ACES

Autism Consulting and Educational Services

Lorin McGuire, MA, BCBA

Parent Resources

Children

" Lorin's warm, gentle approach to children and families has been a powerful influence for me as I work under her guidance with young children. She listens carefully, always balancing data and therapist feedback with the goals most valuable to the family. It has been a very rewarding pleasure to work towards the goals she outlines as I can clearly see them benefiting the child in his daily life. Lorin has also been very respectful and encouraging while pointing out areas where I can increase my student's success by fading back my involvement, switching a prompt from oral to visual, or by providing language to help encourage the child to alter their attempts. Under her guidance we've watched a sweet young boy move from resisting Yes/No questions to chatting and laughing with peers at school. Thanks to her cheerful and non-judgemental demeanor, Lorin is trusted by everyone on the team and at the child's school. I'm grateful for all that I have learned from Lorin and highly recommend her to other families looking for gentle, positive, clever guidance. "

- Erica, Behavioral Therapist

     As a parent of a child with autism, navigating through the enormous and rapidly growing amount of information available can be overwhelming. However, educating yourself about the disorder and appropriate intervention is the most powerful thing you can do as a parent. This list is intended to be a starting point for information on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis. Hopefully these resources will help you!

Books:

Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism

Sandra Harris, Ph.D. and Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA

     An overview of the importance of early intensive behavior intervention for young children with autism, including parent testimonials, a summary of different approaches, questions to ask about treatment, what to look for in the personnel providing services and curriculum considerations. Very easy to read--a great guide for parents!

Educating Children with Autism

National Research Council

     Experts in the field of autism summarize research and outline best practice guidelines for the education and treatment of children on the spectrum. The book is lengthy and more technical but particularly useful in preparation for IEPs and collaboration with school districts on the best program for children with autism.

Overcoming Autism

Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D. and Claire LaZebnik (mother of a child with autism)

     One of the researchers who developed Pivotal Response Training (PRT, a naturalistic ABA treatment approach) provides professional advice and a mother of a son with autism provides personal insight on concrete ways to start working on skills during everyday life. Easy to read and inspiring!

Websites:

Families for Effective Autism Treatment—North Texas (www.featnt.org)

     The local branch of a national parent support group. A great place to start for information, support and local services. They provide free or low fee trainings periodically, and there is an online bulletin board that may be helpful for finding therapists and other information.

Texas Autism Advocacy (www.texasautismadvocacy.org)

     A statewide advocacy group for parents and professionals in the autism community.

Behavior Analyst Certificatiod Board (www.bacb.org)

     The website of the national certification body for the field of Behavior Analysis. You can find the requirements for certification as well as search for BCBAs and BCABAs in your area. Please note that ABA is not just for autism, so this website does not have autism-related information.

BCBA=Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Master’s level certification
BCABA=Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst, a Bachelor’s level certification
From the site: "It is strongly recommended that a BCBA supervise the work of Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts (BCABA) and others who implement behavior analytic interventions."