ABA Training

Behavior Terms

Video modeling


  1. Learn all you can about autism
  2. Get a strong social network
  3. Teach your family and friends about autism
  4. Review to recommended autism treatment options
  5. Learn more about behavioral training
  6. Assess your child’s need for medical support and needs
  7. Learn more about diet changes
  8. Use caution with unproven therapies for Autism
  9. Plan time for breaks


  1. Use Task Analysis –very specific, tasks in sequential order.
  2. Always keep your language simple and concrete.
  3. Teach specific social rules/skills, such as turn-taking and social distance.
  4. Give very clear choices and try not to leave choices open ended. You’re bound to get a better
  5. result by asking “Do you want to read or draw?” than by asking “What do you want to do now?”
  6. Give simple instructions and support needed for completion.
  7. Avoid using idioms. “Put your thinking caps on”, “Open your ears” and “Zipper your lips”
  8. Providing a very clear structure and a set daily routine including time for play).
  9. Teaching what “finished” means and helping the student to identify when something has finished and something different has started.
  10. Providing warning of any impending change of routine, or switch of activity.
  11. Make eye contact first and go to child’s level.
  12. Using various means of presentation – visual, physical guidance, peer modeling, etc.
  13. Recognizing that some change in manner or behavior may reflect anxiety (which may be triggered by
  14. Not taking apparently rude or aggressive behavior personally; and recognizing that the target for the pupil’s anger may be unrelated to the source of that anger.
  15. Avoid overstimulation and provide breaks. Minimizing/removal of distracters, or providing access to an individual work area or booth, when a task involving concentration is set.
  16. Allowing some access to obsessive behavior as a reward for positive efforts.