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ABA Employment -- The good, the bag, & the ugly! It's time for an honest conversation about what its like to work in this field:

Next to questions about behavior management, the #1 reason why people contact me is to ask questions related to working in the field of ABA. Questions about dress code, gaining ABA experience, starting pay rate, the process of certification, and many more.

However, it's often the questions we DON'T ask that are the most critical. If you are brand new to this field, it likely has not occurred to you to ask questions such as:

1. How has the "business of ABA" impacted the quality of large ABA companies?
2. Is it better to start out post-certification working independently, or for an agency? What are the pros and cons?
3. How can I practice within my competency when my caseload is determined by my employer, and not by me?
4. How can signing a non-compete agreement limit my ability to practice?
5. What is considered full time status in this field (how many hours per week)?
6. What  specific qualities make an agency/company a great place to work?


For any ABA peep who is new to this field, just starting to pursue certification, or unsure how to avoid low-quality employers, this training video will help you IMMENSELY.
You're welcome :-)
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ABA Employment
ABA Employment -- The good, the bag, & the ugly! It's time for an honest conversation about what its like to work in this field:

Next to questions about behavior management, the #1 reason why people contact me is to ask questions related to working in the field of ABA. Questions about dress code, gaining ABA experience, starting pay rate, the process of certification, and many more.

However, it's often the questions we DON'T ask that are the most critical. If you are brand new to this field, it likely has not occurred to you to ask questions such as:

1. How has the "business of ABA" impacted the quality of large ABA companies?
2. Is it better to start out post-certification working independently, or for an agency? What are the pros and cons?
3. How can I practice within my competency when my caseload is determined by my employer, and not by me?
4. How can signing a non-compete agreement limit my ability to practice?
5. What is considered full time status in this field (how many hours per week)?
6. What  specific qualities make an agency/company a great place to work?


For any ABA peep who is new to this field, just starting to pursue certification, or unsure how to avoid low-quality employers, this training video will help you IMMENSELY.
You're welcome :-)
Community Instruction
What exactly is a "community outing", or "community instruction" and how can this be a regular part of ABA therapy? How should it occur? Where should it occur? Is this something the ABA team should do, or the parents/caregivers?

Think of Community Instruction as a way to generalize what is taught intensively during sessions, or in one environment, to a real life setting, or another environment.

A known critique of ABA treatment is that due to the structured nature the client can become "robotic", meaning they will learn a skill but not actually display the skill unless asked in a specific way. While this lack of generalization can sometimes be an issue, if the ABA program intentionally teaches for generalization then this shouldn't be a concern. Generalization can be incorporated into instruction by varying stimuli, varying who implements instruction, and varying where instruction takes place. A common way of varying where instruction takes place is to regularly incorporate Community Instruction.

A successful and well run ABA program always plans for ways to generalize the skills that are being taught into the REAL world.
"Back to School!" : ABA & School Readiness
LIVE webinar recording now available:


Well, that was a nice summer break!

It's about that time for lunchboxes, school buses, and new shoes: back to school time.

Are you ready? is your child ready?

For children with ASD, whether this Fall will be their 1st year of school or just returning to school, this could be a time full of anxiety and worry, or difficulties and challenges.

It doesn't have to be that way though--- there are many steps parents can take to help prepare their child for school, and to help prepare the school team for their child.

The ABA team can also help with this transition, but if you don't currently receive ABA services this webinar would still be helpful for you.

Learn:

Common reasons for school failure among ASD children
Common challenges ASD children have in the first few years of school
Ways that a parent can equip and prepare their child for the transition into school
How the ABA team can assist with school readiness, both in the home and at the school (in the classroom)
What kind of classrooms are most appropriate for ASD children?

And much more!


Planning Play Dates

What exactly is a Play Date, and how can this be targeted during ABA Therapy?

A Play Date, or a planned peer interaction opportunity, does not have to be something super challenging or complicated to pull off.

With some planning and careful selection of materials/reinforcement, pretty much anyone can design and lead a successful Play Date.

This training video will be helpful to both parents and professionals, as an overview of :

When Play Dates are needed, structuring Play Dates, how long should a Play Date last, how should problem behavior be addressed during a Play Date, what skill pre-requisites should be taught before a Play Date occurs, planning for maintenance and generalization, and how to help ASD children interact successfully with typically developing peers.

