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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Building a strong relationship with your child’s teacher can […]
This School Year, Build a Trusting Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher
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by Michelle Mannella, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA Behavior Analyst, LEARN/SPARKS Wow, it’s finally here! Some of us thought this moment would […]
10 Tips to Transition Kids with Autism Back to In-Person School
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by Shelby Morain, M.A., BCBA, LBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst, LEARN/Autism Spectrum Therapies Plenty of parents and caregivers of kids […]
Five Steps to Help Your Child with Autism Make Friends
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by Brittany Barger, M.Ed., BCBA Behavior Consultant, Autism Spectrum Therapies Summer can mean outdoor activities and family vacations, but it […]
How to Handle Screen Time with Your Child with Autism
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By Ashley Williams, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA Many children with autism are drawn to water for its calming, sensory experience. In […]
Why Swimming and Water Play Benefit Kids with ASD
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Blaring lights, screeching sirens, looming strangers with shiny badges—encounters with police can bring an overload of sensory experiences, making it […]
Six Steps to Prepare Your Child with Autism to Interact with Police
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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral What a difference a year can make. Last June, most parents […]
How to Keep Your Child with Autism Engaged This Summer
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Many kids with autism love to cook and bake, especially tasty treats. For the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, we’re […]
Easy Healthy—and Tasty—Treats to Make with Your Kids on the Fourth of July
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Giovanna “G” Bosco (she/they), a training tech at LEARN Behavioral and AST’s Mandeville, Louisiana, location, spends the bulk of their […]
Spotlight on Diversity in ABA: An Interview with Giovanna “G” Bosco
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by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Families everywhere are chucking backpacks and school shoes to […]
Sensory Processing Issues and Summer: Sand, Sweat, Fireworks … Oh, My!
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Ever heard of the job behavior technician? If you like working with kids and families—and making a difference in their […]
What in the World Is a Behavior Tech?
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Steve Olson’s day once started with an hour-long commute through the traffic-laden corridors of Silicon Valley, followed by long, intense […]
One Dad’s Story: Giving Back Helped My Family Heal
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As the summer heat settles in, many families head to pools, beaches grow crowded, and our time spent near water […]
5 Steps to Swim Safety for Your Child with Autism
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by Elizabeth Jeffrey-Arceneaux, M.S., BCBA Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), Louisiana With summer fast approaching, the increased time for preferred activities […]
Transitioning to Summer: 5 Tips to Make It a Success

Teaching Progressive Muscle Relaxation to children with autism. Presented by Behavior Analyst Katherine Johnson, BCBA.

Autism Help at Home: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral If the last 16 months have taught us anything, it’s that […]
Easing Your Child Back Into Life Post-Pandemic
by Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Parenting can be stressful, and research shows that parents […]
How Parents and Caregivers of Kids with Autism Cope with Stress
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Christian Tsetsos works as an insurance authorization coordinator for the head office of LEARN’s Behavioral Concepts (BCI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, […]
Christian Tsetsos Shares Stories from His Life on the Spectrum
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by Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is widely considered by many professionals and […]
Understanding the Evolution of ABA
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Becky Schoenfeldt, a registered behavior technician (RBT) for LEARN’s Behavioral Concepts (BCI) clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts, spends her days helping […]
A Special Mother’s Day Interview with Becky Schoenfeldt
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As parents and caregivers, we’re hard-wired to respond to our children’s cries with efforts to comfort and soothe. Nothing is […]
Create a Calm-Down Kit for Your Child with Autism
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Our new series, “Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA,” continues with an interview with Maia Jackson, the clinical development manager […]
Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA: Maia Jackson
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by Genevieve Marshall, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Clinical Director, SPARKS Years ago, in an undergraduate social psychology class, I recall my […]
This Earth Day and Beyond, Spend More Time in Nature
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Last fall, when Xavier DeGroat received an opportunity to work at the White House as an intern in the Office […]
Xavier DeGroat Shares His White House Experience and Life with Autism
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When Evie Mutsch, at age two-and-a-half, started applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP), she […]
Evie and Kelly Mutsch Talk About Their Journey with Autism—and Their Thriving, Eco-Friendly Business
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By Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Eye contact. “Quiet” hands. These were goals for autistic […]
Perspectives: Embracing Individuality in Behavior Analysis
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As you know, April has been Autism Awareness Month for several decades now. This year, after careful consideration, we are […]
Why We’re Embracing Acceptance this April—and Beyond