Create Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors.  They also help to extrapolate information verbal discussion would not decipher. The social context, the behavior, the thought/intent behind the behavior, […]

7 Micro-Business Ideas to Help Transition into Adulthood

dog walking business

Statistics reveal a growing number of Americans aging out of Adult Transition Programs in local school districts creating an avalanche of ill-prepared individuals seeking suitable “post-school district” programs or opportunities.  Some statistics show that 90% of adults on the autism spectrum are unemployed which is an astounding figure. Many schools are unsure how to properly […]

Inspire Kids – The Story of a Tiny Frog who Didn’t Listen

Inspiration for Kids

Once upon a time, there was an ambitious group of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tree. A huge crowd of frogs had gathered around the tree to watch the race and cheer on the contestants. The race began. Not one tiny frog […]

“Social Downloading”: Three Tips to Teach Kids Appropriate Timing

Chris Social Download

Have you ever come up with what you thought was a great therapeutic tool, only to discover your thinking on the topic needed a little more flushing out? This article is a great example of that and I am hoping it will get people thinking about this concept of a “social download” and what happens […]

5 Ways to Win Your Kids Heart on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Fun

Valentine’s Day might evoke enjoyable past memories of exchanging Valentine’s cards with loved ones, playing party games and enjoying delicious food. However, for some, simply the idea of any special holiday can conjure up memories of anxious social situations, sensory nightmares and unsavory unfamiliar foods. I think it’s time to “take back” this holiday! Start […]

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Avoid Outbursts – Get Emotional Responses Under Control

Meltdown

When my son JJ was 16 years old, he was suspended from high school for his impulsive behavior. His peers knew what buttons to push and it continually got him into trouble. The Incredible 5-Point Scale helped JJ regulate his feelings and behavior visually and cognitively. It took consistency with his entire educational team to […]

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Three Tips to Make Social Concepts “Click”

lunchroom social skills

Developing “friends” and true “friendships” are processes that take years as well as various experiences. It relies on one having the ability to connect with others on a personal level.  Many of the clients I work with “want” friends and “want” to have that social connection, but fall short when in the moment and in […]

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What Threatens Kid’s Emotional Health?

bullying

“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. When asked the question: “What threatens your safety and emotional health?” most kids say, teasing and bullying (Kaiser Family Foundation & Children Now, 2001). My son JJ has an autism spectrum disorder. Intolerance has been […]

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Kid Generated Rules for Successful Board Game Play

board-games

When I think of board games, I think of those commercials we see on TV of Family Game Night.  You know the ones I mean, a group of people sitting around a table with smiling faces and easy laughs, everyone having a wonderful time. And yet what I often experience with the kiddos in our […]

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Promote Imaginative Play with Puppets

puppet-making

Most typical children naturally love to pretend play and intuitively use their imaginations at a relatively early age. We see this the strongest in normal development around 3-6 years of age. A child may pick up a toy car and “pretend” it is driving up and down the furniture.  He may joyfully make sounds to […]

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