By Cheryl and Mike

The A-Word, Autism Part 26: Struggling With Expectations

In this episode, Mike discusses his concerns over Jack Riley’s recent tantrums and general non-compliance during outings. Mike shares with Jessica his hopes and concerns about his son’s future and how autism may shape that.
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The A-word, Autism Part 25: Playing is Learning

At two years of age, for learning to be effective for Jack Riley, it needs to be centered around play. To make every moment is a teaching moment, Jessica uses toys that are motivating for Jack Riley to incorporate into lessons they are working on.

The A-Word, Part 24: Gaining Attention

As Jack Riley’s language skills expand, so do his social skills. Jessica is teaching Jack Riley how to appropriately gain attention from others. As the skill is new to Jack Riley, Jessica prompts him the entire way using visual, physical, and vocal prompts until he learns how to gain others attention independently.

The A-Word, Part 22: Tacting and Joint Attention

After six months of ABA therapy, Jack Riley has become significantly more vocal. He now consistently labels items and mands. In this epidode, we observe as Jack Riley tacts with joint attention, which is a major accomplishment as lack of joint attention is a key identifying sign of autism.

The A-Word, Part 19:

Part 19 of the series following Jack Riley in his journey through ABA Therapy. In this episode, Jack learns three new programs: actions, categories, and body parts.

The A-Word Part 17: Don’t Give Up

This is the second half of the interview with Jack Riley’s parents, Cheryl and Mike. In this half, they define what ABA therapy is and describe what it is like from the perspective of a family experiencing it first hand, jargon free.