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…

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 BCBA as the Chief Engineer

In full disclosure, I am the daughter of an engineer.   I am married to an engineer.  And the way things are going, my son and daughter will probably turn out to be engineers. When I listen to families discuss the need to want direct therapy from the BCBA only, I fully understand the discussion and…

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. …