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SAP to Recruit Workers with Autism

05/26/2013 – 4:49 pm |

A German software company, SAP has recently pledged to recruit employees on the autism spectrum. The company believes that it will diversify talents and has already run a successful pilot program. Read More…

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Behavior Analysis

Bleach is not Good for Children with Autism

10/28/2012 – 1:39 pm |

Why does it take a journalist to tell parents that this is not a good idea? A shocking pseudoscience trend called MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) is harmful to children. Read More…

Senators Want Health Insurers to Cover ABA Therapy

10/23/2012 – 4:28 pm |
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The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to include 10 types of health care services in all plans beginning in 2014. Unfortunately, it has been mostly left to state government whether or not autism treatment should be required. Some senators are asking that ABA therapy be included in each state’s behavioral …

Effectiveness of School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

10/19/2012 – 8:48 am |

The prevention strategy School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) is gaining empirical support for effectiveness in reducing problem behaviors, improving prosocial behavior, and improving emotion regulation.  SWPBIS alters school staff behaviors, and develops systems and supports that are designed to meet the behavioral needs of students.  A recent study …

Difficulty Putting Knowledge into Language

10/17/2012 – 10:44 pm |
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New brain imaging studies show that children with autism may recognize socially inappropriate behavior, but have difficulty using spoken language to explain why the behavior is considered inappropriate. Read More…

Elopement a major concern for half of all children with autism

10/17/2012 – 9:20 pm |

In a sample of 1,200 children with autism, 49% had wandered, bolted or “eloped” at least once after age 4; 26% went missing long enough to cause their family concern. Read More…

John Stewart and Bill O’Reilly Agree???

10/17/2012 – 7:46 pm |

Support for children with autism crosses political boundaries at John Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars benefit.  The benefit supports education and training programs for autism.  The benefit has been successful in three previous years, having already raised $14 million. The event is scheduled to air on October 21st on Comedy …

Behavior Analysts in NYS Need Your Help!

04/28/2012 – 11:20 pm |

In 2011, Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law requiring insurance companies to cover ABA services for children with autism. The Bill is set to go into effect in November. Similar bills in other states have encountered resistance from insurance companies, who argue that only “Licensed” professionals can bill for …

Thinking Inside the Box (Part 4): The Tasks

06/07/2009 – 10:21 pm |

Referred to as “TEACCH Tasks,” “Shoebox Tasks,” or “Work Tasks,” the learning activities presented to students in their work areas have characteristics that optimize the learning of children with autism.

Thinking Inside the Box (part 3): Work Areas

03/15/2009 – 11:20 pm |
Work Area

Visually Structured Classrooms (often called “TEACCH” classrooms) use individual works areas for students to complete their independent tasks. The structure of the area may differ from classroom to classroom and may look different depending on the skill level of the student. However, a student’s work area must be presented consistently to optimize independence.

Thinking Inside the Box (Part 2): The Schedule

03/15/2009 – 11:17 pm |

Visual schedules allow students with autism to transition and complete multi-step tasks without assistance. As students gain independence in using a schedule system they are better able to enter general education settings. For the beginning learner schedules are very concrete, placed in a fixed location, and provide visual cues throughout transitions. As students become more advanced, these schedules are replaced by portable, text-based schedules and checklists similar to those used by many people to keep organized.