Teaching children with autism

Teaching Children with Autism: A Review of the Basics
ABA is not rocket science, folks. The basic techniques are so straightforward that even an eighteen month old child can learn and apply them. If you want to be an expert, Robert Schramm’s book, Motivation and Reinforcement, will go a long way towards helping you achieve that goal, and both my book, Teaching Children with Autism, An ABA Primer and the autism postings on this blog provide even simpler introductions. But the basics are quite simple. Begin by getting a copy of Schramm’s The Seven Steps to Earning Instructional Control with Your Child, which is available both in his book, Motivation and Reinforcement, and on his website, http://www.knospe-ABA.de (where you will find a lot of other useful information as well). Then read the autism related sections of this blog (or my book, Teaching Children with Autism: An ABA Primer). The following suggestions are lifted from earlier postings to this blog:
Schramm says “In the best ABA/VB Programs approximately 75% of every interaction you have with your child should be reserved for the process of pairing yourself with fun activities and known reinforcement. Pairing activities should be led by your child’s motivation and should include only non-verbal and declarative language.’ [i.e., language that asks nothing of your child. RR] He continues, ‘The problem with pairing as a concept in ABA/VB is that it is not well defined. Pairing is a process of playing with your child. Thus, making his daily experience more enjoyable when he is with you than when he is without you. Good pairing does not include the use of [instructions. RR] In fact, it only took about one page of this book to explain how best to pair with your child. If you think about it, only one page of what you have read so far discusses what you should be doing with 75% of the time you are with your child.’ Playing with your child is where you should start.

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