School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)

Not only response-to-intervention is used in schools, but so is school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS). So, what is school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS)? School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) is a proactive strategy used in schools to promote and increase appropriate expectations of behaviors for all students while establishing a safe learning environment. Students who are atContinue reading “School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)”

Halloween 2021

It looks like Halloween will be happening in person this year! We all know that Halloween is a fun holiday of dressing up in costumes and getting candy from going to peoples’ houses while trick or treating. Although, Halloween can be stressful sometimes for people with autism. How can you help a person with autismContinue reading “Halloween 2021”

Response-To-Intervention (RTI)

What is response-to-intervention (RTI)? Response-to-Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered model approach with interventions and services at different levels of intensity based on a student’s academic, behavior, and social challenges. There are three tiers in RTI. The first tier is the primary tier. In this tier, all students are involved, and the general education teacher providesContinue reading “Response-To-Intervention (RTI)”

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

What is picture exchange communication system (PECS)? Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a functional communication system in which allows children with ASD to express in an alternative way through pictures. PECS are used as an intervention for children with ASD who either have no expressive language or have very limited expressive language. Personally, IContinue reading “Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)”

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It is so important to ensure people with disabilities have access to jobs, so they make a living and succeed in life like everyone else in the world. Here are ways employers can hire more people with disabilities and ways to create more inclusive work environments: Provide jobContinue reading “National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021”

Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)

What is a behavior intervention plan (BIP)? A behavior intervention plan (BIP) is a written plan for addressing individual needs of students. There are nine components of a behavior intervention plan (BIP). Shepherd and Linn (2014) share the nine components within a behavior intervention plan (BIP): a target behavior definition, attempted interventions, summary of FBA,Continue reading “Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)”

Environment and visual supports for Autistics

Modifications can be made to create a positive and supportive environment for people with ASD. Environmental and visual supports are modifications used in any school, home, and community setting, in order to help autistics grow and develop. Environmental supports organize and structure physical spaces in homes, schools, and communities. Some environmental supports used for AutisticsContinue reading “Environment and visual supports for Autistics”

Instructional Strategies for teaching Autistics

What are some strategies for teaching autistics? After receiving my ASD diagnosis around the age of two, my parents got me early intervention services. My early intervention services included all kinds of therapies, in which I received seven days a week. Evidence-based practices were applied, which helped me tremendously. Today, I apply evidence-based practices intoContinue reading “Instructional Strategies for teaching Autistics”

Assessments for ASD

How does a child or adult get evaluated for ASD? What kind of assessments are involved? During the age of one, my parents were recommended by a neurologist that I should get evaluated for ASD. My parents wanted to know what was going on with me in regards to my development, so they followed theContinue reading “Assessments for ASD”

Stimming

What is stimming? Wang (n.d.) explains the meaning of stimming as repetitive behaviors, such as movement and/or speech. Stimming is one of the signs/symptoms of Autism. When I was really young, I used to rock back and forth, bang my head against the wall, and spin in circles nonstop. There are many reasons that AutisticsContinue reading “Stimming”