Behavior

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...
Interoception

Interoception: The Least Known Sense

Research the topic of Sensory Processing Disorder and before long, you will discover that there are actually more than the five senses we all learned about in preschool. We already are aware of the...

Address Difficult Behaviors When It’s Sensory AND Behavior

Have you experienced any of these challenges? Similar challenges? Let's take a look at common challenging behaviors and discover how to address difficult behaviors with sensory input. A seven year-old insists on wearing the same...
Accommodations for Anxiety

Plan Ahead to Reduce Anxiety

One of the most common problems associated with the various isms that children may have is - anxiety. Sure, a little anxiety is normal, most kids can be anxious about things. The difference is...

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...
Trauma in Children

Address Trauma in Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Nine year old James had been in a car accident with his father.  Shortly after the accident, James started experiencing negative intrusive thoughts. James repetitively asks, "What if we’re driving and the car smashes into...
childhood anxiety

Childhood Anxiety: Learn to Dance the Tide

"Childhood Anxiety is treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report.  Anxiety is a normal part of...
Teach Children Forgiveness

Teach Children Forgiveness – Let Go of Resentment

Back when my son with autism was in junior high school, he was a target for bullying. As a result, he drew a picture of himself being hung. Above his head, he wrote the...
Reduce Anxiety - Eagle Pose

Simple Yoga to Reduce Anxiety in Kids

Are your looking to reduce anxiety in your child?  Yoga is by far one of the most accessible, effective and low-cost anxiety reducing techniques available. Did you know that 1 in 8 children are diagnosed...

Learn How to Cope with Change

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I like structure and predictability. I enjoy knowing what is going to happen, first, next, and last. Not only do I like knowing what is...