10 Top-Performing Podcast Episodes About Autism

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In a year when the pandemic kept many families at home and on their screens, many Americans turned to podcasts to fill their downtime. At LEARN Behavioral, we’re no exception. We recently reached our 100th podcast milestone on All Autism Talk, where we’re connecting the autism community one podcast at a time. In celebration of today—International Podcast Day—we’re launching… Read more »

Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Debra Moore – Navigating Autism

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Dr. Temple Grandin returns to the podcast to discuss her latest book, Navigating Autism, which is a collaboration with psychologist Debra Moore, who has done extensive work with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. This episode highlights Dr. Grandin’s powerful personal insights and wisdom with practical support and help from Dr. Moore. In this lively… Read more »

Reframing Your Child’s Intense Interests as a Strength

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  by Katherine Johnson. M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral The first child I ever worked with wanted nothing more than to play with Thomas the Tank Engine—all day. Over the years, teaching many different children on the spectrum, I experienced a dazzling array of special interests: animals, birthdates, the Titanic, horror movies,… Read more »

Addressing the Cultural Needs of Families with Autism

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Corina Jimenez-Gomez, faculty at Auburn University, and Lauren Beaulieu a behavior analyst for 20 years join us to discuss the importance of culturally responsive services in ABA. Along with their extensive work educating others in this area, they each bring their personal experiences to this important conversation. Corina is a mother and Venezuelan native now living… Read more »

How to Manage a Career, While Raising a Child with Autism

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  When Laura Brompton’s son, Bertie, was a toddler going through the assessment and diagnosis process for autism spectrum disorder, she says she needed a job she could do without needing to be emotionally invested. She wanted to be able to walk out and leave work at the door. “I didn’t have the emotional capacity… Read more »

9 Types of People Who Should Apply for an Entry-Level ABA Job

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  Looking for an entry-level yet meaningful and growth-oriented job? Like many, you may not know about the growing field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), a therapy based on science—and used to help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn and grow. The entry-level position for ABA is called a behavior technician, and most jobs… Read more »

Female Life on the Spectrum – Insights from Jennifer Cook

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  Jennifer Cook was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of 35 and is raising three children on the spectrum. She is the author of seven bestselling, award-winning books. This lively conversation had our host, Katherine Johnson laughing and crying. Jennifer provides perspective on why diagnosis has been widely missed in girls and women and promotes… Read more »

This School Year, Build a Trusting Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher

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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral   Building a strong relationship with your child’s teacher can benefit everyone involved. In fact, studies show that parental involvement in a child’s schooling boosts their motivation and performance. Parents with positive ties to their child’s teacher can learn more about the school environment,… Read more »

10 Tips to Transition Kids with Autism Back to In-Person School

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by Michelle Mannella, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA Behavior Analyst, LEARN/SPARKS Wow, it’s finally here! Some of us thought this moment would never arrive. But it’s time to send our kids back to school in-person or maybe for the first time at all. In the midst of a pandemic-frenzied world, returning to school can feel scary, difficult,… Read more »

Autism Today: A Look at How Far We Have Come and What is Still Needed

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  Dr. Fred Volkmar, a professor at Yale University with over 40 years in the field of autism-related studies, joins us to provide perspective on how far we have come in the diagnosis, research, and services for individuals with autism.  With all the gains, there is still a great need for more research.  As Dr. Volkmar put it, “I think until… Read more »

How to Handle Screen Time with Your Child with Autism

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by Brittany Barger, M.Ed., BCBA Behavior Consultant, Autism Spectrum Therapies   Summer can mean outdoor activities and family vacations, but it can also mean more time spent at home, with parents and caregivers scrambling to come up with a kid-friendly daily agenda, while managing work, running errands, and tending to countless other priorities. It should… Read more »

Follow Your Passions: The Vast Areas of Interest in ABA

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Dr. Danquah-Brobby is an international psychologist and board certified behavior analyst currently serving as the ABA Chair for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington, DC Campus. Paula joins us to talk about a variety of topics related to the education, professional progression, and interests of behavior analysts.  From teaching young learners to working internationally, this… Read more »

Why Swimming and Water Play Benefit Kids with ASD

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By Ashley Williams, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA Many children with autism are drawn to water for its calming, sensory experience. In fact, a 2015 study[1] found that children with ASD enjoy swimming significantly more than children without ASD. And while water can present a safety concern, water play and swimming also offer several benefits for children… Read more »

Six Steps to Prepare Your Child with Autism to Interact with Police

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Blaring lights, screeching sirens, looming strangers with shiny badges—encounters with police can bring an overload of sensory experiences, making it difficult for kids and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to respond calmly to an approaching officer. As headlines report and data reflects, these encounters can lead officers to assume people with autism are defiant… Read more »

How to Keep Your Child with Autism Engaged This Summer

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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral What a difference a year can make. Last June, most parents were forced to reckon with the prospect of extended, pandemic-related lockdowns and a summer unlike any since the 1918 influenza pandemic. Now, however, summer has arrived, the sun is shining, and with more than 50… Read more »

Sensory Processing Issues and Summer: Sand, Sweat, Fireworks … Oh, My!

