Change Behavior

Star of the Show

Erik gave us a run for our money, quite literally.  He would run outside and inspect the sprinkler heads to make sure there was no dirt on them, not because he was really that fascinated with sprinkler heads, but because he enjoyed the thrill of running the show, being the center of attention, and essentially…

Impulse Management

Lana is an adult with autism, nonverbal, who communicates through facilitated communication (a facilitator offering resistance by pushing back on her hand so that she can focus enough to point to a letter on a piece of paper).  There are many obstacles to her successful connection and communication.  There are also many behavioral indications that…

Potty Time

The dreaded potty-training. Take a minute and think about the obstacle.  What is the primary variable that is interfering with your child’s progress in the potty process?  Is he disinterested?  Is he scared of the potty?  Does she want to keep clean?  Is he taking on your anxiety about the germs in the bathroom or…

Aggression

Taylor came to me as a seventh grader.  He introduced himself in this way – “I have Autism.  So don’t make me mad, cause when I get mad someone gets hurt.” No one had specifically told him this, but his own experience had taught him over and over again, so much so that it was…

Time for Work

So often we spend a great deal of time and energy creating the visual schedules and behavior reinforcement charts, ruining scissors and fingernails with the Velcro and interfering with quality family time to get the icons just right.  Then we present the visual chart to the student with tons of verbal language, showing off our…

Starting the Year Right

The beginning of the school year fills us all (parents, teachers, and students alike) with anxiety and excitement.  We all come at the new year with lots of expectations. That first day can be an adventure as we try to teach classroom rules and routines. Video Stories are a great way to start everyone off…

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