9 Types of People Who Should Apply for an Entry-Level ABA Job
Sparks Family Resources Blog
by AST
13h ago
Looking for an entry-level yet meaningful and growth-oriented job? Like many, you may not know about the growing field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), a therapy based on science—and used to help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn and grow. The entry-level position for ABA is called a behavior technician, and most jobs require no prior experience. What does a behavior tech do? As a behavior tech, you would work one-on-one with children and young adults with autism to help them build skills and become more independent. You would also be part of a team of clinicians and caregiv ..read more
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The Silent Battle: Caregiver Mental Health in the Realm of Autism
Sparks ABA
by AST
1M ago
In the quiet corners of countless homes, a silent battle is being waged every single day. It’s not fought with weapons or on a battlefield. It’s fought within the hearts and minds of caregivers for those with profound autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The mental health challenges these caregivers face are often overlooked. However, some studies say they’re as intense and real as those that war veterans or caregivers for terminally ill children face. The Unexpected Battlefield Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are increasingly common for mothers of ch ..read more
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Navigating Mental Health in Today’s Workforce: A LEARN Behavioral Perspective
Sparks ABA
by AST
1M ago
By Maggie Ruvoldt, Chief Human Resources Officer In our rapidly evolving world, the nature of work has transformed dramatically. In the past few years, prioritizing mental health and destigmatizing conversations around support have brought about progress. This shift has brought to light the critical issue of mental health in the workplace, particularly for those in high-stress professions like ours at LEARN Behavioral. As Chief Human Resources Officer at LEARN, I’ve seen firsthand the emotional and physical toll this noble profession can take on our staff, including behavioral analy ..read more
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Why Early Diagnosis of Autism Matters: A Deeper Dive
Sparks ABA
by AST
2M ago
By Jocelyn Thompson, LCSW, BCBA, vice president of clinical services at LEARN Behavioral Many misunderstandings exist about autism. However, science confirms that early diagnosis is essential. Studies show that kids diagnosed with autism from age 2 to 4 often have slow speech development, lack age-appropriate play and social skills, and avoid eye contact. With early and intensive behavioral intervention, they can improve in all skill areas. Research suggests that children diagnosed in early childhood and participate in early intervention have optimal outcomes. What we know already is that ear ..read more
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Advocating for Your Family and Good, Contemporary ABA With Arfa Alam
Sparks ABA
by AST
2M ago
Arfa Alam is a senior manager at the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit that envisions a dynamic and innovative federal government that effectively serves our diverse nation. Prior to joining the Partnership, Arfa performed labor human rights and social responsibility work in more than 40 countries in both the public and private sectors. Arfa joins us to share her experience and deep conviction for the appropriate care, and rights for all. She is the proud mother, wife, and sister of disabled and differently-abled individuals, including her two autistic sons, her husb ..read more
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Recognizing Autism Symptoms: How to Spot Early Signs
Sparks ABA
by AST
3M ago
By Sabrina Daneshvar, Ph.D., BCBA-D, senior vice president of clinical services at LEARN Behavioral Recognizing Autism Symptoms: How to Spot Early Signs Autism isn’t always easy to spot. It’s a complex neurological and developmental disorder. It often shows up in early childhood and affects how a person interacts with others, communicates, and learns.  Since symptoms of autism vary so widely from person to person, it can be challenging to diagnose.  Recognizing early signs can be vital to getting help. If you suspect your child may be on the autism spectrum, talk to your pediatricia ..read more
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What Causes Autism? Understanding the Latest Research
Sparks ABA
by AST
3M ago
Hanna Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D, chief clinical officer What does science say about what causes autism? The latest research indicates that a combination of genetic and environmental factors likely causes it. There’s no simple answer, and scientists are still trying to develop better ones. “What caused my child’s autism? Was I to blame?” As David G. Amaral, Ph.D., a psychiatry and behavioral sciences professor at the University of California Davis wrote in 2017 in the journal Cerebrum, “Autism research has made tremendous progress over the last 20 years, but yet we still can’t provide definitive answ ..read more
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The Autism Diagnosis Process: What to Expect
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by AST
3M ago
When it comes to parenting, the unknown can be one of the hardest parts. Worries creep in if you suspect something’s wrong with your child’s development. If you think your child may be showing signs of autism, there’s no guidebook to tell you what to do next. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed. The process gets easier when you know what to expect. If you’ve found your way to this post, you’ve likely taken the first step: questioning whether your child shows signs of autism. Recognizing this possibility is a significant and sometimes challenging move. Rest assured, you’re not alone. This guide i ..read more
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Shaping the Future: Influential Women in Autism and ABA Therapy
Sparks ABA
by AST
4M ago
March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women in all walks of life. In the area of autism and contemporary applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy, many women have made a lasting mark. They’ve broken barriers. They’ve conducted significant research, and they’ve paved the way for better understanding and treatment of autism.   Today, we spotlight seven women who have shown us what it means to lead with passion, dedication, and commitment. They are making a difference, and their work continues to inspire future generations of women in the field. 1. T ..read more
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The Benefits of Summer Social Skills Programs for Kids with Autism
Sparks ABA
by AST
5M ago
Even though the school year is still in full swing, it’s not too early to think about how you’re going to fill your summer schedule. For parents of children on the autism spectrum, planning for summer involves more than just vacations and relaxation. You want your child to continue to make progress even during a school break. When regular routines and structured learning environments pause for the summer, children with autism can be at risk of not maintaining skills. They might lose social skills, behavior improvements, and communication. This loss can mean that skills learned over the school ..read more
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