Why Do So Many Autistic Students Constantly Test Boundaries

  An Educational Aside I have been thinking a lot lately a lot about why students break the rules and push boundaries and what we, as teachers and parents, can do about it. What I have come to a rather simple conclusion that I think is borne out in the literature. I believe there are … More Why Do So Many Autistic Students Constantly Test Boundaries

To Help Students Succeed We Need to Collect the RIGHT Data

Why Haven’t They Done That Yet? Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance – US Army 7Ps I will start this post with two fairly controversial assertions that I will defend later. In schools, we do not collect nearly enough data on student behavior When we do collect data, they are most likely the wrong … More To Help Students Succeed We Need to Collect the RIGHT Data

Kids Think: Behaviorism Will Fail Until It Accepts This Fact

An Education Aside So I have been thinking a lot about behavior and why I am able to effect significant change in a classroom when people purportedly more qualified than myself fail. I have come to the conclusion that my success is entirely the approach I take. This method was learned from my mother and … More Kids Think: Behaviorism Will Fail Until It Accepts This Fact

The Importance of Teaching Functional Communication

A Teaching Aside This post is a culmination of this year’s experiences working in classrooms with escalated students. Regardless the school team’s preconceptions of the behavior, I have had the same solution. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. And it works! Teach the student how to ask for [whatever they need]. Really, Teach them to Ask? Yes. I … More The Importance of Teaching Functional Communication

Moving Beyond ABA: How to do a Functional Analysis…

#Ooh Ooh Ooh! They Finally Did It! “In all my years of doing Functional Analysis and treating problem behavior, I have never once, not once, been thanked by a parent for effecting a long-lasting, socially relevant change. None of them have been able to tell me I long-term changed their children’s lives for the better” … More Moving Beyond ABA: How to do a Functional Analysis…