Posts by Cassy Davis

How to Use a Token Economy at Home

A token economy is a behavior change system in which children earn “tokens” for engaging in a specific list of target behaviors. The tokens can then be traded in for preferred reinforcers, such as your child’s favorite activity, item, or edible. According to John O. Cooper, “Effectiveness depends to a large extent on the effectiveness…

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Once Upon a Social Story

Many children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder often have deficits related to critical social communication skills. Critical social communication skills include joint attention, social reciprocity, social cognition, language and related cognitive skills, as well as behavior and emotional regulation.   According to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: Deficits related to joint attention include: -Impaired monitoring of social…

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Contingency Contract

Recently I wrote an article, “How to Use a Token Economy at Home.” A token economy is a behavior management strategy used to increase target behavior and decrease unwanted behaviors. Typically, at the clinic we use token boards with our younger children. One behavior management strategy used to increase target behavior and decrease unwanted behaviors…

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Teaching “Non-verbal” Children Communication Skills

Many children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder have deficits related to language and functional communication. Children with autism often have difficulty using expressive language to tell others their wants and needs. When they are unable to express what they want or need it can lead to the child becoming frustrated or engaging…

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