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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Families everywhere are chucking backpacks and school shoes to the back of the closet and getting ready for some fun in the sun. While other members of the family enjoy themselves during the quintessential summer activities, sensory-sensitive kids may feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable. How… Read more »

What in the World Is a Behavior Tech?

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Ever heard of the job behavior technician? If you like working with kids and families—and making a difference in their lives, while earning a paycheck—this might be the job for you. A job as a behavior tech is a fairly new entry-level position that involves working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD),… Read more »

One Dad’s Story: Giving Back Helped My Family Heal

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Steve Olson’s day once started with an hour-long commute through the traffic-laden corridors of Silicon Valley, followed by long, intense hours at a high-stress job he did not even like. Today, however, Steve lives an altogether different life. He’s a single father to his teenage daughters, Madeline and Addison; a volunteer with local nonprofits serving… Read more »

5 Steps to Swim Safety for Your Child with Autism

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Cute Happy Little Boy with Autism In Goggles Swimming

As the summer heat settles in, many families head to pools, beaches grow crowded, and our time spent near water becomes part of our routines. What seems like a standard summer activity for most can be challenging for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Sadly, drowning after elopement, a term used to… Read more »

Transitioning to Summer: 5 Tips to Make It a Success

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by Elizabeth Jeffrey-Arceneaux, M.S., BCBA Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), Louisiana With summer fast approaching, the increased time for preferred activities may be a point for joy and satisfaction, but this can also challenge parents as they attempt to transition kids from necessary tasks and activities. Most children, particularly those with autism, benefit from structure and… Read more »

Easing Your Child Back Into Life Post-Pandemic

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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral If the last 16 months have taught us anything, it’s that the only constant in life with COVID-19 is change. And while the persistent evolution of information and safety protocols has left many with a severe case of whiplash, its impact on children has been even… Read more »

How Parents and Caregivers of Kids with Autism Cope with Stress

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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Parenting can be stressful, and research shows that parents of autistic children consistently score higher on stress indicators than other groups of parents. While stress can be good for us—in manageable doses, it can energize and motivate—prolonged bouts of stress can lead to health… Read more »

Understanding the Evolution of ABA

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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is widely considered by many professionals and families to be the “gold standard” in intervention for children on the autism spectrum. With decades of empirical evidence to support its efficacy at teaching necessary skills and reducing maladaptive behaviors, ABA is broadly funded… Read more »

A Special Mother’s Day Interview with Becky Schoenfeldt

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Becky Schoenfeldt, a registered behavior technician (RBT) for LEARN’s Behavioral Concepts (BCI) clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts, spends her days helping kids with autism attain goals on their behavioral health treatment plans. At the end of the day, she goes home to do more of the same, only this time with her 18-year-old son, Dougie, who… Read more »

Create a Calm-Down Kit for Your Child with Autism

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As parents and caregivers, we’re hard-wired to respond to our children’s cries with efforts to comfort and soothe. Nothing is more frustrating, however, than when our efforts fall short—and our child spirals into a meltdown. What can help? In a few words: a calm-down kit. A calm down kit is simply a collection of objects… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

ABA in the Home

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When going into a family’s home for the first time, I talk to the parents about what they are currently having challenges with and what they would like for their child to learn. Sometimes if I am able to, I try to observe these behaviors to help me gain a better understanding of what is occurring at… Read more »

Autism Diagnostic Process

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June 28th, 5:30-6:30 pm 6704 Central Blvd., Zionsville, IN 46077 Register here!   – Helping families to better understand acquiring or ruling out a diagnosis of autism – We understand that the process of determining whether or not your child has autism can be daunting and draining on parents and caregivers. BACA has partnered with… Read more »

Summer 2018 Marketing Internship

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The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism is seeking an enthusiastic summer intern to work side-by-side with our Director of Marketing. Will that be you?! Internship Details