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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
Most of us in the autism field know that women make up the bulk of board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs). […]
Women Leaders at LEARN Talk About Working in STEM—and Why Behavior Analysts Sometimes Get Left Out
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By Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral Preparing a child who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for any […]
Daylight Saving Time: Tips to Help Your Child Adjust
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By Mary Smith, BCBA, LBA Executive Director, WEAP The global pandemic of COVID-19 has directly claimed 2.6 million lives worldwide, […]
Perspectives: Supporting Women in the Workplace During the Pandemic
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By Katherine Johnson, MS, BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Children learn language best when they’re engaged and interested—something […]
How Books Can Help Kids with Autism Build Language
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Our new series, “Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA,” kicks off with an interview with Brandon Whitfield, the clinical director […]
Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA: Brandon Whitfield
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On the heels of the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing civil unrest, particularly around race, children are learning and […]
Celebrate Black History Month with These Children’s Books
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By Nathan Franklin Managing Behavioral Treatment Technician, WEAP, Milwaukee As our country starts the process of distributing vaccines for COVID-19 […]
Perspectives: Why Access to ABA Is a Matter of Social Justice
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For many of us, the past year didn’t allow for much planning ahead. Most, if not all, of us, had […]
Plan 2021 with Intention and a Positive Mindset
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The changing of routine, new decorations in the home, the influx of visitors, whether in-person or online—all of this makes […]
Make Holiday Baking with Your Child a Success
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The coronavirus pandemic influences our daily activities and life in a profound way. With the holidays upon us, many families […]
Holiday Gifts to Make with Your Child
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Halloween can require some extra planning and precautions when celebrating with children who have autism. UAB Medicine published an article […]
Navigating Halloween 2020 for Kids with Special Needs
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This upcoming fall will be like no other for America’s children. As schools struggle to decide how to re-open safely, […]
Challenges of Transitioning to School in the Fall
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t’s July, and we have all spent more than our fair share of time inside over the past four months. […]
Time Outside
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Parents of special needs children worldwide are struggling with the prospect of engaging the minds and bodies of their children […]
Keep Your Child with Autism Engaged This Summer
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By: Angela Montes, MS, BCBA   Racism. Its existence makes our hearts heavy, evokes sadness, generates uncertainty, and creates fear. […]
How to Start Talking About Racism
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Now that things are beginning to open back up in some communities, we may start to turn our thoughts to […]
Preparing to Use Respite Workers and Babysitters
Over the last 10 weeks, I know that most of us have experienced some level of fear, sadness, uncertainty, and […]
A Letter From LEARN’s President
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As some states cautiously move into the initial phases of re-opening, there may be more places to go within your […]
Keeping Kids Connected to Loved Ones Via Zoom and FaceTime
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This was a text from one of my mom-friends in the early days of our stay-at-home order.  It took me […]
To All the Other Parents of Children With Special Needs: I Feel You
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As states take their first tentative steps toward reopening, we want to support families navigating new rules that may be […]
Teaching COVID-19 Skills
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By Dr. Hanna Rue and Justin Funches COVID-19 has changed the daily life of most families in the United States. […]
Continuing Progress During COVID-19
Being a working parent is demanding.  Being a working parent with your kids home all day is demanding squared.  Being […]
Independent Play for Kids: Bathtub Fun
By Ronit Molko, PhD, BCBA-D The Covid-19 response requiring nationwide social distancing and sheltering in place has curtailed or eliminated […]
Maintaining Skills For Children with Autism During COVID-19
By Rebecca Mandal-Blasio, PhD, BCBA-D It is Thursday morning and I just received the 4th frantic phone call from a family […]
Crisis Support for Families
By Katherine Johnson, BCBA Until recently, my weekdays had a different form of routine to them.  Each morning my family […]
Regulating Your Emotions During COVID-19