Applied Behavior Analysis is an individualized, incrementally applied program for individuals with autism and other special needs. ABA utilizes repetition, consistency and reward to improve communication and learning abilities.
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Learning differences for those with difficulty focusing bodies and/or minds in a typical educational environment.
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Differences in the brain’s chemical or physical composition that impedes one’s ability to interact with the world.
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A Board Certified Behavior Analyst writes and supervises individual Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs.
A computer fitted with special software that facilitates verbal interaction. Interchangeably referred to as a “talker” or “words.”
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Socially expected interaction in which individuals look into one another’s eyes to demonstrate interest and attention.
Ear covers that dull the noisy edges for individuals overwhelmed by excess sound. Facilitates the ability to tune in to selected output.
The ability to sense physical urges, for example, hunger, thirst, need to eliminate.
Softer than “kid” and more respectful than “child.” Nicer than “youth” and more personal than “individual.” Special Needs Educators, therapists and others in the field often use this kinder, gentler term to refer to young charges.
Sometimes frightening, potentially dangerous physical/mental loss of control. May begin as a tantrum, ignored need, overstimulation or virtually any other unmanaged situation but spirals into a cause-less stimulus overload.
Refers to the brain’s ability to grow new cells and establish new neural pathways.
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To assume in all situations and despite appearances to the contrary that every individual has the capacity to succeed.
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The ability to track the body’s position in space, recognize stimuli and respond by appropriately contracting muscles and joints.
Verbal and/or physical repetition produced for pleasure, communication or as part of a frustration response. May be phrases/movements from movies, books or people and may or may not be intended to relay meaning.
Physical harm afflicted to one’s self. May occur for pleasure, communication or as part of a frustration response.
Overstimulation that occurs when input to the senses exceeds the body’s processing capability.
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A body’s inability to effectively digest sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, plus other senses, including, but not limited to, recognizing where the body is in space and identifying physical requirements like the need to eat or eliminate.
Acronym for Spontaneous Novel Utterance Generation refers to an individual’s ability to create meaningful language without assistance.
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Annual benefit race that provides Communication Devices to special needs individuals.
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Any physical, educational, social, medical, occupational or other capability that, when lacking, impedes an individual's ability to interact with the world in a meaningful way.
Continuum of physical and mental competencies arranged from least able to most skilled and includes everyone everywhere. Like a prism of infinite hues, capacities intersect, diverge, refract and swell in an ever-changing conundrum of potential combinations.
Calming pressure applied in an organized and/or patterned manner. May help those with proprioceptive and sensory challenges calm and focus body and mind.
Repetitive verbal or physical movements used to calm or ease internal tension.
Cause-based outburst of anger and/or frustration.
A change in activity or state of being, whether unique or mundane.
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A child who meets developmental milestones at expected times.
Sensory system involving the inner ear which affects one’s ability to coordinate movement with balance.