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Using ATS as an Online Textbook in a University Course Setting for Special Education or Behavior Analysis

January 4, 2013


Did you know……

  • Did you know that it is being used in Ball State University, Western Michigan University, University of North Texas, Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), St. Joseph’s University and more! 
  • Did you know you can use ATS to teach your students Autism 101 and ABA 101 concepts, and then use your time to help your students with more real-life practical application of situations they are encountering in their classrooms?
  • Did you know that professors use ATS to teach their courses in special education or behavior analysis or speech pathology or school psychology or other related courses?
  • Did you know that ATS will assist professors in aligning the syllabus with our videos and content?
  • Did you know that there is no cost for university professors to use ATS in their coursework?
  • Did you know you can teach your students using ATS and save time to free you up to spend more time to teach more advanced concepts or other projects and group discussion?
  • Did you know that you can use the Dashboard to monitor your student’s progress on their completion of video lessons you have assigned?
  • Did you know that you can also monitor which concepts each student is having trouble with by using the Dashboard?
  • Did you know that ATS was created and reviewed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts?
  • Did you know you can use ATS to teach your students Autism 101 and ABA 101 concepts, and then use your time to help your students with more real-life practical application of situations they are encountering in their classrooms?
  • Did you know that the curriculum is aligned with the National Autism Center (NAC) and the BACB task list?
  • Did you know that you can get FREE CEUs on ATS?
  • Did you know that Autism Training Solutions (ATS) has over 2000 video clips and over 40 hours of video based training in evidence based teaching procedures for Autism?
  • Did you know that ATS videos feature REAL kids, REAL families, REAL behavior interventions, and REAL teachers in it’s videos?
  • Did you know that for every hour of video you see, it required 100 hours of video production to create?
  • Did you know that you can get graduate school credit on ATS?

These are just a few of the things that we want university professors to know more about ATS…….


Professor Benefits of Using ATS

  • Choose from 1,000+ video clips to teach instructional examples during lecture
  • Assign interactive, online homework assignments
  • Reduce grading time – Student progress and grades are scored automatically
  • Receive reports on student strengths and weaknesses to help guide class discussions and future lectures
  • Engage more students through video
  • Access hardcopy instructors manual

Student Benefits of Using ATS

  • Real-life classroom and clinical teaching examples available through video
  • Extended access option – college duration or professional plan for continued learning throughout college and in the field
  • Better preparation for life after graduation, and life in the classroom
  • Enjoyment of watching real life teaching scenarios in the natural environment
  • Learn through multiple exemplars

Some professors use ATS as a text book ad on, use it as blended learning, to compliment their coursework. Some professors enjoy the built in pre and post assessment tools, the ability to monitor their student progress on the videos they have assigned, and also to analyse which content they are having difficulty understanding, so that they can supplement those concepts with additional teaching. The professors that are using ATS is  a HUGE time-saver, because the content is appropriately sequenced, no matter if it is a class on autism, or interventions for autism, and the accountability features, as students know their professors know how much they have completed of the assigned videos!  Also, the media and videos are already done for you to illustrate the concepts you are teaching!


Through thousands of video clips and 40+ hours of structured video-based lessons, students will get to see firsthand the situations that await them in the special education classroom or clinical setting. Not only can they view real life examples from different age groups, they watch evidence-based behavior and teaching procedures being used correctly with students across severity levels (e.g., mild, moderate and severe). Professors receive free access to all videos for use in their lectures.

All professors utilizing ATS will receive a free online access to an instructors manual This manual contains all the information needed to facilitate your course, including test banks, face-to-face activities, key terms and concepts, and video reviews.


Check it out! See how you could use it to supplement your university coursework! 

Our video content aligns nicely with these undergraduate and graduate courses:

  • Foundations of Positive Behavioral Support
  • Classroom Management
Language of Children With and Without Disabilities
  • Advanced Early Childhood Intervention
  • Assessment Practices in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Teaching Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Teaching Individuals with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Assessment of Individuals with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Challenging Behavior and Developmental Disabilities
  • Teaching Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Practicum in Special Education
  • Advances in the Understanding and Treatment of Autism
  • Introduction to Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders
  • Foundations of Positive Behavior Support
  • Characteristics of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities: Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, and Mild Mental Retardation
  • Applied Behavioral Programming
  • Instructional Planning and Management in Special Education
  • Spoken and Written Language: Methods for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Behavior Management Strategies in Special Education

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To what degree is your school implementing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)?

