Behavior

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...

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...

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...
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...

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...

Invisible Anxiety – Hiding in the Classroom

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.  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD),...

Can Children Suffer From a Fear of Death?

I can distinctly remember being in my grade four classroom and sitting directly beside the window. Our school was very close to a fire and ambulance station, and every now and again the sirens...

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...