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Autism and Sibling Relationships: A Parent’s Guide

Growing up with a sibling shapes who a person becomes, and the sibling bond can be one of the most genuine a person will ever have. Being a sibling means feeling angry, jealous, or annoyed with a person one minute, then laughing, sharing secrets, and fiercely defending them the next. Siblings love and accept each […]

How To Use Shaping and Modeling at Home

By Erin Taylor, BCaBA Adopting behavior analysis techniques at home like shaping and modeling can make a significant impact on a child’s behavior and development. Shaping involves rewarding small steps towards a desired behavior, while modeling can be used to show a behavior for the child to imitate. Here are some tips and strategies, rooted […]

Extinction Strategies to Use at Home

By Erin Taylor, BCaBA, LaBA Parenting can be both rewarding and challenging, especially when trying to address challenging behaviors in children. Using behavior analytic principles can be a valuable tool for parents to create a positive and supportive environment at home. Let’s explore some extinction strategies, along with essential dos and don’ts, tips for managing […]

Token Economy in Action

This blog was written by Erin Taylor, Clinic Manager, and Elisabeth Furlong, Registered Behavior Technician at Applied Behavioral Services in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Elisabeth Furlong, a Registered Behavior Technician, started using a token economy at home with her son to motivate him to complete his chores. His chores consist of helping with vacuuming, dusting, picking up […]

6 Winter Health Tips for Children with Autism

By Francesca Joseph, Special Education Teacher, New Story Schools campus in Harrisburg, PA  As colder temperatures increase, you and your children may face more exposure to germs. You may be wondering what you can do to prevent sickness during the cold winter months. Read more for tips on how to keep your child healthy during […]

Four Steps to Using a Token Economy at Home

This blog was written by Erin Taylor, Clinic Manager, and Elisabeth Furlong, Registered Behavior Technician at Applied Behavioral Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. Parenting a child with autism means finding effective strategies to promote positive behavior at home. One approach that many parents find helpful is implementing a token economy. It is a reward system where […]

Preparing for Winter – Tips for Families

This blog was written by Caryn Shaffer, Nurse at New Story Schools in Monroeville, PA and Danielle Medeiros, Project Administrator at New Story Schools Management.   Navigating the winter season can be a challenging time for children and young adults with disabilities and their families. The cold weather, seasonal changes, and the preparations for winter holidays […]