February 9, 2012

The word Positive in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) encapsulates the whole purpose and aim of PBIS in schools.

Past behavior management models lacked effectiveness because they were –
·    Reactive
·    Focused on punishment
·    Poorly implemented
Through PBIS, team members can take a proactive approach. They can reduce problem behaviors by making pro-social and pro-learning behaviors easy and rewarding for both teachers and students. Thus, teaching positive behavior as relentlessly as we teach reading or other academic content is the ultimate act of prevention, promise, and power underlying PBIS (Algozzine, Wang & Violette, 2011).
Although PBIS is an evidenced-based intervention, it is not a curriculum. PBIS is a framework for ensuring that all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavior package possible.
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Launching into 2012!

January 23, 2012

We are twenty-three days into the New Year and we are off to a great start! Our goals are set and motivation is high! Over the last year we have spoken to our clients as well as experts in the industry and, although our goal was to train others, they taught us as well.

Through knowledge gained from our clients, we have launched a free resources section to our site that highlights best practices for schools, universities and service providers. Our end goal – to support you and your organization’s needs.

Free resources will be published through an ongoing series of-

The resource section is something we are all excited about and we want to know what you think!

Do you have ideas for upcoming research, interviews, webinars, surveys, case studies or videos?  We want to hear them! Email us

The Impact of Autism on Families

September 10, 2010

Autism does not only affect the individuals with the diagnosis, it has a profound impact on their families as well. Families usually are not prepared for the diagnosis of autism. It changes the direction of a family’s life, in ways that they could never imagine.

Some common challenges for  families include:

Strain on the Marraige. One parent may be in denial that their is anything wrong while the other is out aggressively looking for treatments and getting little support from their spouse.
Siblings. Taking care of and balancing attention with siblings of the individual with autism. The effects of having a sibling with autism can be very stressful for families for a number of reasons. The child with autism may be aggressive towards his siblings. Or it could just be having to develop a relationship with a sibling where the siblings do not have anything in common, or can’t communicate with each other as typical siblings do. Many will need support in learning how to interact with their autistic brother or sister.

Recreation and Quality of Life. Some families hesitate to take part in leisure activities such as the beach, and community outings like the grocery store, due to the embarrassing behaviors that have become part of daily life.

Responsibility. Families also have many new responsibilities and appointments they have to juggle. Parents may get overwhelmed with all of the new information that they have to learn, and choices they have to make. Some people refer to autism as a puzzle, and for families, it is like putting the many pieces of the puzzle of autism together. And sometimes the pieces do not fit together so easily.

Being sensitive to all of these issues when working with a family is important.  Often times we, as professionals, forget that after we work with the individual, we hand them back over to their parents and return to our lives.  The parents continue to care for the individual 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  These individuals will only be temporarily part of our lives. For families who have individuals with autism, the person is a part of their life forever. These families love and care for their family member with autism but the weight of the responsibility and challenges, is often overwhelming for some.

If you have not found out already, the love a family has for their children overcomes many of the challenges they face, and many families do find hope and acceptance of the differences. Many learn to embrace them.

Parent Training for Parents of Typically Developing Kids Too?

May 17, 2010

It has been a few months since our last BLOG, but we are back! We have been working hard on the ATS website, added content, and Facebook presence. I wanted to share a recent event that was very meaningful for us.

We recently did a parent training for parents of typically developing preschoolers (at my daughter’s preschool). We titled the training, the ABCs of Behavioral Parenting. We had about 25 parents and teachers attend this event. We started the training by talking about ABA, what it is, and how it is useful not only for teaching children with ASD, but as a way of life. Many parents had their own stories to share, one about not being able to get a full night’s sleep because her 4-year-old daughter would wake up at least 5 times per night. Another shared about her twins and their non compliance. Other’s shared frustrations about being at the park and not being able to get their child to share, listen or the like.
Their issues were not polarized much from some of the issues we deal with in the world of ASD. What was really most memorable was watching the faces of the parents in the audience as we taught them the 4 “functions” of behavior, and how to analyse “why” their child was doing the behavior first, and then to come back next time to learn how to plan to address it. These parents and teachers were empowered with the knowledge that behavior analysts have, and voiced their thanks to us over and over.

The environment has the answers. We just have to analyse the environment to find out why the child is using that specific behavior to get his or her needs met. Usually functional communication training, or mand training will solve many of these parents issues. It was a pleasure to do this training pro bono for the school, and we look forward to doing more work with them in the future!

