ABA Behind the Scenes: Understanding and Tracking the “ABCs” of Behavior

In this edition of ABA Behind the Scenes, Jami Hardy, MS, BCBA, LGPC, will be walking us through what happens before and after a particular behavior occurs and how it affects future behavior. To understand why behavior occurs, we need to know what happens before, during, and after the behavior. In ABA, when we discuss…

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ABA Behind the Scenes: What Does Behavior Really Mean?

In this edition of ABA Behind the Scenes, Jami Hardy, MS, RBT, LGPC, will be unpacking the concept of “Behavior” as part of the term “Applied Behavior Analysis.” In ABA, when we talk about behavior, we really mean anything a person says or does. Behavior includes observable actions—all the things other people can see—as well…

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Coming April 2019: The NEW Verbal Beginnings Center

Verbal Beginnings is excited to announce the grand opening of the NEW Verbal Beginnings Center located just ½ mile away from our current center on Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia, Maryland. We will stick to the same philosophy of improving the quality of life for children with developmental disabilities through top-notch care, now just with a…

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Traveling with Children with Autism? Check these Travel Tips and Hacks

Travel can be physically and emotionally challenging for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and sensory processing disorders. They may have difficulty with routine changes, over-stimulating environments, and feeling a loss of control. However, there are things you can do before and during your travel that can make things easier on the whole family. Planes,…

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Waitlists for Autism Diagnosis: Avoid the Wait and Get Services Sooner

If you’ve begun your journey to receive an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, or other pediatric behavioral diagnosis, you may have come across other parents, teachers, and caregivers who have warned you of the dreaded waitlist process. Autism waitlists are currently a universal barrier to medical diagnoses and effect families living in both rural and urban…

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Becoming a BCBA

As a fresh cohort of newly minted Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) celebrate their passing of the certification exam, knowing where to even start on the journey to becoming a BCBA can be confusing. However, there are many exciting ABA careers available to those who become BCBAs, making the confusion well worth the reward. While…

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Four Ways ABA Doesn’t Apply to ASD

It is no secret that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been incredibly effective when working with children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  So much so, that members of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board recently published an article in the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management acknowledging that, though the Board Certified Behavior Analyst…

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After the Offer Letter

In a previous article, we have discussed the unique overlapping support systems in place for behavior analysts at Verbal Beginnings. Today we will discuss a different dimension of support, which is provided after the offer letter goes out and the onboarding process begins. The goal here is to ensure that new Board Certified Behavior Analysts…

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