FirstSteps for Kids Regional Clinic Director and Research Director to Present at the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis Conference

JT WABA FINALFirstSteps for Kids Research Director and Regional Clinic Director, Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is giving an invited address on FirstSteps research to a sold-out audience at the Washington Association for Behavior Analysis conference this Friday, August 12th, in Bellevue, Washington.

The title of Dr. Tarbox’s presentation is "Moving Beyond the Foundational Verbal Operants: Research on Complex Skills in Children with Autism.” The presentation describes the FirstSteps approach to doing research on complex skill acquisition and will showcase the latest results of ongoing projects, such as a program for teaching problem-solving skills to children with autism. 

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Airline Travel Tips

iStock 73952937 SMALLMost airlines offer early boarding for passengers traveling with children and/or those with special needs. But should you take advantage of it? Early boarding means more time in the seat waiting for the plane to take off and more passengers squeezing through the aisles with luggage, which could be quite aversive. Below are some helpful tips to consider regarding early boarding, as well as ideas on how to make your traveling time a bit easier and hopefully, a lot more fun. 

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Dr. Jennifer Harris Elected to CalABA Board of Directors

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FirstSteps congratulates all of the newly elected members of CalABA's Board of Directors, including our very own Dr. Jennifer Harris, who will be serving a second term. Please join us in supporting the new board members:  

  • President Elect  - Sarah Trautman-Eslinge
  • Conference Chair Elect - Adel Najdowsk
  • Public Policy Chair - Danny Shabani
  • Secretary - Greg Elsky
  • Northern CA Liaison - Sergio Pinto
  • Southern CA Liaison - Isaac Bermudez
  • Membership Chair - Marla Saltzamn

CalABA’s new Board members will officially begin their terms starting July 1, 2016.  

For more information on CalABA please visit

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Tips for Transitioning from School to Summer

haveagreatsummerThe school year has come to an end and it is now time for summer (and the related changes to the daily routine)! Whether your child struggles with routine changes or enjoys the break, we are happy to offer tips to help your family get ready for the transition to a fun and productive summer:

Start or stay focused on social skills. Summer is the perfect time to focus on socialization! As the school year has come to an end, summer provides a great time to target social skills with peers. Work on specific social skills by identifying the target skill, practicing the target skill, giving feedback to your child, providing lots of positive reinforcement, and then having a play date with a preferred peer! Remember that social opportunities can be fun yet structured. Plan out the play date with your child and focus on fun and preferred activities. Keep the play dates short so they end on a positive note!

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FirstSteps for Kids Regional Clinic Director and Research Director to Present Research on Teaching Problem-Solving Skills in Seattle

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 11.42.17 AMThis weekend, FirstSteps for Kids Regional Clinic Director and Director of Research, Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is attending the annual World Conference of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Tarbox will present results from an ongoing project on teaching children with autism problem-solving skills. The project, done in collaboration with fellow FirstSteppers Lisa Stoddard, MS, BCBA, Ashely Colis, MA, BCBA, Erica Christin, MA, BCBA, and Amanda Murry, involves teaching children with ASD the critical executive function skills involved in identifying problems, generating potential solutions, and then choosing, executing, and self-monitoring solutions. Initial results are encouraging, with children demonstrating new levels of flexibility, creativity, and independence.

For more information, please visit the conference website

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