Does ABA work on typical kids?

I enjoy reading Eric Barker’s blog because he cites to published research on interesting topics. I think his tagline should be: “not what you thought.” This post questions the wisdom of using rewards to encourage desired behavior, namely eating vegetables. It caught my eye for lots of reasons: School’s been expanding my older son’s menu […]

Improve learning and retention of flashcard info

So many, many flashcards and pictures around our classroom (what the unitiated refer to as our “playroom”) fill bins and bins, sorted into ziplock bags. This Lifehacker article suggests that using a slightly more unusual font, such as Comic Sans MS or Bodoni MT, had 14% greater retention, even at different font sizes. One group […]

What does the NJ insurance bill do?

New Jersey Governor Corzine signed A2238, the NJ autism insurance coverage bill, into law on Thursday, providing for minimum of $36,000 annual coverage for behavioral therapy for autism. Some immediate answers about the NJ insurance bill, A2238: 1. What companies are required to comply with the bill? The bill will not affect insurance companies, and […]

Down with Autism!

Let’s be clear. Autism sucks; it certainly sucks for my son. (And I don’t lump the Asperger’s group into this: I have met Aspies who are cogent, gainfully employed, capable, present in the world, and able to self-advocate; Dylan wasn’t at all like that before getting high-quality ABA and has a long way to go, […]

Can we use brain signaling to improve ABA?

This article from Wired describes a very interesting development in neuroscience that could be harnessed to improve teaching of autistic children (and, of course, NT children as well). The essence of the discovery is that there are signals, prior to the application of a stimulus (in this case, something to be memorized), that seem to […]

Andrew Wakefield links of shame

This short article is the most recent update on the fallout from Wakefield’s actions. A longer version is also available. Finally, a broad explanation of the investigation is available on the journalist’s website. Here are some things that we didn’t note in our earlier post: this article from a few days ago is NOT the […]

ABA is for monkeys (and managers)!

I recently puchased the book “Made to Stick,” and I’ve spent a little time catching up on the authors’ articles in Fast Company magazine. One caught my eye and seemed eerily familiar. This article describes, of all things, using some standard ABA techniques to “handle” a difficult boss. It mentions the notion that everything you […]