Who Should Be On Your Child’s IEP team?

IEP teamThe Individualized Education Program (IEP) team makes important decisions about your child’s education. To create an effective IEP, parents, teachers, other school staff–and often the student–must come together to look closely at the student’s unique needs. Let take a look at who should be on your child’s IEP team. 

  1. Parents are vital to the IEP team process. By being an active IEP team member, parents can also infuse the IEP planning process with a thought about long-term needs for the child’s successful adult life.
  2. Regular education teacher of the child.  The regular education teacher provides the general education curriculum in the regular classroom and possible changes to the educational program that will help the child learn and achieve.
  3. Special education teacher of the child, or where appropriate. The special education teacher will suggest ideas for instructional strategies, adaptations (i.e., modifications, accommodations) and AT devices or services.
  4.  A representative of the public agency i.e. school administrator who is qualified to provide, supervise special education services; is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum, and is knowledgeable about the availability of resources of the public agency.
  5.  The person qualified to interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results i.e. school psychologist. This person will explain what the evaluations mean concerning designing appropriate instructional goals and objectives for the student.
  6.  The Student. If transition service needs or transition services are going to be discussed at the meeting, the student must be invited to attend.

Each team member brings essential information to the IEP meeting. Members share their information and work together to write the child’s Individualized Education Program. Each person’s information adds to the team’s understanding of the child and what services the child needs.

Let us help you. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.

The Importance of  Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) is a way of describing therapy based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy). Extensive research has shown that early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) can significantly improve the chances of positive outcomes for children with developmental or behavioral issues.

How Does EIBI Work?

Many techniques are used under the umbrella of EIBI but all are based on the application of behavior analytical principles. This includes identification and modification of :

Antecedents – The events, action(s), or circumstances that occur immediately before a behavior. The antecedent could be anything from a question from a teacher to the presence of another person. Changes of environment can also be common antecedents.

Consequences – The outcome of the behavior. The consequence is crucial as it often inadvertently extends the behavior.

Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention aims to improve a child’s overall functioning across a range of areas and alter the developmental trajectory of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Let us help you. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Picky Eaters in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Picky eating is very common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is an issue that can be very frustrating and difficult for the parents to manage.

Here are some tips for handling the picky eater.

  1. ABA can help. First, keep in mind that Applied Behavior Analysis can help with this problem. Through an individualized plan, ABA can help you improve your child’s table habits.
  1. No power struggle. Never engage in a power struggle with a child who is a picky eater. You will lose. Offer acceptable foods, and let the child eat or not eat. Set a time limit for meal times. There should be no pressure or shouting at the table.
  1. Be mindful of food textures. In children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, there may be a distinct preference for certain food textures. If your child only wants things that are crunchy, for example, then offer the child crunchy foods. If the child only wants smooth foods, then your blender is your friend.
  1. Be mindful of gastrointestinal issues. There is some evidence that children with ASD may also have some digestive problems. Explore this with your doctor. Some parents have found that specific diets may help such as gluten-free or casein-free.
  1. Color or presentation may play a role. Maybe the child has a preference for a particular color food or specific presentation on the plate. Many children, for example, don’t like foods that are mixed like a casserole. These children want to see precisely what each food is.
  1. Don’t try to “trick” the child. If the child likes spaghetti, don’t try mixing vegetables into the sauce to trick the child. This is counter-productive and likely to backfire. The child then begins to suspect that every food has hidden things that the child doesn’t want.
  1. Be patient. Remember that these table issues are common in children with ASD. We can help you find solutions that will work.

Applied Behavior Analysis helps to extinguish undesirable behaviors and reinforce desirable ones. ABA can improve your child’s toileting behaviors, eating behaviors, speech, and sleeping routines. ABA can be life changing for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you are trying to decide how to handle a child with ASD or what type of therapy is most appropriate for your child, please contact us today.

Let us help you. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.

6 Common Misconceptions About ABA Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

ABA is Applied Behavior Analysis, a method of systematically bringing about positive behavioral changes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ABA is currently the only therapy that has been shown in scientific research to work.

When parents have a child with ASD, they are often overwhelmed with all the information available on the internet and choosing what is best for their child. ABA therapy has been around for many years, yet often people don’t know exactly what it is.

There are many common misconceptions about ABA therapy. Let’s take a look at some of them.

  1. “ABA is experimental”. Not so! It’s the only therapy recommended by the US Surgeon General and has been shown in research to work for over 30 years.
  2. “ABA doesn’t work with older children”. ABA works with children of all ages. Sometimes results take longer with older children, but that’s true of any kind of learning.
  3. “ABA relies too much on food rewards”. In ABA therapy, all different types of rewards are used depending on each child. Some children are more food-motivated than others. Treatment and therapy are always tailored to the individual case.
  4. “With ABA, children hear NO all the time”. Not at all. ABA uses positive reinforcement, and the program is designed to help the child be successful and build on success.
  5. “ABA is a new therapy”. ABA has been around since 1950 and has been shown to work since the 1970s.
  6. “ABA therapy requires a 40-hour per week treatment plan”. As we’ve said already, ABA therapy is personalized for every child. The time required depends on the needs of the individual child.

Applied Behavior Analysis helps to extinguish undesirable behaviors and reinforce desirable ones. ABA can improve your child’s toileting behaviors, eating behaviors, speech, and sleeping routines. ABA can be life changing for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you are trying to decide how to handle a child with ASD or what type of therapy is most appropriate for your child, please contact us today.

Let us help you. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.

All About the Replacement Behavior

Now that you’ve created your behavior intervention plan, it’s time to put the teaching parts in place.

A replacement behavior is an appropriate behavior that takes the place of the interfering behavior.  When supporting interfering behaviors, a core component of the behavior intervention plan is to teach a replacement behavior.  The interfering behavior has been the child’s way of accessing what they want and what they don’t want.  Therefore, we cannot expect to change the child’s behavior without giving them a replacement behavior that achieves the same outcome.

When we want to decrease an interfering behavior, it is important to remember that we can’t just expect the person to stop that behavior without giving them something to do instead of that behavior.

A replacement behavior can be a new behavior or a behavior the child already performs.  The intent of the replacement behavior is to show that they can get what they want more effectively and efficiently.  Therefore, you must identify the function of the interfering behavior so you can choose a replacement behavior of equal or less effort.   It’s important that the replacement is also easy to perform.

Step 1. Define the interfering behavior.
It is important to know the function or purpose of the interfering behavior before determining a replacement behavior.

Sept 2. Determine which behavior replacement behavior to teach.

Once it has been determined that the interfering behavior is impacting the child’s ability to access learning, relationships, and the community, you can begin to identify a replacement behavior.   Here are tips for determining a replacement behavior:

  • Tip 1: Find the function.
  • Tip 2: Determine what the student should do instead of the behavior.

After you determine the replacement behavior you are going to teach, it is important to teach the student that the new behavior works just as well as the old behavior.

Let us help you create a positive plan of action. We offer Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and our services are outlined here. We encourage you to call us directly, toll-free, at (844) 263-1613 or email us at info@totalspectrumcare.com. We are based in Elmhurst, Illinois.