What is TAGteach?
TAGteach stands for Teaching with Acoustical Guidance. TAGteach is a teaching and communication method that combines positive reinforcement with an acoustical support. TAGteach is an application of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) that makes the science of positive reinforcement accessible and easy to do for parents.
TAGteach, like ABA, relies on breaking behavior down into small pieces, looking for desired behaviors, and giving positive reinforcement to increase those (often fleeting) moments of great behavior. With TAGteach, parents or instructors can easily teach many skills to children with autism. The goal of this blog is to share TAGteach tools and knowledge, so that you can teach the functional skills that will allow your child to do more things; with these skills, the whole family can get out and enjoy life together.
Why do Kids Love to Be Taught with TAGteach?
Because they get the opportunity to think for themselves and they are never told that they are wrong.
With TAGteach the learner is in control of his own learning. The goal behavior is broken down into tiny achievable steps. Each tiny step is called a tag point and this describes in 5 words or less exactly what the goal is for the next try. Often the learner is involved in choosing the tag point. If he gets his tag point correct, he gets a tag (click) from the teacher. If he gets it wrong, nothing happens and it is up to the child to self assess and try again. The tag is a positive reinforcer because it is the sound of success. He knows he is progressing with the learning and his skill is growing.
TAGteach is based on the Science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Compelling scientific evidence, amassed over the last 40 years, demonstrates overwhelmingly that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a safe and effective approach for working with children with autism. ABA, done well, is fun for kids, focuses on teaching basic skills, and then building up those skills into a bigger behavior repertoire. The more functional behaviors a child can perform and the more he can do, the less frustrated he is and the more enjoyment he gets from life.
“The worst thing you can do with a young autistic child is nothing … The child’s brain needs to be kept engaged with the world.” Temple Grandin
“TAGteach has an important future in the treatment of autism and other developmental delays and this parent has shown the way.”
Joseph Morrow, PhD, BCBA-D
President, Applied Behavior Consultants
Professor of Psychology and Behavior Analysis (Emeritus)
California State University, Sacramento
Licensed Psychologist, State of California
Here I would like to give you some information about the science of ABA and about what TAGteach is.
Here is a video to help you understand how TAGteach works. This shows a child with autism learning to go into a pool by himself. At first he needs lots of external positive reinforcement, but soon he gains confidence and the new skill becomes reinforcing on its own. He starts having fun and then he enjoys going into the pool. This is the goal of TAGteach, to teach new skills so that interaction with the world becomes reinforcing on its own and the tagger and treats are no longer required.
TAGteach is all about “more” of the good things
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