Archives by: KateMurray

Get Any Child talking More

My video blogs are usually for autism professionals and parents, but I have a little secret. All the techniques I talk about work great for any child even a child without disabilities. You see all of the strategies I recommend are based on the proven science of applied behavior analysis. I discuss the technique I’m talking about today in almost every lecture I present. I’ve given this advice lots of times to parents and grandparents of typically developing toddlers as well ... Read more

The Second Step in Tackling Any Problem Behavior

In a previous blog, I discussed the first step to tackle any problem behavior and that was to fully assess the whole child and accurately describe the problem behavior. If you haven’t watched that video blog, you may want to do that first. After assessment and a really good description of what the problem behavior looks like when it occurs, we need to determine when and where the problem behavior usually happens. Is it always with mom? Does it usually occur ... Read more

The First Step to Tackling ANY Problem Behavior

I did a survey a few years ago as I was creating my first online course and 300 autism professionals and parents responded within a week. They told me that their #1 challenge by far, hands down, was handling problem behavior. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level, I have analyzed a lot of different problem behaviors ranging from severe self-injurious behavior to one student who said “Are you happy?" 48 times in 10 min to another boy ... Read more

Balancing Reinforcement and Demands for Your Client or Child With Autism

In this video blog, I want to share with you a useful analogy I use to examine how we work with our clients or children with autism: I’ve been working with children with autism for almost 2 decades as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Early on in my career when I would see children with problem behaviors within autism classrooms a few things would come to my mind. First I would think: What is this child like when they are home on the ... Read more

Is Recovery From Autism Possible?

Did you know that up to half of children diagnosed with autism can recover if they are treated very aggressively with ABA therapy when they are very young? It was first shown that kids with autism could become indistinguishable from their peers in a classic study done by Dr. Ivar Lovaas published in 1986. That was 30 years ago. So, just to clarify, three decades ago some researchers knew that recovery from autism was possible using behavioral treatment yet, I bet this ... Read more

Keeping a Child with Moderate to Severe Autism Safe

In this video blog, I talk about how to keep a child with moderate to severe autism (who has limited language abilities) safe since there are many children (and even teens, and adults) with autism who have the language and/or cognitive functioning of a young child making safety awareness a huge concern for both parents and professionals. One of my former clients who I consulted with when he was 2 years of age was severely impacted with autism. When he was 6, ... Read more