC Data: http://theautismhelper.com/using-google-forms-to-analyze-abc-data/ Click Counters on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Counter-Mechanical-Clicker-Assorted-Stadium/dp/B06XPD1YK3/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1545050639&sr=8-3&keywords=click+counter --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
December 10, 2018
In this episode, Katie, an Occupational Therapist, shares tips and strategies for navigating the overwhelming sensory experiences that can come along with the holiday season. This time of year can be challenging for everyone and we want to be sure to be proactive and sensitive to the needs of our kids and students who have sensory struggles now more than ever. Katie shares tips related to planning ahead, having a back-up plan, how to train staff, and her go-to toolkit. This strategies apply not only to the holiday season but really any new event or novel experience! Links: Ten Tips for Managing Sensory Needs During the Holiday Season: http://theautismhelper.com/ten-tips-for-managing-sensory-needs-during-the-holiday-season Sensory Processing - Challenges and Red Flags: http://theautismhelper.com/sensory-processing-challenges-and-red-flags/ Ten OT Approved Holiday Gifts: http://theautismhelper.com/10-ot-approved-holiday-gift-ideas/ How to Set Up a Holiday Party: http://theautismhelper.com/focus-on-five-how-to-set-up-a-classroom-party/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 20, 2018
With a growth mindset, effort and hard work are your keys to success. Failure and struggle are part of the process and the journey. As a special education teacher, parent, or professional, having a growth mindset is essential to excelling at your job. In this episode, we explore the benefits of having a growth mindset at work and how this can help prevent burnout and exhaustion. How do we get a growth mindset? Some tips: Celebrate and identify the little victories of your classroom to see the overall trend of your success. Start to add the word "yet" to the things you struggle with. "I'm not good at taking data... yet." "I'm not good at delegating... yet." And give yourself permission to have room to grow and develop. Lastly, add prompts for yourself. You need reminders and cues to engage in growth mindset based actions and thoughts. Read Carol Dweck's book Mindset: https://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psychology-Carol-S-Dweck/dp/0345472322/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542738808&sr=8-1&keywords=mindset. Watch Carol Dweck's Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/speakers/carol_dweck --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 20, 2018
Gina is part of The Autism Helper team and our resident preschool teacher. Gina and I chat about the process of building a new program program from the ground up, how she readily makes changes in her room, and the importance of teaching independence (even with our littlest learners). Gina took some important steps at the start of the year to find time to implement assessments, train staff, and work one on one with students. Read Gina's post about how to set up and run centers in a preschool classroom: http://theautismhelper.com/a-close-look-at-centers-setting-up-running/. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 20, 2018
So you've been sold on this whole idea that staff training is important. Cool. Now how do you exactly go about doing that? What's the best way to teach your staff how to do something? In this episode, we get into the details of how to effectively teach your paraprofessionals everything from taking data to implementing behavior plans to prompt fading. I review the Behavior Skills Training Model: instruction, modeling, rehearsal, and feedback. Most people start and stop their staff training with instruction. But there is so much more that goes into effectively teaching someone how to do something. Learn the importance of each step and how to utilize this process effectively in your classroom. Check out my paraprofessional training guide: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paraprofessional-Training-Manual-1361881. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
November 20, 2018
Why do we forget about one of the most important parts of our job? Staff training doesn't seem to be a high priority on a day to day basis but it's actually what will give you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to the overall success of your classroom. Getting your staff on the same page has a lasting impact on all areas of your room. In this episode, let's discuss why staff training is so important and how your personal hang ups often get in the way. Feeling uncomfortable or awkward about telling your staff what to do is not an excuse for avoiding staff training. Finding time for staff training is another big obstacle most teachers face. Learn how to work with your administrators to find time either within the school day or outside of the school day. Don't be satisfied with an "okay" team, strive for having a great team every day. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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