Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA: Maia Jackson

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Our new series, “Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA,” continues with an interview with Maia Jackson, the clinical development manager of LEARN Behavioral’s Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) office in Oakland, California, in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The series comes on the heels of an analysis conducted by the Behavior… Read more »

This Earth Day and Beyond, Spend More Time in Nature

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by Genevieve Marshall, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Clinical Director, SPARKS Years ago, in an undergraduate social psychology class, I recall my professor focusing an entire lecture on how the industrial revolution affected our relationship with nature. Specifically, the professor talked about the migration to cities and the increasing amount of time children spent inside, whether working… Read more »

Evie and Kelly Mutsch Talk About Their Journey with Autism—and Their Thriving, Eco-Friendly Business

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When Evie Mutsch, at age two-and-a-half, started applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP), she spoke no words and tended to express herself in tantrums, her mom, Kelly, says. Today, however, at age 10 and a half, words pour from her mouth as she talks about the intricacies of the… Read more »

Perspectives: Embracing Individuality in Behavior Analysis

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By Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral   Eye contact. “Quiet” hands. These were goals for autistic children everywhere in ABA programs in the 1990s. As a generation of autistic children have come of age and grown into autistic adults, we’ve heard their criticisms, a few of them being: eye contact… Read more »

Why We’re Embracing Acceptance this April—and Beyond

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  As you know, April has been Autism Awareness Month for several decades now. This year, after careful consideration, we are shifting our focus for the month from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance. Why Acceptance, instead of Awareness? For one, leading disability groups nationwide, including the Autism Society of America, Easter Seals, The Arc, and the National Association… Read more »

BACA Partners with LEARN Behavioral—and Boosts Opportunities for Families and Staff

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Collaboration and partnership have been at the core of our organization since it started in 2009. Now, in a move that will boost clinical resources and training and growth opportunities, BACA is teaming up with LEARN Behavioral, an organization that specializes in using evidence-based, contemporary ABA therapy to nurture the potential of children with autism… Read more »