Unlocking The VB-MAPP: Expert Tips & Insights (Video)

About This Webinar

Typically the primary focus of an intervention program for children with autism should be on the development of effective language and social skills. There clearly are several other areas in need, such as self-care, visual motor skills, academics, fine and gross motor, etc., but language and social skills are typically the most significant deficits for children with autism. The failure to conduct appropriate assessment results in one of the biggest problems in programs that serve children with autism: An inappropriate curriculum. Our first task is to identify the existing skills of each child. Our next task is to identify the language, social, behavior, and learning barriers that are preventing more rapid learning. The VB-MAPP is a tool that is easy to use and will provide teachers, parents, and staff with the necessary information to develop an appropriate intervention program. The VB-MAPP is an assessment tool based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior and typical developmental milestones. This presentation will provide the attendee with an overview and an understanding of the importance of incorporating Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior into language assessment.

What Will You Learn

After this presentation the participant will:

  • Understand the importance of conducting a comprehensive skill-based language assessment based on Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior.
  • Learn how to create a curriculum, based on the results of the language assessment. Using the VB-MAPP as a Basis for a Verbal Behavior Curriculum for Children With Autism.
  • Understand the need to identify and reduce barriers that are preventing more rapid learning for the student.
  • Understand the importance of creating a curriculum that is appropriate for the student’s current repertoire.

About the Speaker

Carl Sundberg, pH.d., BCBA-D

Chief Clinician & Co-Founder @ Behavior Analysis Center for Autism

Carl Sundberg, Ph. D., BCBA-D, is the chief clinician and co-founder of the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism. He received his doctorate degree in ABA from Western Michigan University under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. While a graduate student, he taught behavior analysis at WMU for seven years. Dr. Sundberg has publications in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior, and the Journal for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), and Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP). Dr. Sundberg has over 30 years of experience using behavioral interventions to teach individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He oversees the training of all the staff at BACA and consistently spends time with the clients. Eighty percent of his time is spent contributing to the training of staff and addressing specific client programs.

Corporate Holiday Gifting While Supporting Autism Community

Corporate Holiday Gifting in 2021

It’s that time of the year again! The holiday season is officially here, and it’s a perfect time to get a head start on gifts for your clients and employees. While the traditional route may be to gift cookies, chocolates, wine, or general gift cards from major retailers, there are other ways you can get creative this year.

At Rethink, our tools empower BCBAs and RBTs to provide care to the autism community. That had us thinking, what if this year we take things a step further and consider purchasing from organizations that employ individuals with disabilities? By doing this, we are helping the adult autism community that creates employment opportunities. 

The best part is that you can do this too! We’re here to help you pick out some fun gifts for your business to send out this season to either clients or employees. These gifts are creative, show that you give back to worthy causes, and will make you feel good about the money you’re spending.

Businesses Hiring Employees With Autism

For this corporate gift guide, we’re going to introduce you to businesses that hire people who have autism. Some of the organizations listed were even founded by people who have autism, which is inspiring to see. By the time you finish reading, you’ll know more about each business’ history, what exactly they specialize in selling, and how they may be an option for your holiday gift this year.

Beloved Bath

Beloved Bath in Maplewood, NJ was founded by two mothers who each had sons with autism. After they each discovered their boys enjoyed relaxing salt and lavender baths, they got the idea to sell bath salts. This led to employing the boys, as they realized opportunities weren’t widely available to people with autism. 

They’ve since expanded their operation to sell candles, bar soaps, and autism awareness products.

The Chocolate Spectrum

The Chocolate Spectrum is a family owned business in Jupiter, FL that was founded by a mother and son, who is on the autism spectrum. Over the years, they’ve employed over 15 individuals who also have autism, and provided apprenticeships for adults and teens with disabilities. 

Whether you are looking for a box of chocolates, truffles, or chocolate pretzels, you can find some tasty treats here!

Ethan and the Bean

Ethan and the Bean in Little Falls, NJ is a non-profit coffee shop looking to increase the rate of employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. They provide a workplace where individuals can thrive as they develop new skills.

Besides a physical coffee shop that people can visit in Little Falls, they also sell coffee, gift boxes, and merchandise from their website, so people can show support and enjoy their product no matter where they live!

SMILE Biscotti

SMILE Biscotti was founded in Phoenix, AZ, but can be purchased in stores as far as New Jersey. It all started when Matt Resnick started his own bakery business after graduating from high school. Matt created SMILE, which stands for Supporting My Independent Living Enterprise, to help himself and others like him living with autism.

In addition to selling the product in stores, if you live near one that sells them, you can also purchase their biscotti directly from the SMILE website.

Popcorn for the People

Popcorn for the People is a non-profit organization proudly employing individuals with autism and other disabilities. When Samuel Bier, a 30-year-old with autism, spotted a popcorn shop for sale in East Brunswick, NJ, it changed everything for him. No longer were career options limited as he opened Popcorn for the People with his family!

Sam has appeared on various programs, including The Today Show, to share his journey and spread awareness of autism. If you’re looking to pre-order something for the holidays, their holiday tin is now available!

Make a Difference This Holiday Season

In summary, each of these five organizations sells unique items that your clients or employees would likely be happy to receive this holiday season. Soap, chocolate, coffee, biscotti, or popcorn don’t have to be the only gift you give them. Perhaps you can make a gift basket out of all of them all, or you can gift one with another item you already had in mind for this year.

What matters is that you support organizations that give back because there is no more important time of the year to do so than the holiday season. If you have questions regarding the employment of people with autism, and why this is as meaningful as we say, please reach out. We would be happy to discuss statistics and how organizations like these are making an impact. Thank you, and happy holidays from Rethink!

Best Practices for Implementing Rethink's Behavioral Health Products

Before implementing any major software solution, it’s important to invite key decisions makers and stakeholders to product demos. The main goal is to identify questions and concerns. Depending on the result of those responses, your team can make the best decision for your practice.

We are going to assume you’ve already done this and you are just starting the onboarding practice with Rethink. Below we’ve prepared a checklist that you can use during the implementation.

Readiness Checklist

  • Implementation Strategy:
    • Pilot–Trialing the Rethink platform to determine if it is a fit for your organization
      • Test the system with a purposeful selection of learners, staff, locations
    • Full Implementation–Adopting the Rethink platform into your organization
  • Identify key outcomes that will define what a successful implementation looks like
    • Be prepared to share any unique scenarios with your organization that may impact the implementation
    • Create a matrix of staff by job title and job responsibilities to aide in the creation of roles and permission with Rethink
      • For example RBT, Lead RBT, Student Analyst, BCBA, Senior BCBA, etc.
    • Create a plan to communicate to your staff about the transition to using Rethink and get buy-in
    • Plan for stopping the existing system: Overlap? Hard Stop Date?
  • Set realistic timelines to roll out the new software
    • Utilize the provided Rethink Implementation Plans to track agreed-upon benchmarks
    • Adopt a “train the trainer” model
    • Create internal training plans for new staff
  • Identify Internal Implementation Team Members
    • Implementation team members should have knowledge across departmental areas: Finance/Payroll, Compliance, HR, Clinical, billing.
    • Based on the size of the organization assign a Project Manager to oversee the implementation of multiple products or identify internal content area experts that will field all staff questions and reach out to communicate with Rethink’s Implementation Specialists.
  • Identify Rethink Team Members
    • Create a cheat sheet of the Rethink team members’ contact information to guide you in reaching out for assistance
  • Review the Rethink technical specification requirements prior to purchasing new devices
    • Identify if you will be purchasing devices for staff and if so what type