Following your Child’s Motivations

Following your Child’s Motivations

Motivating operations (MO) are determined by how valuable the reinforcer is. Essentially the MO is what controls the behavior, and the motivation can always change from moment to moment. What is valuable to you in the morning can change in the afternoon.  ...

Punishment vs Reinforcement

Punishment vs Reinforcement

When it comes to the words reinforcement and punishment, most people share similar ideas about what these terms mean. For instance, most think reinforcement might entail someone getting a toy for making an A in math. On the contrary, punishment might involve someone...

Identifying and Understanding Reinforcement in The Home

Identifying and Understanding Reinforcement in The Home

What is Reinforcement?   One of the primary foundations of applied behavior analysis is the concept of reinforcement. Many of us have an idea of what reinforcement is or what it looks like but from an ABA perspective, reinforcement is anything that increases a...

Tips For Making Friends For Special Needs Kids

Tips For Making Friends For Special Needs Kids

Does your child struggle to form friendships?   Our therapists tell me many of our parents are concerned that their children don’t have friends. It’s true that many of our kids struggle with social skills. They are often less mature than their age mates, and that...

Tips For Changing Schools For Special Needs Students

Tips For Changing Schools For Special Needs Students

We are right around the corner for a lot of things. One of those things is the most popular time for changing schools.   Typically many school changes happen when people move over the summer. We know that moving gets much more complicated as the child gets older...

Thanksgiving Tips For Special Needs Kids 2021 Edition

Thanksgiving Tips For Special Needs Kids 2021 Edition

We are quickly coming up on Thanksgiving! We are already doing some baking in our kitchen. Some of our kiddos have made delicious apple pies!   Many parents have been asking us what Thanksgiving is going to look like this year. We are still not entirely sure....

Why Taking ABC Data is Important

Why Taking ABC Data is Important

ABC data is a recording of what is happening Before, During, and After the behavior. In a clinical setting, we are constantly taking ABC data on clients’ behaviors to determine the function of the behavior so we can appropriately determine the intervention strategy....

The Real Reasons Why Kids Melt Down

The Real Reasons Why Kids Melt Down

Often parents ask us what to do when their child falls to the floor and starts screaming, or throws a fit in public.   We have some great tips for this! But before we can tell you what to do, we have to look at why they are doing it. There are 4 reasons a person...

The Importance Of Our Multidisciplinary Team

The Importance Of Our Multidisciplinary Team

Here at Cutting Edge, we work as a multidisciplinary team. In fact, this is a core principle of what we do. What That Means   This means we take all the disciplines that we offer here (speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ABA services, and counseling)...

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