Social Skills and the Things We Do to Thwart their Progress in Therapy

I love social skills. I appreciate teaching social communication and seeing brain sparks fly in the twinkling of eyes of little and big people alike…when they get that they don’t have to so polite. There are some things we do when we work on social skills as therapists that further hinder our client’s ability to…

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Let’s move away from these words.

#BeDifferent #EmpowerFamilies Here is a news flash.  Words matter. A few weeks ago, I was at the healthclub using the childcare to take care of some paperwork.  I overheard two women discussing autism.  My first thought…this word is either increasing in social significance for everyone OR it’s following me. Well more people joined the conversation,…

Trying to Be Understood with Apraxia

Working Toward Speech Intelligibility and the work involved This week I had the chance to meet with several professionals…to be honest some wanted to work with me and some did not.  Because I have been there, I understand perfectly.  I started the conversation(s) with “Let’s begin with the fact that everyone wants to do their…

See with Your Heart. Listen with your Eyes.

Building Your Parent-Que and Parent Resiliency Yesterday I spoke with a good friend who applauded my efforts and follow-through when my child explained a unfortunate (and sadly repeated incident) that happened to him at his preschool.  While I am still “soft” when it comes to remembering and pulling together different resources to support my child…

The Honey Effect

The Untapped Power of the Parent in ABA I remember when my son was younger, I carried around his all time favorite treat in my purse.  Before unpacking him from his car seat, I’d show him the treat and talk about what I needed “Walking Next To Mommy; Listening the first time when mommy gives…

The Magic is not in Play. It’s in the Teaching.

Why Teaching Play is important at all levels Yesterday after presents were opened, I watched my daughter look at her play kitchen and happily place and stack items in different compartments.  This was her basic play interaction and fascination with a new toy.  But, as I watched, I realized (again) that play is not magical. …

Preparing Children before Harm Happens.

It’s true.     Harm.     It’s tough.   It leaves you raw and helpless.   Bullying.  Friendship Challenges.  It’s all heart wrenching.  And let’s not talk about the harm of physical and sexual inappropriateness…it’s all too much. We have conversations with our kids about stranger danger adults or not letting an adult touch them inappropriately…but we miss…