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123TokenMe was conceived in an #Autism‬   classroom to replace old-fashioned token boards. After years of design, it does far more. This Photorial highlights three of 123TokenMe's advances:

#ImproveBehaviors     #TeachSkills     #ReachGoalsFaster
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A #PositiveReinforcement  tool for just 99¢? Really?

Yes- 123TokenMe Solo. It completely replaces old-fashioned token boards with a highly motivating app that can be changed instantly. It utilizes powerful #ABA  principles, yet is fun for both the teacher/ parent and student/ child.  If you work or live with #Autism  or other #SpecialNeeds , download it now- the one child version, 123TokenMe Solo, is only 99¢.
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123TokenMe replaces old-fashioned token boards. That is the simple explanation. However, as can be seen in these photos, 123TokenMe is far more powerful:

- 123TokenMe is motivating! Let your child choose the token type, background color, and rewards. Add new rewards to your treasure chest instantly, using your device's camera.

- Work with up to six students at once, and store unlimited individuals. In other words, 123TokenMe will work with your entire caseload of clients, or your whole classroom of kids.

- Input unlimited target behaviors and goals for each child.
- 123TokenMe has a timer to let you know when to look for the target behavior. There is a visual reminder plus an optional audio reminder.

- 123TokenMe collects data! You'll love this "hidden" feature.

- Only $9.99. Less time and money than making just one old-fashioned laminate and velcro token board. Plus, 123TokenMe Solo is a one child version that is currently just a 99¢ download.

- Is there more? Absolutely. Download it from the App Store to start letting it assist you today. #Autism #BetterBehavior #SpecalNeeds  
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Can 123TokenMe, the token board replacement app, assist teens?

Absolutely. Here is one example: Greg is self monitoring his time spent doing homework. He and his Dad have set a goal of thirty minutes, with three ten minute reminders. (The soccer ball tokens.)

Greg has studied for 20 minutes, and has 10 to go. His motivation? When he is finished, he chose a walk with his Dad. #CelebrateSuccess  
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April is #WAAM  (World Autism Awareness Month).

What a surprise for #123TokenMe  to start the month off with this classroom testimonial from Brittany Lehane, an #SLP  in Boston. We thank her for taking the time to share her experiences and successes. In fact, we hope she gives herself a token!  

Whether you are a current 123TokenMe user, or someone that is simply interested, please read her post. You will learn about #TokenBoards, #Rewards, and  #MotivatingPositiveBehaviors . Most importantly,  you'll see how they are used by those that live and work with #Autism to teach skills & improve behaviors.   
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123TokenMe replaces old-fashioned token boards, so it is a powerful tool for those that work or live with individuals with #Autism or other #SpecialNeeds.  It works with unlimited students, can be customized instantly, is highly motivating, and collects data.

How much does just one old-fashioned #tokenboard cost to make? When the laminating, velcro, and (especially) time are all factored in well over $20.00! 

Since #123TokenMe costs just $9.99 and works with unlimited students and unlimited behaviors, it can easily save a #classroom hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours each and every year.

However, there is always one, isn't there? We received an email a while back voicing the opinion that $9.99 seemed like it was just too darned much. That's when we decided to have some fun and create this animated video: Nine ninety-nine. We're talking nine ninety-nine.
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Autism Success: Devastation to Inspiration

Kathy's work as an SLP/BCBA in our local high school provides nightly stories. Sharing vicariously in the triumphs she celebrates with her students each and every day is a treat. The successes range from tiny steps to huge breakthroughs. What they have in common, though, is making a difference.

Hopefully sharing these stories with a wider audience will inspire...

"Rob" is a young man on the ASD spectrum. The roots of this story are familiar to anyone who lives and works with individuals with autism: Melt downs, anxiety, frustration, empathy, difficulty finding friends, etc. Rob's team has dealt with all of these issues over the years.

This particular story starts about a month ago, after many hours of coordinated team work and coaching. Rob stands in line with a five dollar bill clenched tightly in his fist. He has made the giant step of asking two friends to go with him to the high school football game that upcoming Friday. This is no ordinary game, however. It is "The Game." It pits Rob's high school against their biggest rival, includes several days of activities, and is circled months in advance on everyone's calendar. 

You know what's coming, don't you? The student directly in front of Rob buys her ticket. As she walks away, the ticket vendor looks up and says, "Sorry, Buddy, she just bought the last one- we're sold out." Rob somehow manages to hold it together, by falling back on hours of role playing. As his aide told Kathy soon afterwards, though, Rob was clearly devastated.

And that's when Kathy and Rob's aide decided to turn this into a life lesson. Kathy pulled some strings (no surprise to anyone that knows her) by explaining the situation to the admin team, and was able to purchase a ticket.

The next day Rob was in a group session with several of his peers. Kathy steered the conversation: How do we deal with disappointment? What strategies can we use to get what we want? How could you help a friend with a problem? Towards the end of the session, Rob was thanked for sharing his story from the previous day. Rob's aide reminded him to check Miss Kathy's calendar for the date of their next session.

