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To Evaluate or Not To Evaluate

To Evaluate or Not To Evaluate

You feel that your daughter should be speaking in longer sentences. Your son’s teacher sent home a note telling you that she’s concerned about his listening skills. Your sister can’t understand your daughter talking on the phone. Should you get your child evaluated?? Here are some actions to consider when […]

What Is(n’t) Speech Therapy?

What Is(n’t) Speech Therapy?

When I mention my career in conversation, the next question that often comes up is something along the lines of “What do speech therapists do?” I must admit that I often have a hard time expressing the gist of my job in just a few words. Some people guess that […]

What’s the Function?! Part Two….

What’s the Function?! Part Two….

In the last post we discussed why behaviors happen (the functions of behavior) and why it’s necessary to determine the function. In this post, we will go through some steps to help determine the function. Remember, we want to know the function so we can find a behavior we would […]

What’s the Function?! Part One…

In the first post we gave a brief description of the history/definition of ABA and today, we will discuss probably the most important thing we come across and use in daily ABA— Functions. Not surprisingly, functions in ABA refer to the functions of behavior. Simply put, this means why is […]

More than a picky eater: How to Really Know

The struggles of a parent during mealtime with a picky eater can range from bad to worse. It often begins with the ever-present protest of “No!” then ends with screaming, tantrums and food flying across the room. The question remains: is the food refusal normal of a picky eater or […]

What is ABA…..

Many people have heard the term or had experience with ABA in recent years yet still are not completely sure what it is. So… Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a treatment approach based on scientific principles of behavior developed over the past 50 years. It is considered to be the […]

For Teachers

For Teachers

Stuttering is a fluency disorder that is defined as a disruption in the forward flow of speech. It is commonly characterized by repetitions (ex. ba-ba-baseball), sound prolongations (ex. mmmommy), or blocks (i.e. no sound). Disfluencies may also be accompanied by negative thoughts and feelings about stuttering, avoidance of sounds, words […]