Let us know what your training needs are? Are you a parent? Professional? Share your “roadblocks” or “speedbumps” in the training process of your staff or team! WE love hearing from you!

Reinforcement Ideas~ The last of em!

March 8, 2010
  1. Cornstarch! Play with cornstarch and water. It makes a terrific tactile effect.
  2. Musical Chairs! Play musical chairs, marching, or silly dancing and then FREEZE when the music stops. Be impressed by the child’s frozen poses.
  3. Magic Tricks! Pull a candy out of the child’s ear. Transfer a reinforcer magically from one hand to another closed fist (the child doesn’t know you had it there already). Or even into a sealed container (where it already was).
  4. The Glomulator! Draw buttons on paper, have him press one – it makes you “glom” (make something up!) press another one, you stop, another, you hop. The child never knows quite what will happen.
  5. Horsy Ride! Ride the child on your back while you crawl on all fours. Be sure to vibrate the child. Try a bucking bronco ride, or just a very gentle ride.
  6. Echo Cup! Blow or say silly things into a cup to hear the echo.
  7. Why Are You Stomping! Hold the child’s ankles and gently stomp their feet on the floor. Or stomp onto your feet, and complain, “Ouch!”
  8. Pavarotti! Sing lines of a favorite song, especially with a bombastic silly voice.
  9. Earthquake! Shake the child’s chair like an earthquake.
  10. Creep-a-Mousey! Crawl a “mouse” hand up the child’s leg, tummy, and arm and then quickly tickle them under the chin while making sounds that indicate, “I’m coming to get you…”
  11. Massage! Practice gentle or pressure massage the way the child likes it.
  12. Train Ride! Line up the chairs, one behind the other and go for a train ride. Who’s the engineer? Who’s in the caboose?
  13. Go Swimming! Manipulate the child’s arms and legs so they are “swimming” or doing a “cheer”.
  14. Blast Off! Turn the chair into a “rocket” which lifts off after a countdown.
  15. Musical Bounces! Sing silly songs while you bounce the child on your knee.
  16. Singing Your Song! Sing songs using the child’s name within the song. Imitate a favorite character as you sing.
  17. Puppet Nibbles! Use a puppet to nibble on toes and fingers.
  18. Secret Joke! Whisper something silly in the ear.
  19. Eskimo Kisses! Rub noses with the child or on their cheek gently.
  20. Human Broom! Hang the child upside down and pretend that they are a broom.
  21. I’m a Real Character! Imitate lines and characters from the child’s favorite movies or cartoons, i.e. Pumba saying, “Hakuna matata,” Donald Duck saying, “That was just wonderful,” or Curly saying, “I’m trying to think but nothing’s happening!”
  22. Kissing Machine! Have the child push an imaginary button to turn on a “kissing machine.”
  23. Chase! Play chase games, especially when on the way outside or to a favorite activity.
  24. Jack-in-the-Box! Crawl into a large box and pretend to be “jack-in-the-box.” “Pop goes the weasel” is a great song for this.
  25. Lady and the Tramp! Suck strands of spaghetti quickly into your mouth.
  26. The Big Sneeze! Fake a long build up into an exaggerated sneeze.
  27. Commando Attack! Plan a commando attack on Dad. Sneak up and throw water at him.
  28. The Pokemon Polka! Dance to Weird Al’s Pokemon Polka. Try to sing as fast as he does.
  29. Rubba Ribs! Tickle the child’s ribs by rubbing your knuckles on them. Say, “Here comes the big one! Rubba Ribs!”
  30. Domino Disaster! Set up a domino chain to knock over.
  31. Balloon Chase! Blow up ten balloons and chase them all around the room simultaneously, with lots of laughter.
  32. Calling Daddy! Call Dad for praise on an intercom or walkie-talkie.
  33. Nesting Rewards! Place a treat inside multiple nesting boxes and lift each as a reinforcer.
  34. Adjective Search! Teach colors or other adjectives by hiding a reinforcer under one of many colored boxes. Tell the child, “It is under the “red” one, for example. In this way, the child is motivated to find the correct color to find the reinforcer more quickly. This works for other adjectives as well.
  35. Hide and Seek! Have someone hide and go find them. They can leap out to “scare” the child.
  36. It Wasn’t Me! Simulate the sound of passing gas, and act embarrassed.
  37. Go Ahead and Get It! Cut two holes in each end of a box. “Secretly” put one hand in the box. Then drop a reinforcer in the box with your other. Let the child reach in to get it, but grab their hand when they do.
  38. I’ve got ya! Trap the child in your legs and let them struggle to get out.
  39. Jumping Animal! Squeeze a wet foam animal tightly into your hand and open it to let it spring out to the child.
  40. Pan Parade! Hold a parade with pots and pans.
  41. Garden Hose Surprise! Spray Dad outside with a garden hose for each correct trial. Go outside to do the trials.
  42. Dryer Time! Have child sit on the dryer while it is running.
  43. It’s Coming Baack! Hang a soft toy from a long rope and let the child hit it away from them. “It’s coming baaack!”
  44. Dancing to Ernie! Get a mechanical musical toy (Ernie, or the fish, or the sunflower) and dance to its song.
  45. Chattering Teeth! Get chattering mechanical teeth and throw them on the table by surprise.
  46. Watch it Go! Set up a remote control car and tell the child to “look at the car.” When they look, turn it on to reinforce compliant eye contact. When they turn away, stop the car, and repeat the instruction to turn it on again.
  47. Get Her! Tie a stuffed animal to a string and place it on the table. Let the child race you to grab it before you yank it off the table and vice-versa.
  48. What’s So Funny! Find a suction toy that will stick to your forehead.
  49. I’m Batman! Give praise while wearing a new mask.
  50. Bombs Away! Drop water balloons from the second story.
  51. Hula Dad! Have Dad dress up in a grass skirt and lei’s and dance the hula for the child.
  52. The Limbo! Set a broom handle across two chairs and do the limbo to Caribbean music.
  53. Ham It Up! Do your favorite silly actions and noises from your childhood

