Author: Janine Shapiro, CCC-SLP, BCBA

Teaching Repetition to Unlock Language

Several years ago I had the privilege of writing part of a chapter in a communication, behavior, and functional skills assessment and curriculum tool titled Essential for Living.  My goal when developing my contribution was to figure out how practitioners and parents, with little to no knowledge about speech and language development or therapy, could … more »

Language Therapy: The Case Against Carrier Phrases

I’ve recently written about the importance of teaching children requests as “first words” rather than animals, letters, numbers, or colors.  I’ve also been discussing the importance of avoiding general requests and social niceties.  For example, don’t teach the word “more” and refrain from prompting children to say “please” too early.  The list of “don’ts” continues … more »

Language Therapy: The Case Against the Word “Please”

In my last blog post, I discussed the reasons why it’s best to avoid teaching the word “more” as a first word.  Now, I’d like to make a case against the word “please.”  I’ve seen some practitioners teach “please” as a first word, and when this occurs, the pitfalls are largely the same as teaching … more »

First Words: The Case Against Teaching the Word “More”

When a parent tells me that their child has limited language, but has learned one word/sign, in my head, I say it in unison with the parent, “more.”  This is typically the “go to” first word or sign that speech-language pathologists and developmental therapists teach.  In fact, it’s the first word I taught before I … more »

Language Therapy: Where to Start?

The holy grail of language therapy goals is conversational language.  Parents understandably want to be able to ask their children about their day at school and for their children to tell them in return about the book read in library class or the game played during P.E.  I share in this goal with parents, and … more »

Applying ABA Therapy Beyond Autism

Those of us trained in Applied Behavior Analysis know how this therapy method can help all kids with disabilities — as well as those without a disability. Unfortunately, most of the funding and press for ABA only focuses on autism when so many more children would benefit from integrating ABA into their therapy regimen. That’s … more »

Meet Haley: Access’ Superhero Artist

Haley Babcock creates all of the beautiful and bright art that adorns the walls at Access Behavior Analysis. She combines her lifelong passion for painting with her experience working with children to bring the artwork to life. Her words below speak to what makes Haley special and why she represents our core belief that human … more »

The Myths I Believed About ABA Therapy

by Janine Shapiro, Co-Clinical Director of Access Behavior Analysis   As the first dually certified speech-language pathologist and behavior analyst in Indiana, I fully believe in the power of fusing speech, language, social, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sciences together for a more effective treatment. But I haven’t always been a proponent of ABA. Early … more »

Featured in Indy Kids Directory

  When Kim and Jay Brant of Indianapolis went for their 30-week ultrasound, the doctor delivered devastating news. Their son, Bowen, had massive tumors in his heart — a hallmark sign he would be born with the rare genetic disease tuberous sclerosis, which causes benign tumors to grow on vital organs. Once born, the tumors … more »