Behavior Toolbox

How to Use a Star Chart

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How to Use a Reinforcement System: Another Tool for Your Behavior Toolbox  One of the most effective and efficient ways of letting a child know that he or she is making good decisions is with a reinforcement system.  In a reinforcement system a child gets to see the positive outcome of good behavior.  A reinforcer

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Facilitating a Successful Play Date

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One of the most important and helpful things parents can do for their child with Autism is give them plenty of opportunities to interact socially with others.   Facilitated play dates are an excellent way to do this.  Facilitating a play date involves helping your child interact socially when he needs the additional assistance.  This might

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How Can I Decrease Self-Stimulatory Behaviors?

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Self-stimulatory behavior refers to a wide range of behaviors that include repetitive vocal behaviors (e.g., saying “ticka ticka” or making truck noises), repetitive actions (e.g., hand flapping or body posturing), and repetitive play with objects (e.g., sprinkling torn pieces of paper or flipping a puzzle piece over many times).  Research has shown that children may

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Time to Learn About Time Outs

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 When used properly, time outs can be a very effective tool to keep in your behavior toolbox!  Time out is an effective way to show your child that they did not make a good choice.   Before you try a time out, it is important to know that there are many strategies  may help

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