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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FirstSteps to Present at ABAI In Chicago


FirstSteps for Kids, Inc. is proud to present at the 42nd Annual Convention for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) in Chicago, Illinois. 


We would love to see you at one our presentations at ABAI. Join us at any or all of the following symposia:



Sunday, May 29TH 

Using Synchronized Reinforcement Procedure to Increase Eye Contact in Infants at Risk of Developmental Disorders

Jacquelyn Mery (California State University, Northridge/FirstSteps for Kids), Martha Pelaez (Florida International University), Jonathan J. Tarbox (FirstSteps for Kids), Hayley Neimy (Shabani Institute - Center for Behavior Analysis & Language Development), Katerina Monlux (California State University, Northridge) 

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Dr. Jonathan Tarbox to Present at Arizona Autism Conference

event042716Dr. Jonathan Tarbox to Present FirstSteps Research on Executive Function and Feeding Disorders at Arizona Autism Conference

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, Director of Research and Regional Clinic Director at FirstSteps for Kids, is giving invited presentations at the Arizona Autism United Transdisciplinary Autism Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, April 29th.

Dr. Tarbox’s presentation, “Complex Skill Acquisition for Children with Autism,” will review recent research as well as present data from ongoing FirstSteps research projects on teaching complex executive function and perspective taking skills to children with autism. The presentation will review procedures for teaching a wide variety of skills, including attention, working memory, self-management, inhibition, and problem-solving.

Dr. Tarbox’s presentation, "How to Get Your Picky Eater to Love Eating a Healthy Variety of Foods,” provides real life strategies for parents to address picky eating in their children.

For more information, visit the conference website at

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