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The following is an interview published by Chicago Parent with LEARN Behavioral Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Hanna Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D. […]
Help Your Child Build Friendships With Kids With Autism
Heading back to school can bring a number of challenges for our kids, especially those with autism. Navigating new environments, […]
Back to School: Homework Tips
Getting ready for the new school year can be a hectic and exciting time. Transitioning from the extra playtime and […]
Tips for Reducing Back to School Anxiety
By Katherine Johnson. M.S., BCBASenior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Judy Singer is an autistic Australian social scientist. In the […]
Neurodiversity – Origins and Impact
LEARN is committed to fostering a culture that embraces what makes us each unique—be it race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual […]
Addressing Health Equity in ABA Treatment Part I: A Black Mother’s Experience
School is out! Let summer break be a great opportunity to continue your child’s learning and growth. While summer can […]
Building Social Skills During Summer
Summer is a few short weeks away! The joy of completing the school year also brings the challenges associated with […]
7 Tips for Creating Summer Fun For Autistic Kids
Resources for families in the wake of Tuesday’s tragedy in Uvalde, Texas We all have been impacted by yesterday’s devastating […]
Our Heart Goes Out to Texas
First off, let’s talk about gender identity.  How do you identify? I identify as floating between more of a masculine […]
Voices for All: Sam Krus – An Interview Discussing Gender Diversity
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In September 2020, LEARN convened a group of neurodivergent staff to form our Neurodivergent Advisory Committee. The committee reviews and […]
Voices for All: Ash Franks Talks about Supporting Autistic People While Being Autistic and Her Role on LEARN’s New Neurodiversity Advisory Committee
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Graduate school is not something to be entered into lightly. A graduate degree is a big financial investment and requires […]
Selecting an ABA Graduate Program
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RONIT MOLKO, PH.D., BCBA-D STRATEGIC ADVISOR, LEARN BEHAVIORAL Just because someone is nonspeaking, does not mean they’re non-thinking. Around 25 […]
MYTH: Nonverbal or Nonspeaking People with Autism are Intellectually Disabled
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BY: NICOLE ZAHIRY, M.A., BCBA BEHAVIOR ANALYST SPECIALIST, AUTISM SPECTRUM THERAPIES  According to Autism Speaks, in 2021, 1 in 44 […]
The Autism Journey: Accepting vs. Resisting A Diagnosis
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RONIT MOLKO, PH.D., BCBA-D STRATEGIC ADVISOR, LEARN BEHAVIORAL It has been said that history is written by the victors. The […]
What is Contemporary ABA?
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by Katherine Johnson. M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral  “One of the most Googled questions neurotypicals ask about […]
Myth: People with Autism Don’t Feel Love
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The following is based on a conversation Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Dr. Evian Gordon, Chairman and CEO of Brain […]
Brain Plasticity & Early Intervention: “Neurons that fire together, wire together”
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BY KATHERINE JOHNSON, M.S., BCBA SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS Looking back at 2021, there were significant developments, both in research […]
Top 5 Autism Studies from the Last Year
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BY KATHERINE JOHNSON, M.S., BCBA SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS My cousin, a teenager with a broken heart, lay on my […]
Myth: Kids with Autism Don’t Have Emotions
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A board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), managing technician, at LEARN’s Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) in California’s Inland Empire region, Joshua […]
Spotlight on Diversity in ABA: An Interview with Joshua Polanco
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Parents and caregivers will do just about anything to provide for their children’s needs and requirements.  Unfortunately, for those whose […]
Why Adherence to Your Behavior Analyst’s Clinical Recommendation is Critical to Success
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BY RONIT MOLKO, PH.D., BCBA-D STRATEGIC ADVISOR, LEARN BEHAVIORAL If there is one enduring hallmark of the American experience, it’s […]
Neurodiversity: What It Means, Why It Matters
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Navigating the world of autism can be especially hectic during the holidays. While you juggle your to-do list, you may […]
6 Calming Activities for the Hectic Holiday Season
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Winter solstice, the day “the sun stands still,” marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. It’s the […]
6 Ways to Celebrate the Winter Solstice
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It’s beginning to look a lot like that time of year when your list of things stressing you out is […]
Make the Holidays Successful for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
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There’s a science behind thankfulness. What researchers are learning about gratitude is that it can be transformative for families, neighborhoods, […]
Why Gratitude Matters, and How to Foster It in Kids with ASD
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by Bradley Ross, M.A., BCBA, LBA Assistant Clinical Director, LEARN/AST, Louisiana There is no “one-plan-fits-all” approach for handling meltdowns. When […]
How to Help Your Child Through a Meltdown
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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral All sibling relationships have their ups and downs. Siblings […]
Autism and Siblings: Tips to Help Your Neurodivergent and Neurotypical Kids Get Along