When it comes to improving language and social skills, and evolving cognitive behavior in children, it is natural that a behavior analyst will look for environmental variables that may impact behaviors that influence these areas of learning. There are various studies showing that children’s early life experiences can play an important role in language development. […]
Benny Howard, MS, BCBA is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. As a graduate assistant he provided services with Project 12-Ways to teach children and their parents the skills necessary to get along without abuse and neglect. He has also provided comprehensive assessment and treatment based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to individuals diagnosed with autism, mental retardation, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. He currently serves as Behavior Analyst at North Shore Pediatric Therapy.
Your child may have difficulties getting out the door for a number of reasons. For example, transitions from one activity to the next may be a problem. Other children may engage in problematic behaviors to avoid a non-preferred activity, acquire access to a preferred activity, or escape transitioning from a preferred activity to a non-preferred […]
Everyone has to learn to live within limits, and it is best when children learn it young. Accepting ‘no’ as an answer teaches children the valuable skill of denying access to a reinforcer. This is also known as ‘contentment.’ Oftentimes a child develops problem behavior that has been maintained by a history of obtaining preferred […]
Parents of children with Autism, especially those with more severe challenges like language and sensory issues, often fret about embarking on toilet training. Questions about when to start and how to do it may linger and create anxiety. Also, as a child develops in personality and behavior, they are also changing physically, so it is […]