Behavior

The Perfect Classroom

Create Effective Behavior Intervention Plans

Have you ever walked by a classroom and thought, “I wish my kid was in THAT classroom? Wow! Now there’s a teacher that has her kids under control!” You know the kind of classroom-the...

Managing Mom’s Emotional Health

These are the words that actually came out of my son’s mouth: “Well, I’m just saying that to me it doesn’t seem like everything you do is that hard. I’m the one that’s stuck...

Reduce Anxiety with Realistic Thinking & Other Tools

Anxiety, also called angst or worry, is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components.  Anxiety can create feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness, and dread. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to a stressor.  When anxiety becomes excessive, it...

Peer Mentoring Brings Great Success

From heart palpitations to sweaty palms, a nauseated stomach to pounding headaches, imagine how many different ways that children can feel anxiety. There are over one hundred different ways in which the physical symptoms...

5 Things You Should Be Doing to Enhance Your ABA Program

Recently I had lunch with my friend Jess. It was good to see her, as always. Jess and I have known each other for years. We worked together at a clinical center that specialized...

ABA: What IS It, Really?

Sometimes parents tell me they want to start doing ABA with their child.  I always tell them the same thing, "You already are. Not just with your child, but with your significant other, your...

One Mom’s Experience with Advocacy

Since I started my blog at Special-Ism, I have covered many topics. I have worn my heart on my sleeve and opened up to the world about some very personal experiences. Our latest challenge...
Interoceptive Anxiety

A Treatment for Anxiety – Feel The Fear Interoceptively

Urmila Pai, M.D. and Kimberly Williams, Psy.D. composed Feel the Fear: A Treatment for Anxiety in collaboration. Child Therapist: "Carly, it seems you were very anxious. How did your body feel?" Child: "I don’t know…maybe it felt like,...
Community Life Skills

Build Community Integration Skills

Most of us in the field of autism agree that community integration is important. Whether you’re a parent, a clinician, or an individual on the autism spectrum, being a part of your community means being...
self injurious behaviors - hair pulling

Please, Please, Please, Stop Hurting Yourself! Using ABA to Address Self Injurious Behavior (SIB)

Tyler picks his nails until they bleed. Grace has a big bald spot on the top of her head from pulling out her hair. Giorgio bangs his head on the floor or ground so hard that...