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The A-Word Part 16: Today Versus Yesterday

After three months of ABA therapy with Jack Riley I sit down with his parents, Cheryl and Mike, to discuss how therapy has impacted their lives and their perception of autism.

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The A-word Part 15: I and Eye Contact

Love and humor is the glue that binds Mike, Cheryl and Jack Riley. In part 15 we see their unique family dynamic as well as Jack Riley making spontaneous eye contact with his therapist Jessica.

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The A-Word Part 14: Introducing Someone New

In this episode we learn that things are going to change in Jack Riley’s home.

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The A-Word Part 13:The Importance of Language

Last week we saw Jack Riley begin to tackle self feeding. In part 13 we see him feed himself with no trouble. Each new skill acquired is a victory, but there are still many more to learn. Language to express oneself is especially important, and in this episode we see why.

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The A- word Part 12: Learning How to Self Feed

Jack Riley has been in ABA therapy for the last ten weeks and they are finally tackling one of his biggest behavioral issues, feeding. Jack RIley doesn’t feed himself food and eats a very limited variety. RIght now his diet consists primarily of pancakes, applesauce, and yogurt. In part 12 we see how his therapists and parents begin to work on this skill with Jack RIley.

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The A-Word Part 11: Learning by Imitating Others

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The A-Word Part 10: Learning, Dad Included

Jack Riley has been doing ABA therapy now for 8 weeks. He isn’t the only one learning though during these sessions. Today we see Jack Riley’s Senior therapist Jessica, give Dad a few pointers to get his son to be more verbal.

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A-Word Part 9: Strengths And Weaknesses

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The A-Word Part 8: NVI, Labels, and Stop

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The A-Word Part 7: Redirecting Behavior

In Part 7 we see Jack Riley’s annunciation of words get even stronger. With the excitement of having a larger functional vocabulary Jack Riley displays repetitive behaviors.

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