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...
worry witch

A Visit with the Worry Witch: Guided Relaxation for Kids

Life in general can be stressful. Having difficulty processing sensory information can make life even more stressful. Giving children a tool they can use to manage and reduce stress may help them learn better,...

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...

The Art of Strategic Ignoring in Temper Tantrums and Meltdowns

One way or another, we’ve all witnessed them – those uninvited guests in our home. The meltdowns and tantrums are a hostile “visitor” in the family of isms.  Although they may resemble each other,...

Back to School! ABA-Based Tips for Success

Ah, September. The lovely, relaxing days of summer come to an end, and we go back to the hustle and bustle of the school year. The pace of September can be stressful for kids...

Decrease Back to School Jitters with these Strategies

For many kids, returning to school can create some anxiety and back to school jitters run rampant. Just yesterday, my nephew told me how he didn’t want to think about school because he remembered...

Treat the “Symptoms” or Treat the “Diagnosis”?

I often get asked how important it is to have a "correct" diagnosis to treat the associated symptoms, since the symptoms of many diagnoses are similar. This comes up frequently in my office regarding...
Sensory Hair Cuts

Getting to the “Root” of Haircut Challenges – 5 Tips to Turning a Roller...

Taking a typical child to the hair dresser can be a challenging experience, but adding more "isms" to this experience can change this from a simple errand to a frightening roller coaster ride of...

A Day at Monster Jam: Tips for Preparing “those” Summer Events

Summer is a time many families are looking for those fun, high interest activities to do with their kids. As a counselor, one of the biggest fears I often hear from parents is, “We...