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Performance improvement through staff training and workforce development.

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Autism Social Skills Training: Strategies for Developing Empathy

7 minute read

This interview with Sharon Koczaja, L.C.S.W.-R, Q.C.S.W., B.C.D., discusses why autism social skills training is so important for individuals on the Autism Spectrum developing empathy.


Q: Why do high functioning individuals on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty with empathy?

A: Autism is often characterized by a deficit in empathetic functioning. (S. Baron-Cohen, 2002) Abnormal neural...

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Autism Training: Teaching Socialization

5 minute read

Interview with Dr. Michael Friga

Q: "I would like to know what autism training techniques have proved to be the most successful in helping a child who has a difficult time with socialization."

What techniques are effective for children who have no learning problems, but just doesn't 'get' social cues. This child doesn't know how to respond appropriately or interact in a 'normal' way.  His...

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Autism Education: The ABCs of IEPs

4 minute read

From a BCBA's Perspective

Merrill Winston, Ph.D., BCBA, joined us for a frank discussion of the most common problems he finds when evaluating IEPs and autism education programs. As part of his self-acknowledged mission, he challenges the audience to re-examine whether some students’ traditional academic IEP goals are helping or hurting them. Following the mantra “I is for Individualized, not...

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ABA Ethics with Dr. Amanda Kelly: When Professionals Disagree Over Treatment

3 minute read

Avoiding an ABA Ethics Dilemma

ABA ethical dilemmas are commonplace in our field.  I’m sure you can think of several ethical issues that cropped up within the last week alone. While the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) has created guidelines for such matters, real world scenarios do not often fit into the examples provided. In day to day practice, we are faced with complex...

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