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Building Communication-Rich Environments: Practical Strategies for Success

Posts Tagged ‘functional communication’

Building Communication-Rich Environments: Practical Strategies for Success

Throughout your daily life, consider how frequently you communicate your wants and needs and the various tools you use to do so. Now imagine that you lost your communication abilities. Conveying even the most simplistic messages about your thoughts, feelings, and basic needs would suddenly be much more difficult. Many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder…

The Power of Reinforcement

This article was contributed by Leica Anzaldo, Training Manager for the Autism Society of North Carolina. As I was sitting in the classroom today watching a child I work with tear up his fifth math worksheet, my brain immediately went into functional assessment mode. This was an obvious one: escape. But why was he trying…

What is ā€œFunctional Communicationā€ anyway?

The following article was submitted by Leica Anzaldo, Training Manager for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Mark has been at the same job now for two years and certainly knows what the expectations are. Or does he? Every time his manager adds new tasks to his job list, Mark seems to ignore them. Mark…

Extinction Bursts and the Importance of Full Disclosure

This blog post was written by Dr. Aleck Myers, Clinical Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Recently, I wrote a behavior support plan for an individual who frequently tantrums. Great methodology, if I do say so myself! It was well written and explained the rationale of the program to family and staff, stressing…