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PECS

PECS stands for Picture Exchange Communication System. It is a augmentative method of communication for non-verbal individuals as well as individuals just learning to talk. It can also be used by individuals with speech issues. Most frustration in individuals that are unable to speak is due to a lack of communication. PECS provides an easy …Continue reading →

Types of Prompting

Prompting is an important way for any child to learn how to do something. Many kids without special needs can learn just by seeing someone do it. Most children with special needs need to be taught specifically how to do you usually through different types of prompting. Physical Prompting Full physical-you physically guide the child …Continue reading →

Functions of Behavior

Behavior is a common occurrence in children, but more often in children with special needs. This is often a part of their diagnosis. It is usually caused by a characteristic of their diagnosis and not necessarily directly caused by the diagnosis. For example, a non-verbal child with autism may tantrum when he wants a drink. …Continue reading →

Fine Motor Activities

A delay in development of fine motor skills can affect children for many years. It is important for young children to develop and improve their fine motor skills from a young age. The best way for young children to develop and improve their fine motor skills is through play and activities. A child will remain …Continue reading →

Gross Motor Activities

A delay in development of gross motor skills can affect children for many years. It is important for young children to continue to develop and improve their gross motor skills from a young age. Since gross motor skills involve the big muscles of the body, the best way for young children to develop and improve …Continue reading →

Daily Living Skills

Daily living skills or activities of daily living (ADL’s) are any anything we do to take care of ourselves and our environment. This includes leisure, work, self-care, and our home. Daily living skills are a crucial area of skills that should be taught starting at a young age. Many of the skills that we do …Continue reading →

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

Discrete trial training, or DTT, is one if not the most common form of teaching children with Autism. It is often confused for ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, but discrete trial training incorporates principles of ABA for success. There are several different aspects of DTT that allow for success for children with Autism. This is …Continue reading →

Token Board

What is a token board? A token board is a form of reinforcement that allows your child to go longer periods of time without tangible or edible reinforcement. Who can use a token board? Every child can learn to use a token board with proper training. What can the token board be used for? Anything …Continue reading →

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are usually described as small motor skills. Fine motor skills mostly involve skills using your hands, wrists, fingers, and arms. It also involves other small muscles of the mouth like the tongue and lips. Fine motor skills also involve the development of hand-eye coordination. Trouble with hand-eye coordination can also affect the …Continue reading →

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills, also known as large motor skills, involve the large motor muscles of the body. Skills considered to be gross motor skills involve walking, sitting, running, and ball skills. Gross motor skills also involve the ability to balance and our coordination. Individuals with poor gross motor skills are often considered clumsy. Individuals with …Continue reading →