Reinforcement vs Punishment

Did you know we use reinforcement and punishment all of the time, not just in ABA therapy? Reinforcement and punishment are used everywhere to shape our own behaviors. In ABA therapy sessions with autistic clients, reinforcement is used more so than punishment because behavior analysts and RBTs (Registered Behavior Technicians) are focused on strengthening behaviorsContinue reading “Reinforcement vs Punishment”

My autism diagnosis

I wanted to share my story again towards receiving an autism diagnosis, since I gained a lot of new followers on my blog website and tomorrow being my 25th birthday: I was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 18th, 1998. After I turned one years old, my parents noticed I was not meeting developmental milestonesContinue reading “My autism diagnosis”

Interview with Marissa Davila as a BCBA in ABA telehealth

Did you know there are ABA therapy companies who mainly use telehealth? Meet my first guest in the new year: Marissa Davila is a behavior analyst and founder of Blanton Behavioral Services LLC. She is not like most behavior analysts who run their own ABA therapy company because she mainly provides telehealth for clients onContinue reading “Interview with Marissa Davila as a BCBA in ABA telehealth”

New year goals

Happy new year! It’s that time of the year for autistic self-advocates and those who know someone with autism to create goals inorder to accomplish them this year. Want to learn how to set these goals? Here are the steps: 1. Make your goals achievable. This means to select realistic and age-appropriate goals while understandingContinue reading “New year goals”

Open letter to my middle school speech therapist: Mrs. Smith

Dear Mrs. Smith, I hope retirement has been going well and hope you see this letter one day online. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have grown my social and communication skills. I’m so grateful you created a social skills program for students with disabilities when I was in middle school. I learned toContinue reading “Open letter to my middle school speech therapist: Mrs. Smith”

Overcoming the holiday season

The winter holidays can be so much fun! Although, a lot of autistic people deal with changes in routine, which causes them stress and other behaviors like meltdowns. How can you help an autistic person through the holiday season? Here are some tools and ideas to help autistic people get through the holidays that occurContinue reading “Overcoming the holiday season”

Interview with Kirt Manecke as an author and online course creator

Who knows someone who creates an online course based off a published book? Meet the last guest on “The World of Autism” for 2022: Kirt Manecke is an author of a book that gained a testimonial from Dr. Temple Grandin! Not only that, his published book inspired him to create his own online course toContinue reading “Interview with Kirt Manecke as an author and online course creator”

Beating misconceptions about ASD

I cannot even begin to tell you how many misconcpetions there are about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I listed themost common misconceptions about ASD here: These are some of the many misconceptions about ASD, but I shared the most common ones around today. Now let me tell you the truth about ASD from my ownContinue reading “Beating misconceptions about ASD”

Providing choices/Choice making

Did you know when you provide autistic people with choices that it teaches them various skills? During ABA therapy sessions, behavior analysts and RBTs should allow autistic client to choose which programs they want to work on. It allows autistic clients to lead their learning while behavior analysts and RBTs are getting goals accomplished fromContinue reading “Providing choices/Choice making”

Keys to a fun Thanksgiving

It’s about to be Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving can be an exciting and fun holiday, but it can be stressful for autistic people at the same time. Do you want to know some ways to help an autistic person have a good and fun Thanksgiving? Here are some ways to help out: What are some other waysContinue reading “Keys to a fun Thanksgiving”