Life Skills

Change is Good! Token Economy Systems Bring Positive Rewards

Change is good? Well, in the case of what’s known as a token economy system, change is great! This is a system of behavior modification through positive reinforcement. Basically, in order to achieve the...
Empathy

Teach Empathy – a Tool for Social Success

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the meaning of empathy is "the experiencing as one's own of the feelings of another". Empathy is a great tool to have in your toolbox for success. When I taught...
Friend Files

Create a Friend File – a Tool for Social Integration

Create a friend file, a tool for social integration is a strategy created by Michelle Garcia Winners to facilitate interactive perspective taking.    Initiating conversations can be challenging for many children with various isms....
dog walking business

7 Micro-Business Ideas to Help Transition into Adulthood

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...
Special needs child be a child

Encouraging a Special Needs Child to be a Child

Every child with special needs is still a child at heart. No matter what issues, conditions, diagnoses or disabilities help educators, parents, and professionals figure out how to teach and reach a child, there...
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...
worksplace Asperger;s

Strategies for Success in the Work Force

Many adults with special needs, such as Asperger's, who are in the work force have special talents, such as impressive visual alertness, a depth of knowledge and intense in specific areas of interest. 1. Social...

Potty Training: Five Sensory Secrets for Success!

Potty training...is it a sensory issue? My answer is definitely "Yes!" Children who struggle with sensory processing often find potty training to be a daunting task that often leads to a battle of the wills...

Last is First in Backward Chaining

Typically when teaching a child a skill we start at the beginning, move through the sequence of steps, and conclude with the final step. This is called forward chaining. The reverse to this is backward...

Encourage a Flexible Family Food Culture

I read House Rules: A Novel back when it was released. It’s my understanding that this was deemed a fiction.  It was based on the research performed by the author.  In the novel, the...