Welcome back to the Lovaas Institute's Meeting Point newsletter. April is Autism Awareness month, and during this month we are excited to introduce several new initiatives to help keep you connected with the Lovaas community.
We recently developed an online store on our website to showcase materials that our consultants have found helpful for use in treatment. During the next few months, we will be adding to the store, as well as providing specific examples of how and when these materials have been used in behavioral intervention programs. Click here to view available products in our store.
We have also recently launched the Lovaas Institute Blog. We hope that you will join us in ongoing interactive discussions of behavioral treatment as related to family and school, and in other topics of interest. Finally, we will continue to provide articles in Meeting Point to share innovative and practical information based on the experiences of our consultants. We appreciate the feedback you have given us thus far, and we hope that you will continue to be part of our online community.
Vincent J. LaMarca
A frequent comment I hear from parents is that there is just not enough time in the day to set aside for learning. So, how can parents incorporate learning opportunities into their busy daily schedules?
As every teacher and paraprofessional knows, behavior challenges that arise at school cannot always be approached the same way they are handled at home. Some strategies available at home are difficult to implement at school.
At the 2002 ABA convention, Dr. Tristram Smith, an invited guest who has worked closely with Dr. Lovaas over the years, noted that the division of behavior analysts into camps (e.g., Lovaas, Verbal Behavior, traditional ABA, etc.) is harmful, divisive, pulls attention away from the technological and research aspects of our profession, and is in stark contrast to the systematic and collaborative nature on which research knowledge is built.
Derek is an adorable 4-year-old who is just learning to make full-sentence requests. He primarily labels highly desired foods (e.g., "I want chicken 'uggets!" "I want cwakers!" "I want cookies!" and "I want M&Ms!"). During a recent family hiking trip, Derek and his parents were ascending a steep hill/mountain. His mom reports that Derek was starting to wind down and said, "I want elevator!" Nobody knew that word was in his vocabulary! Boy, did he use it in the right context!
The names of all children in this newsletter have been changed in respect for family confidentiality.
We're So Quiet! Sit close to the child and whisper gently next to his ear. Keep it up until he talks back in a whisper. Get a simple conversation going, or just echo each other's whispers.
Sock Imitation! Put socks on the child's hands and say, "Do this" while clapping or making wacky movements.