Perspectives: Embracing Individuality in Behavior Analysis

By Katherine Johnson, M.S., BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Eye contact. “Quiet” hands. These were goals for autistic children everywhere in ABA programs in the 1990s. As a generation of autistic children have come of age and grown into autistic adults, we’ve heard their criticisms, a few of them being: eye contact is…

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Why We’re Embracing Acceptance this April—and Beyond

As you know, April has been Autism Awareness Month for several decades now. This year, after careful consideration, we are shifting our focus for the month from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance. Why Acceptance, instead of Awareness? For one, leading disability groups nationwide, including the Autism Society of America, Easter Seals, The Arc, and the National Association of…

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Daylight Saving Time: Tips to Help Your Child Adjust

By Ronit Molko, Ph.D., BCBA-D Strategic Advisor, LEARN Behavioral Preparing a child who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for any routine change can be a significant challenge. In fact, insistence on sameness, inflexible adherence to routines, or ritualized patterns of verbal or nonverbal behavior are common traits and characteristics for children on the spectrum. So,…

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How Books Can Help Kids with Autism Build Language

By Katherine Johnson, MS, BCBA Senior Director of Partnerships, LEARN Behavioral Children learn language best when they’re engaged and interested—something the right book can evoke in an instant. Since children on the autism spectrum sometimes struggle with reading comprehension, it’s important to build positive routines around reading as early as possible in your child’s life.…

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Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA: Brandon Whitfield

Our new series, “Spotlight on Black Professionals in ABA,” kicks off with an interview with Brandon Whitfield, the clinical director overseeing LEARN Behavioral’s Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) Beach Cities office in beautiful, sunny Los Angeles. This series comes on the heels of an analysis conducted by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), which found that…

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Black History Month: LEARN Continues to Push Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan Forward

Creating a more diverse workplace, raising awareness about unconscious biases, providing advancement opportunities for everyone—these initiatives have long been part of LEARN’s DNA. But in 2020, with heightened awareness around social disparities in our country, the company’s employees, supported by leadership, decided to formalize and flesh out these goals with the launch of LEARN’s Diversity,…

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