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Robert Schramm, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, educator, author and the creator of The 7 Steps to Successful Parenting, brings parents and professionals of challenging children information on how to overcome motivation issues and develop better relationships while getting better cooperation and learning from their kids through Just 7 Steps. In addition to Robert's more than 20 years of experience, he also shares interviews with some of the biggest names in education, parenting and behavior analysis. So don't miss out on this opportunity to hear really interesting conversations and practical real world advice for you in your home based on years of work. Find out what the secrets are to building a home program that will help you get the most out of your relationships with your children and help them to be their most successful selves. And do it all in Just 7 Steps.

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Robert Schramm, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, educator, author and the creator of The 7 Steps to Successful Parenting, brings parents and professionals of challenging children information on how to overcome motivation issues and develop better relationships while getting better cooperation and learning from their kids through Just 7 Steps. In addition to Robert's more than 20 years of experience, he also shares interviews with some of the biggest names in education, parenting and behavior analysis. So don't miss out on this opportunity to hear really interesting conversations and practical real world advice for you in your home based on years of work. Find out what the secrets are to building a home program that will help you get the most out of your relationships with your children and help them to be their most successful selves. And do it all in Just 7 Steps.

    #032: Getting Kids to Go to Bed with Liz Maher

    #032: Getting Kids to Go to Bed with Liz Maher

    Liz Maher is a behavior analyst and a mom. Her oldest daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with autism back in 1998. In addition to supporting her own daughter’s education and development, Liz also became a BCBA. She worked for close to 15 years supporting Pennsylvania school teachers in applying behavioral analytic principles in their classrooms. Along with her husband Steve, Liz founded a company called DataMTD, which produces online applications for two of the most widely used assessments in verbal behavior: the VB-MAPP app for Dr. Mark Sundberg, as well as the EFL app for Dr. Patrick McGreevy.

    Liz and I begin our discussion by talking about her personal journey and what led her into the field of ABA. We then talk about her current work with her husband and how their apps are making teachers’ lives easier when it comes to behavior tracking, analysis, and assessments. Liz and I also discuss how ABA has changed and evolved over the years, stories Liz has from her experiences in the classroom, and suggestions on how we can make the world better through behavior analysis.

    What’s Inside:
    Liz’s personal journey and how she got into the field of ABA.How Liz and her husband are helping teachers with their apps.Thoughts on how to make the world better through ABA.Mentioned In This Episode:
    Just 7 Steps YouTube
    Mark Sundberg – VB-MAPP
    EssentialForLiving.com
    EFLApp.com

    • 43 min
    #031: The Self & Match System with Jamie and Katie

    #031: The Self & Match System with Jamie and Katie

    Over my 20-plus years in the behavior field, I haven’t heard a lot of talk about self-management. One place I did hear about it was in 2018 at the ABA International conference. I participated in a workshop called “Exploring the Systematic Use of Self-Monitoring as a Behavioral Intervention: The Self and Match System”.  That presentation was given by my two guests, Dr. Katharine M. Croce and Jamie Salter. Katie and Jamie are responsible for the main school-based self-monitoring system I use, called Self and Match. Both Katie and Jamie have impressive academic backgrounds along with several years of real-world experience.

    Katie, Jamie, and I discuss when and how they developed the Self & Match system and how far they’ve come since its humble beginnings. We also talk about their journeys into the field of ABA and how Katie and Jamie met. We then dive into what Self and Match is, how it works, and who it’s for. The official definition is an evidence-based self-monitoring system that’s used in schools, homes, clinics, and more. It’s a tool to systematically teach individuals how to self-reflect on their own behavior. We discuss how to get training on Self & Match and how to implement it. To learn more, check out the resources below.

    What’s Inside:
    How Katie and Jamie got into ABA and created Self & Match.Who Self & Match is for and the goals it accomplishes.Resources on Self & Match and how to get started.Mentioned In This Episode:
    Just 7 Steps YouTube
    Future Self & Match Trainings
    Research on Self-Monitoring and Self & Match
    Beyond the Walls: Establishing Classroom Expectations in a Virtual Classroom (journal article)
    Free Resource: T-Charts to teaching expectations
    Manuals ( 10% discount thru 2023 with promo code: JUST7STEPS)

    Connect with Jamie/Katie:
    Email: selfandmatch@gmail.com (or team@selfandmatch.com)
    facebook.com/selfandmatch
    twitter.com/selfandmatch
    Instagram.com/selfandmatch
    web: www.selfandmatch.com

    • 40 min
    #030: Tips and Advice

    #030: Tips and Advice

    Everyone loves tips and advice, but where do you get the advice you can trust? One of the things I try to do with my video blog is to give parents important tips and advice that can help them become more successful with their children. Here, I’m sharing some of the best tips and advice from my blog over the past half year, including:
    5 tips to avoiding bad behavior in your kidsHow to discipline your kids through the use of consequencesHow to handle sensory issuesI finish things off with information from a blog I did on parenting advice that you should ignore. I’ll share a list of bad advice I’ve seen given to parents that really don’t offer any meaningful value or at worst, can harm a child long-term. If you want to learn more about getting your kids to listen to you without nagging or raising your voice, check out my workshop through the link below.