Have fun and most of all, be creative!

Reinforcement Ideas~ THE 2nd 50

March 8, 2010
We are posting over 100 ideas for reinforcement! This is the 2nd set of 50 ideas~!
  1. Banana Ears! Say, “Ohhhhh, you want a (food) in your ear?” “Nooooooo.” “In your nose?” “Noooo.” “On your head?” “Nooooo.” “Oh, in your mouth!” In an unpredictable fashion.
  2. Mr. Froggy! Put the child on your lap and say, “Mr. Froggy’s sitting on a rock, along comes (therapist), and the Froggy goes “kerplop!” Throw the child on couch or beanbag chair. (Or let the child fall through your legs).
  3. Thumb Wrestle! Thumb wrestle by hooking fingers together with the child, with your thumbs on top. See who can trap the other person’s thumb. Do it with both thumbs sticking out a large, stretched-out sock, or through a cardboard wrestling ring.
  4. Puppet Teacher! Have a stuffed puppet praise and tickle the child. Have the puppet give the instructions.
  5. Mandy! Sing Barry Manilow songs with either a good or an outrageously bad voice.
  6. Funky Dancing! Sing and dance to really funky songs. Hold the child in your arms, or on your feet.
  7. Cookie Monster Praise! Practice your imitations of kid show actors, such as Barney, Goofy, or Cookie Monster. Give praise in their voices.
  8. There’s a Monster at the End of This Book! Play with the Sesame Street Book, “There is a monster at the end of this book.” Ham up the Grover parts. Use each page as a reinforcer.
  9. Blow Raspberry’s! Give Raspberry’s (blowing and making noises) to the belly or fake tickles kissed to the ticklish part of the neck.
  10. Hair Torture! Lay the child down and gently sweep your hair over their face with “oh, no” or whatever to let them know it is coming.
  11. Pillow Fight! Have pillow fights.
  12. Let Me Draw! Try to draw on paper with the child pushing your hand to wreck the picture.
  13. Motor Cycle Racer! Put the child on your lap, facing away from you, for a motorcycle ride. Use your fists as handlebars and rev up. Go around curves by leaning the child left or right with all important motorcycle sounds. Then crash!
  14. Monster Palm! Draw a monster on your palm. Use the other hand to hold the wrist of monster palm so it can’t get you. However, we all know monster palm is stronger. Elicit the child’s help to get rid of monster palm.
  15. Feed Me! Have the child feed you. Will he smear you?
  16. Shall We Dance! Sing, “shall we dance” from the King and I with the Tango, where you hold the child cheek-to-cheek, then walk one way, then turn your body and cheeks and walk the other way. Freeze and play up the anticipation of lunging to “Shalala… Weeeee… DANCE! Dum Dum Dum!
  17. It’s Time to Mambo! Do the “Mambo,” with your best John Candy imitation. Head upstairs to get Dad in on the dance. Dance a chain through the house to get Mom and siblings into it.
  18. I’m Trying to Talk But Nothing’s Happening! Put tape over your mouth and try to talk – or pretend you’re trying to keep your hand from covering your mouth but can’t.
  19. Macarena! Dance the Macarena. Learn all the moves in gross-motor imitation and build it together.
  20. Who Let the Dogs Out! Sing, “Who let the dogs out?” with exaggerated arm motions.
  21. Media Player! Work with the computer on, and Microsoft Media Player turned on. Set it to a song or punch line that the child likes to hear, and click start to play it while the child watches the light show.
  22. Tower Disaster! Set up a tower ten feet away and let the child run at it.
  23. Who Let the Boy Fall! Hold the child up in the air and sing, “Who let the (boy) fall?” (to the tune of “Who let the dogs out?”) While pretending to drop the child.