Let's play!

"Writing Behavior Plans to Address Problem Behavior"
LIVE webinar recording now available:

Writing an effective, simple, and concise behavior plan does not have to be an impossible task, or hopelessly intimidating.

This live event will be helpful for anyone in the position of intervening on problem behavior, whether you are a professional or not.

Behavior reduction is a multi-faceted process that be quite challenging, without understanding some critical Behavior Analysis fundamentals. It's like baking: before you can create a stunning masterpiece, first you need to know how to turn on the oven :-)

Learning Objectives for this live webinar event include:

An explanation of the Functional Behavior Assessment process, and why this is so important (hint: It is REALLY important for an effective behavior plan)
An overview of the 4 Functions of Behavior
How to match action steps (strategies) to the function (the WHY) of behavior
Learn the interplay between Skill Acquisition & reducing problem behaviors
Learn the importance of proper data collection when reducing problem behavior
.... And much more!


The webinar will include detailed content overview, real-life anecdotes, an analysis of a mock behavior plan, and of course: opportunity to ask specific questions.
Role of the Parent in ABA Therapy
"Sooooo... while you guys are in the session, should I go upstairs? Keep my other kids busy and out of your hair? Do we need to be here or no? Am I allowed to watch the session or is that too distracting? Can I make suggestions? What about ask questions? When will you work with me directly/provide parent training? Am I supposed to work with my child the same way that you do? So I'm no longer mom/dad, I'm now THERAPIST?"

I have heard these questions (and many like them) over and over again when I first start working with a new client.

The parents are usually very excited about therapy starting, but also very confused about what their role is. Which to be fair, as ABA professionals we don't always make it crystal clear to the parents what they are supposed to be doing during therapy sessions, if they have to be present 100% of the time, and if they really are that big of a distraction to their child's learning. Is it best for the child to have mom and dad in the room, or just the ABA professional??


This video training will be helpful to any parent/caregiver with confusion about the ABA therapy process from the parent perspective: watch and participate, or step away and let the professional do their thing?




Skill Acquisition 101
Oh, the art of skill acquisition!

This can be S-U-C-H a complex topic, even for professionals. But it doesn't have to be.

When you think about all of the amazing skills that can be taught to a learner/client/child, it should be exciting... not intimidating.

The interplay between capturing motivation and individualizing content, while also challenging/stretching the learner beyond what they can currently do is like a delicate dance.

This training video will be helpful for parents and professionals alike, who need a better understanding of teaching skills or increasing specific behaviors utilizing ABA methodology.

Skill acquisition is the process of helping the individual "get it", so that the skill will stick.
Ever had the experience of thinking you taught a child something, and then the skill seems to vanish shortly thereafter? Why did that happen? What can be done about it? And how can you get desirable behaviors to stick around, and those undesirable behaviors to leave??

This training video answers those questions, and more!


Choosing ABA Stimuli Tutorial
ABA therapy is known for being materials heavy, requiring valuable reinforcers that change over time, and of course: FLASHCARDS (everyone knows that we're the flashcard people)

So that MUST mean that obtaining materials for your client or child will break the bank and be super expensive, right?

Nope.

You do not need to run to the nearest teacher supply store, nor do you need to order things off the internet every month.

Many materials can be found in the client's home, made by the ABA team, or made by the parents/family of the individual receiving treatment.

In this tutorial I give real-life, practical tips and strategies for what materials most ABA programs require, and the best ways to obtain these materials affordably. I also explain in depth how to choose stimuli to keep learner error low, and which kinds of photos or flashcards tend to lead to incorrect responding.

Oh, and no you also don't need to go buy a laminator! ;-)
"Identifying Quality ABA Treatment" - Equipping Parents to Choose ABA Providers Wisely
LIVE webinar recording now available:

This webinar is designed with parents in mind, and intended to give an overview of what quality ABA treatment IS (as well as common indicators of low quality ABA treatment).
Content covered will be of use to parents who currently participate in ABA treatment, as well as parents who are curious about ABA therapy and want to learn how to choose a provider wisely. A poor quality ABA provider could cost you (and your family) precious time, wasted effort, and of course: money.