    What’s Inside:
    The best tips and tricks from the past half year on the Just 7 Steps blog.Mentioned In This Episode:
    Just 7 Steps YouTube
    Just7Steps.com/workshop

    • 32 min
    #029: Teaching Language – Part 2

    #029: Teaching Language – Part 2

    Last week, I covered how to teach a pre-verbal child to imitate sounds on request as we build toward teaching them how to talk. Here, we’ll cover the motivational aspects of learning a language and how to teach children to ask for things they want in increasingly complex ways. For some children, learning how to talk is a really high hurdle to get over on their own. Many of the traditional approaches to teaching children how to talk fall short. I share the whys and hows of teaching a child to mand, or request something they need.

    The reason mand training is such an important part of early language development is that it is based on the simple concept of “I want, I do, I get”. This concept is powerful because a successful mand always leads to the acquisition of reinforcement. Anything that’s reliably reinforced will ultimately result in a higher frequency of the desired behavior.  I discuss the three augmentative communication systems and how to choose which one to use.  I also walk through each system’s pros and cons, how to choose which words to start with, the steps of teaching mands, and how to transition to words.

    What’s Inside:
    The importance of manding in teaching verbal communication and language skills.Three main forms of augmentative communication and their pros and cons.How to choose which words to start teaching.How to transition from mands to words.Mentioned In This Episode:
    Just 7 Steps YouTube
    Book – Motivation and Reinforcement: Turning the Tables on Autism

    • 16 min
    #028: Teaching Language – Part 1

    #028: Teaching Language – Part 1

    According to the CDC, an estimated 40% of children with autism spectrum disorder are non-verbal. That means as many as 40% of children working through potential challenges related to autism are trying to do so without the full use of vocal language to help them. As many as 70% of childhood behavior problems come from a child not being able to adequately express their needs or desires. I’ve worked directly with many of these pre-verbal children who were unable to learn how to communicate through spoken word for many years, but we have found a way to guide them towards increased language ability using the verbal behavior approach to the science of behavioral analysis.

    Over the next two weeks, I’m taking you on a deep dive into the way I’ve been helping children both with and without a diagnosis of autism who struggle with language learn how to talk. Verbal communication is one of the most important aspects of life and it’s how we share our thoughts and feelings. Because of my expertise in motivation, I’ve been able to put children in the positive state needed for them to develop critical vocal communication skills. Here, I discuss the benefits and limitations of speech and language therapy and why a behavior analyst could be an integral part of a child’s learning to speak. I also share exactly what my process is so you can get similar help if you need it for your family.

    What’s Inside:
    How behavioral analysis can aid in a child’s learning to communicate verbally.How to use motivation and reinforcement to help in the learning process.My process of teaching verbal communication and language. Mentioned In This Episode:
    Just 7 Steps YouTube
    Just7Steps.com/workshop
    Just7Steps.com/course

    • 23 min
    #027: Teaching Children with Autism with Reg Reynolds

    #027: Teaching Children with Autism with Reg Reynolds

    Reg Reynolds is an author with a Ph.D. in psychology. I’ve known about Reg for a long time, and he contacted me shortly after I wrote my first book. Reg has written quite a few books and the one most in line with what my audience would be interested in is called “Teaching Children with Autism: An ABA Primer”. Reg has since retired, but I think his work and perspective on the field of disabilities and education is very valuable to us all. Our conversation includes a discussion on changes we’ve seen over the years in terms of education and parenting, especially around disabilities and handling behavior challenges.

    Even before Reg was working in the field of ABA, he was paying attention to it. Here, he shares his thoughts on where things have gotten better or worse in our approach as practitioners as well as how he took an interest in ABA. We walk through what inspired Reg to write his book, his thoughts on my work and the 7 Steps, the importance of parent training and involvement, the concept of mini consequences, and the role of control in behavior analysis.

    If you’re interested in buying a copy of Reg’s book, head to the link below.

    What’s Inside:
    How education and parenting around disabilities and behavior have changed over the years. The importance of parental training and involvement.Why mini consequences can be more effective than big punishments.Mentioned In This Episode:
    Just 7 Steps YouTube
    Book – Teaching Children with Autism: An ABA Primer

    • 24 min

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