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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.

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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.

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The A-Word, Autism Part 23: 6 Months Of ABA Therapy


Jack Riley has now had 6 months of ABA therapy. When he first started working with CARD he was non-verbal. Now he labels, tacts, and has a vocabulary that is constantly increasing.

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

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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.

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The A-Word, Part 21: Requesting and Reinforcement


Jack Riley is now requesting what he wants which is now beginning to prove difficult for his parents, since they are suppose to reinforce each request.

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The A-Word, Autism Part 20: Transitioning is a Life Skill

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Transitioning from one activity to the next is difficult for Jack Riley, partially because of inflexibility, and which requires the family to plan ahead. By planning ahead, Jack Riley’s family help him transition to different activities by anticipating .rax_tsmdwc_main { float:right; background: ; border: ; padding: 10px; margin:0px 10px 10px 10px; margin-right:0px; } .rax_tsmswc_inner { [...]

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The A-Word, Part 19:

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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.

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The A-Word, Part 18: Language Comprehension

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Jack Riley’s language comprehension is developing constantly, and today he demonstrates a language skill he hasn’t done before.

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The A-Word Part 17: Don’t Give Up

Jack Riley

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.

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