Treating Autism: Why My Verbal Behavior Approach is Different & Better

Treating Autism: Why My Verbal Behavior Approach is Different & Better


I recently did a podcast on the ten ways
I believe my verbal behavior approach is different and better for kids with
autism so today in this short video blog I want to give you the top three ways I
believe my approach is different and better and might be able to help you
help your children or clients do better too hi I’m dr. Mary Barbera autism mom board
certified behavior analyst and best-selling author of the verbal
behavioral approach each week I provide you with some of my ideas about turning
autism around so if you haven’t subscribed to my youtube channel you can
do that now so I have in the past two decades seen a lot of ABA programs and a
lot of programs where people are telling me that they’re using a verbal behavior
approach they’re using a BB map they are implementing some of the procedures in
my book but sometimes when I look at those programs or I look at the BB map
and the treatment plan or I hear about kids having problem behaviors I tend to
think that professionals and parents could be using my approach to help these
children more and I know that might sound a little egotistical that I think
my program is is different and better than everyone else’s but I do think that
there are wait there are reasons that I believe that my approach might be able
to help you turn things around even if you haven’t made a lot of progress in
months or years with some of your clients or children
the first way I reason why I believe my program is different is that I have a
lot of experience with different hats I fell into the autism world in 1999 when
my firstborn son Lucas was diagnosed with autism just one day before his
third birthday at that point I was a nurse I had a master’s degree in nursing
I was a nurse manager always working in the neurology rehab field I worked with
multidisciplinary teams created goals multidisciplinary goals with pts OTS
speech therapists parents or loved ones of the patient so it really did prepare
me I was a nurse manager had to deal with a lot of the organizational
behavior management I published actually in the nursing field I published in the
field of Nursing retention shift shift report and time management all very
behavioral things that I was studying and without really ever hearing the term
ABA or applied behavior analysis I also in addition to being a parent being a
nurse I became a behavior analyst in 2003 earned a PhD in 2011 became a
doctoral level BCBA I worked for 7 years as the lead behavior analyst for the
Pennsylvania verbal behavior project working with hundreds of kids all across
the spectrum all ages all abilities I also spent at least seven years or eight
years as an early intervention provider with first two three-year-olds and in
schools and in homes after my book was published in 2007 traveled the world and
just four years ago began selling online courses to both professionals and
parents within the autism community so I look at things with my many hats on I
often can relate to parents I can relate to behavior analysts I’ve worked with so
many speech therapists who’ve done incredible jobs in helping kids so I do
think that in this case wearing many hats does help me create programs and
create step-by-step procedures that actually are effective or effective with
laypeople and parents new therapists as well as seasoned professionals who may
be very good at what they do but they’re having a hard time quickly training
people without a lot of data the second way I believe my approach is different
is that I use a very common sense ABA approach probably because of the
different hats I wear my perspectives I don’t I know that parents are
overwhelmed they can’t be taking loads of data or any data in many situations
and I am very attuned to how people best learn how they are trained my
dissertation was on training people so I do think that I use common sense
approaches such as we all need a positive step or negative I didn’t
create that when Lapham first taught me that but I everything I do is very
positive I have thought of if you see problem behaviors demands are too high
reinforcements too low we need to flip that we need to spend a ninety-five
percent of our time preventing problem behaviors we need to avoid escaped
extinction procedures so in addition to wearing many hats using common sense
strategies I also this is very related I want to want to and want to encourage
both professionals and parents to step back look at the forest not the trees we
don’t just focus on language we don’t just focus on problem behaviors we focus
on self-care leisure skills pre-vocational skills academic skills we
look at what the patient with the parents value the age of the child the
whether they have siblings whether you know just a whole lot of variables and
so I really don’t like to go right in and start what I call tit-for-tat
programming I did a video blog on that recently I like to step back and really
focus on the major things that people that kids need major being can they
request their wants and needs do that do they have major problem behaviors at or
near zero how is their toileting can they can they are with some supervision
these are the things that I think are really gonna make a difference in their
lives and sometimes people jump too far in and look at the trees and not the bar
so throughout my courses I’m using my approach which is different than anyone
elses because of my background so if you want to learn more about the ways my
program is different you can listen to the podcast which is episode number 15
and go on Mary Barbera comm 4/15 and if you would like to learn more about
joining my online course and community that’s really the best way for me to
help you it’s a long process to learn how
to shift your approach and do things positively making more progress
incorporating parents and professionals together to help each child reach their
fullest potential which is always my goal do you want to do that I would love
to have you at a free online workshop at Mary Barbara come forward slash workshop
if you like this video give me a thumbs up leave me a comment and share this
video with others I’ll see you right here next week

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