Following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been much talk on the Internet and social media about possible connections between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and planned violence. In particular, many have discussed the unconfirmed rumor that the individual who perpetrated the tragedy may have been diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder. We feel it is important…
Did you know ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) goes way beyond, “Come here?” and, “What color?” ABA has a reputation of being limited to teaching functional skills, simple academics and basic language and social skills. In reality, these limitations only exist when service providers lack the resources (funding) for a comprehensive program and/or lack training in current applications of ABA.
The only hands quiet at the Minetta Lane Theatre are those depicted in the picture above. When the curtain fell at the off-Broadway show Fallling, the audience erupted in resounding applause. Falling is a new play that depicts the challenges faced in one ordinary night for a family with Autism. Playwright and mother of a child with Autism Deana Jent says, “It’s not just a play written to educate people about autism, it’s about asking questions, loving someone who’s hard to love and trying to get through like.”
This week, Jack Riley’s supervisor, Diana, visits to check on his progress. Jessica and Diana discuss how going to the bathroom has been an issue with Jack Riley. They problem-solve to see what they can do to change his behavior.
The Story of Luke is a remarkable film about an unlikely hero, a young man with Autism transitioning to adulthood. Lou Taylor Pucci who brilliantly portrays this lovable yound man visits the set of Autism Live to tell how he researched and developed this endearing character, and how playing an individual with Autism has changed his view of the world.
This is the story of AJ and how he and his family tackled a diagnosis of autism with the help of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD).
Have you seen the new Smarty videos on Autism Live? Skills® is sponsoring this new monthly series, so I got a sneak peek. I absolutely love them!
Autism parents, experts and activists, encourage everyone to sign the petition asking Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to clarify the essential health benefits to include ABA for Autism! This small clarification can open a world of possibilities for children with Autism. Learn how you can make your own infinity ribbon to tell the world that with ABA, the possibilities are infinite!
Have you made your disaster kit yet? I’ll admit, mine is still a work in progress, but I’m determined to have it done before Christmas!
Opportunities like Thea’s give behavior analysts a chance to increase the understanding of ABA to those outside the field. If we continue to interact and collaborate with as well as learn from and educate professionals in the educational and medical fields we have a very exciting future. The benefit for practitioners is huge, but the benefit to our clients and students is incalculable.