Using Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to help young learners with autism reach their full potential – An Interview with Lindsay Hilsen

“Originally ABA had a negative reputation. People envisioned a teacher and child sitting at a table all day, robotically doing the same task over and over again. This is a misconception. ABA actually focuses on teaching the child away from the table. My curriculum emphasizes the need to teach the child in a general or natural setting. So in order for the program/task to be mastered, the child will need to be able to demonstrate the skill in three different settings, with three different people, and with three different materials…”

From Anxiety to Meltdown – An Interview with Deborah Lipsky

“once people understand meltdown triggers and why they occur the enviroment can be modified to help reduce the number of meltdowns. And more compassion instead of critism can be offered to us because we feel awful afterwards; feelings of remorse and regret are common because we didn’t want it to occur. It isn’t like we have a “quota” of so many meltdowns we need to have in a day. It just happens due to overwhelming factors beyond our (the autistic person’s) control.”