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Learning More About ABA with Whitney @thespectrumcompass

Learning More About ABA with Whitney @thespectrumcompass

This week’s episode is an incredible conversation with Whitney Sarnowski. Whitney spent the first few years after graduating with her undergraduate degree - in special educations and a minor in primary education - teaching children with Autism. In her third year of teaching, she decided to pursue her ME.D with the end goal of becoming a BCBA. Whitney then gave birth to her son (now 3 years old) who was diagnosed with ASD. 

Whitney now uses her education and training to empower and educate parents on the fundamentals of early intervention and behavior principles. ABA can be a very controversial therapy and Whitney works very hard to break down the misconceptions and fears surrounding ABA, in order to help children and families feel safe and confident when accessing ABA for their child. 

Is it Sensory or Behavior? Our #1 Most Asked Question!

Is it Sensory or Behavior? Our #1 Most Asked Question!

If you struggle to identify your child’s negative actions as “sensory related” or “behavior related,” this episode is for you! A sensory related behavior will frequently manifest differently than a behavior related action - meaning the child’s sensory system is overloaded which causes them to have a meltdown. A behavior related action is typically related more to a want that the child has and that they will attempt to seek negative attention to achieve the want. If that’s not confusing enough, we as parents, caregivers, therapists, must approach each behavior differently in order to help and teach. Be ready to take some notes!