  24. I’ve Got a Secret! Tell the child, “I have a secret,” and when they listen up close, blow quiet raspberries to the ear.
  25. Soft Tickles! Give soft ticklish back, arm, leg or foot rubs by slowly drizzling your finger tips over their skin.
  26. Jump! Sing, “Jump” by Van Halen with a model and jump when the song tells you to.
  27. I’m Shocked! Fall completely over with surprise and shock that the child answered the question correctly.
  28. Car Ride! Line your chairs up next to each other and go for a car ride. Put seat belts on. Checks left and right for traffic, beep the horn, etc.
  29. Electro-Glide! Do a line dance such as the “Achy breaky heart dance.”
  30. Blanket Pull! Pull the child by a blanket wrapped around their waist in circles then tease, “Nope we got to go left, no right, no left…”
  31. I’m a Little Teapot! Sing, “I’m a little teapot” and act it out, but have water to tease that you will pour on the child.
  32. Aladdin’s Magic Carpet! Put the child on a towel or blanket and pull them across floor.
  33. Chest Vibrator! Hit the child’s chest gently with your palms while they vocalize so they can hear the funny reverberation.
  34. Kick the Can! Play kick the can by racing to be the first one to kick the can over. The child doesn’t know which trial you’ll let him go on, so you’ve got a head start. The anticipation of trying to race you keeps his attention. (But don’t cheat by going when he’s not attending!)
  35. Water the Plants! The child helps water plants with a small pitcher.
  36. Imitate the Child! The child says, “Uh” and puts their hand on table and you imitate. After a while the child realizes he can run the show in reinforcement.
  37. Elevator Rides! Pick the child up – “First floor!” – Higher – “Second floor!” – “Do you want to go to the third floor?” Then, “Oh no! The elevator is going sideways!”
  38. Chair Rides! “Fasten your seatbelt! Hold on to the chair!” Begin to lift chair off ground slowly. Then take off like a racecar!
  39. Chair Tipping! “Fasten your seatbelt! Hold on to the chair!” Tip back just a bit at first. Next time a bit more, unpredictably.
  40. Music Video Shots! Set up a music video on the VCR. You control the remote to dole out parts of the song as a reinforcer.
  41. Butterfly Kisses! Put you eye next to their cheek and blink your eyelid onto it.
  42. Piggyback Ride! Go some place fun (imaginary!). Watch out for the potholes in the road! Weave around drunkenly. Run unexpectedly. Be sure to bounce the child on your back.
  43. Hand Spiders! Run your hand around on the table like spiders. Then let the child SPLAT them. Run at him and crawl onto him, if he’ll let you.
  44. Removing body parts! “I got your nose (holding your thumb between two fingers, to look like a nose) – I’ll put it in my pocket – want it back?”
  45. Big Bear Wants In! Stuff stuffed animals down the back of the child’s shirt, up the pants leg, in the sleeves.
  46. The Big Spin! Pick the child up by the armpits for a big spin (don’t fall over!).
  47. Pump Me Up! Say, “It’s time to pump me up!” Mimic two-handed bicycle pump while inflating your cheeks. Now you can’t talk, but hold the child’s hands and have them POP your mouth. You can also mime inflating your entire body by slowly lifting up onto your toes, and expanding your arms and stomach (in rhythm with the child’s pumping action).
  48. Hot Hands! Place the child’s hands on yours. They have to pull them away before you can gently slap them.
  49. Choosing Firsts! Take turns putting your hands hand over hand over hand over hand with the child – flat or on a pole, as you would do when choosing ‘firsts’ with a baseball bat.
  50. Science Tricks! Baking soda dropped into vinegar makes a nice fizz volcano!