The webinar will include a detailed content overview, real-life anecdotes, and of course: opportunity for parents to ask specific questions about their experiences with ABA providers.
Daily Visual Schedule Tutorial
My 1st tutorial! Yeaahhhhh


A daily schedule/visual schedule is one of my go- to recommendations that I love to introduce to the families I work with. It can be such a helpful behavioral tool for managing problem behavior, teaching skills, helping to increase independence, promoting self-management behavior, and opening up Mom & Dad's time throughout the day to do other things besides keep their kids busy. Cause you know....other things actually need to get done in a typical day.

Making your own visual schedule for your household does not have to be confusing or overwhelming. I help clients make these all the time, and I use them in my home with my own munchkin. Again, believe me when I say: this strategy does NOT have to be confusing!

Learn how to create a visual schedule appropriate for a young child or an older child/teen, what materials to use (no, you don't have to download an app or order something off a site), and some secret hacks to moving your child from hyperactivity, attention-seeking, or defiant behaviors throughout their day, to calmly transitioning from one appropriate activity to the next.
Introductory Video: Welcome!
In this quick and FREE intro video, learn what to expect from upcoming live webinars or ABA training videos/tutorials.

Also learn about what kind of content you can expect from me, my clinical perspective (professional identity), and how YOU can participate in the video/webinar creating process!
Parent Training 101: For Professionals
My absolute FAVORITE thing to talk about: Equipping parents/caregivers to help their kids learn and grow.

This just may have been my favorite video to make so far. :-)

If you are anything like myself, you struggle with parent training at times because you doubt your own clinical competence, you aren't sure if you are "doing it right", you don't feel confident enough to correct a parent, or you are intimidated/frustrated by apathetic, uninvolved parents who actively resist your parent training efforts.

Been there, done all of that.

In this video, you will learn that parent training actually is not as difficult or challenging as you think it is. If you have the tools to train staff, then you already have the tools to train a parent.

And about those resistant or or high-maintenance parents? I have a few tricks and tips for dealing with them as well.....


Check it out!
Practicing with Integrity: Carving out Your Professional Identity
PASSION + PURPOSE = YOUR LANE


No idea what that equation means? It's simple.....

Your work should be about what drives you, and the passion you have for your profession, employer, and the individuals you help week after week should keep you motivated even when parents aren't on board with treatment, funding sources keep changing their requirements, and your boss doesn't appreciate you like they should.

Your character and integrity are what will set you apart in this field, and will cause people to remember who you are.

Following the ethical guidelines as an ABA professional is easy when everyone's looking, but what about when your boss is setting an unethical example, or when doing the right thing could cost you your job? What then?

If you are an ABA professional struggling to figure out what your professional identity is, and how that should impact the way you practice, then this video is 100% for you.
Overview of ABA 101: For Parents
"What exactly is ABA/Who can benefit from ABA Therapy/Is what my child's school offers ABA/How can I determine if an ABA program is quality or not/Can ABA help with academics or self-help skills? Or is it just for bad behaviors?"

If you are a parent or caregiver and have wondered any of these questions, then this video is for you!

A clear and simple overview of ABA as a science, and the practice of ABA therapy (did you know there was a distinction?) that will help any parent identify quality ABA treatment.
Selecting an ABA Employer: Weeding out the Bad
This video is for my fellow ABA peeps!

Having difficulty deciding which employer is the BEST?
Wondering if you should work in-home, at a clinic, or for schools?
Need some guidance on how to negotiate your employment contract?
Need tips for improving your interviewing skills?
Do you know how to recognize clear characteristics of an unethical employer?
Do you absolutely hate your current ABA employer?


This video will be a great help for a successful ABA career, check it out!



The Basics of Natural Environment Teaching /Naturalistic Strategies
This video provides a brief overview of Natural Environment Teaching, often referred to as "Learning Through Play", or learning that occurs in the natural environment. Content is ideal for professionals or parents.

This video answers questions such as:

Is NET ABA??
What are some advantages and disadvantages of NET?
Should play skills be a component of every ABA program?
Is NET just "fun" Discrete Trial?
What are some barriers to staff implementation of NET?