Rob was startled, because there was an envelope with his name taped to the calendar. "What's this?," he asked. "Open it up and see," was the response. Inside, of course, was the ticket. The ticket to not only the game, but to a night of promise. 

The very first thing Rob did, was pull yesterday's five dollar bill out of his pocket. As he passed it to Kathy, Rob's aide said his smile was the biggest he'd seen. You know the kind- that surprised smile from something unexpected. And here is where the story gets interesting, because Rob's two fans weren't finished yet.

Kathy thanked Rob for paying her back. She told him the reason for the ticket was because of how well he had handled himself yesterday, and how he had shared about his disappointment today. Kathy then added that she had something else. She asked Rob to remember what they'd talked about over the previous hour, especially about helping others.

Kathy handed Rob a five dollar Starbuck's gift card, and told him that she had an assignment for him. She asked Rob to give the card to someone he knew. But not randomly, she explained. Kathy wanted Rob to give the card to someone in return for doing something nice. And lastly, to make sure that his gift was as unexpected as the ticket that he had received.

Fast forward to five weeks later- yesterday. Kathy has just finished a group session that rocked. Students were interacting with each other in ways she would not have believed possible when the school year started. As one of those students, Rob, was walking out the door, he turned back into her classroom. "Miss Kathy, I want to tell you something. I want you to know how much you've helped me, and how you really help lots of people. I like coming to your classes." And then, as Rob left, he handed his gift card to Miss Kathy. 

#Autism #ASD #Collaboration #Inspiration #SLP #BCBA #MakingADifference  #123TokenMeUser
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So, why a circle for this photo? Think about it…
A circle encompasses infinite points. Rough edges are smoothed. No telling where it begins. Or ends. A circle rolls right through good and bad. Early influences are circled back to again and again. There are no square pegs.
Doesn’t this describe education? Special education? The many points include teachers, but also family...
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123TokenMe is a new standard for token systems. But what is a token system? How does it work? Will it help my child? My student? 

Kathy put together this excellent definition for the FAQ portion of our 123TokenMe website:

A token system can be an effective and efficient strategy for teaching skills and improving behaviors. Variations of token systems are commonly used in home, clinical, and classroom settings. They include token boards, star charts, marble jars, and gold coins. In each of these settings, an individual or group is awarded a token upon completion of a task, or upon displaying a targeted behavior for a set amount of time. A token is a visual or tangible symbol and it functions as a type of reinforcer. After earning a predetermined number, tokens are cashed-in or exchanged for something the individual finds valuable and motivating.

123TokenMe is unique because of its flexibility and ease to personalize token systems. Both the teacher/parent and student/child play an active role in designing an effective system. Student involvement increases "buy-in" and motivation. This, in turn, speeds up the learning process.

The teacher modifies a target behavior systematically as a student progresses closer to an outcome goal. The ultimate outcome is for students to be able to perform skills on their own in the real world. This means independently and appropriately without extra reinforcement required. Changes should be made to the token system parameters as behaviors are shaped. These changes should work towards increasing the time before a student receives reinforcement, and should help to maintain learning momentum. Teachers may adjust the number of tokens to be awarded before reinforcement (1- 20 tokens) and the optimal time interval between receiving tokens (0- 90 minutes).

The student plays a role by selecting their token type and background based on interests and favorites. The student chooses their rewards, or what they want to work for, and may order choices from least preferred to favorite.

Using a token system works most effectively when implemented consistently. Verbal social praise that includes specific positive feedback referencing the target behavior should occur each time a token is awarded, such as "Great singing with your friends, Mia." "I like the way you are keeping your hands to yourself, Ethan!" "Cool sitting, Izzy."

Skilled users may incorporate additional behavioral strategies with the 123TokenMe system: response cost and differential reinforcement. With response cost, awarded tokens may be removed and reinstated by tapping. Use the reward shelf to incorporate differential reinforcement options. Reinforcers may be placed in preference order on the reward shelf by dragging. Return an item to the chest, or double-tap a reward to place a bold, red "X" on it. Either action reminds students, I lost this choice and I need to be cool. Designate the most preferred reinforcement choice by dragging it to the heart, located at the right end of the reward shelf. When it is placed on the heart, the item becomes larger, and the simple silver frame turns to gold. These changes are a powerful positive reminder: Look- this is what I am working for!

With old-fashioned token systems, the only motivation occurs when a session ends and the student is usually given a time period to play with or use their chosen reward.

With 123TokenMe, however,every time a token is awarded it is a mini-motivation for the student. Why? 1) The tokens are engaging. 2) The student has been involved in the choice of token. 3) Whenever a token is awarded, a "magical" transformation takes place- the dog biscuit transforms into a dog, the chocolate chip bakes into a cookie, or the caterpillar grows into a butterfly. 

So... 1,2,3 enjoy!
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The role that genetics and/or environment have in #autism has been an ongoing debate. The results of this huge study (medical records from over 100 million people in the US) seem to lean towards the latter being a more important factor. Especially in that critical nine month period of pregnancy. 

This is a quick read, yet an important one. Sure to spark lots of follow up.
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