Behavior

Reinforcement

On Your Marks, Get Set, Reinforce!!!

I talk about reinforcement in virtually every article I write. I figured it was time then that I write a posting devoted to reinforcement: what it is, why it’s important, how to do it. What...
wild ride to the heart

Wild Ride to the Heart: Learn to Control Anxiety While Having Fun

"1 in 8 children are diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder. Separation Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are common in younger children, ages 6-9, while Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder...

ASD, OCD or SPD: Which is the Best Fit?

With certain children, it can be hard to tell the difference between an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). You may see a child with just...
Medications

Thinking About Medication for your Child? An ABA Approach to Med Management

Let me preface this article with two disclaimers. The first is that I am not a medical doctor. I am not the person to give advice on specific pharmacological treatments. The second is that I am...

Calming Activities for Anxiety & Sensory Issues

With three daughters in their tweens and early teens, mornings around our house are still my least favorite time of day. But when my girls were a little younger, there were mornings I was...

Six Steps for Handling Aggression and Meltdowns

Do you remember the horrific story of Alex Spourdalakis with his severe aggression and meltdowns? Alex's story really hit home because our family has experienced a hell similar to the one they were living. It's hell...

7 Practical Tips for an Effective ABA Program

Setting up a home-based ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy program is no easy task. Even if your home-based program is smaller-scale—say, something you’re putting in place just to supplement what your child is learning...

ADHD and Back-to-School Anxiety

Here it is, the new school year.  For many, it’s the time when our children’s carefree smiles disappear and their walk looses some of its lightness.  Stress, overwhelm, anxiety creep back into our children’s...
tantrum

Pause the ADHD Outburst

Here you are in that moment where you have scolded your child for doing something unsafe or for disobeying a rule.  Maybe the result of a denied request is an impulsive, angry tantrum put...

Don’t Forget to Pack a Social Backpack

From August to early September there were many articles on things parents can do to help prepare their sons and daughters for that return back to the classroom.  However, there are so many social...