How To Foster Independence Skills

Parents all have goals about what they’d like their kids to do and have in adulthood. Perhaps they imagine their daughter as an esteemed marine biologist who writes books and owns estates around the world. Or maybe their goal for their son, who has special needs, is to live in a nice home with friends or by himself and have a job he really enjoys. It is our job to help set our students and families up for success in the future.  In order to do this, we need to start grooming their independence skills when they are young. We want to help ensure that our clients will be proficient at taking care of themselves to the best of their abilities by the time they are grown up and ready to leave home.

Once a student is a pro with beginner’s self-care tasks, incrementally delve into the more advanced targets that follow. If your kiddo struggles with learning life skills, then be sure to employ the recommended teaching tools and tips. […]

Do Social Stories Change Behaviour?

Any of us working in the field of ABA and special education have seen our share of social stories. They are promoted in schools, at home and in many settings that our kiddos find themselves. What I’ve never seen is a child who isn’t able to greet others, reads a social story about appropriate greetings Read more about Do Social Stories Change Behaviour?[…]

How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract

There are a lot of tools in my BCBA tool box that I use regularly to help shape positive behaviour. A behaviour contract is one of my go-tos for learners who are able to wait for delayed reinforcement. When implementing, it’s important that the learner understands what behaviours are being reinforced even if they’re not accessing Read more about How To Effectively Write A Behaviour Contract[…]

6 Ways To Help Your Child Make Friends

When you pick up Patty from school or daycare, you always find her alone spinning toys and humming to herself. She seems happy by the situation but you’re not – you’d prefer that Patty would participate with peers. You wish that she could make friends and have fun playing with them. In general, that’s hard for kiddos with autism. However, with coaching and teaching, Patty can become more comfy relating in social situations! Here’s how you can help your honey make friends. […]

Tackle Big Skills In Baby Steps

child lacing close-upTrying to teach Julie some of the targets we dished about in How To Foster Independence Skills  and How To Teach Your Young Child Self Care Skills with not much success? No sweat! The solution to the struggle: Task analysis and chaining. Some kiddos are unable to learn how to brush their teeth or put on their clothes when the skill is taught as a whole or in large pieces. This is when task analysis becomes a big help. It’s the process of breaking a complex skill into small components that are a lot easier for Julie to grasp and attain. Chaining is the act of sequentially teaching those baby steps. We swear by these techniques, having taught countless clients with developmental disorders how to care for themselves independently. […]

6 Holiday Activities That Are Inexpensive

After the presents are unwrapped and family dinners are devoured, what’s on your calendar? Sleep! Sugar detox! Penny-pinching! And, most importantly, keeping your darling with autism occupied and engaged while school’s out. No need to stress about the what, where and how much – we’ve got that covered. Here are super-fun and almost-free holiday activities that promote learning. […]

Gifts That Promote Independence

ID-100264055Stuck on what to give your sweetie this holiday season? Consider wrapping up presents that improve your sweetie’s mood and skills, create memories and promote independence. When Kevin can learn to brush his teeth like a pro or walk home from school safely, his self-confidence will soar. Priceless! Here are our favourite prezzies that help your kiddo do things independently. […]

How to Make Time For Yourself

youtime-largeYou’re a real-life superhero. Seriously! It takes unimaginable strength, love, energy and patience to parent a child with special needs. You give everything you have to give to your sweetie, as you should, because Sam is incredible and he deserves simply the best. And so do you! You work around the clock and, in order to keep going full-throttle, you need to recharge. Sounds luxurious and also impossible with your to-do list? Here are a few ways to make time for yourself. […]

The Power And Importance Of Parent Training

Is your kiddo with autism calm and compliant in therapy yet unruly at home? It’s quite a common scenario and one that’s easy enough to fix. The remedy: Parent training. When you know how to handle troublesome behaviour the way Kevin’s ABA team does, you’ll notice positive changes in his demeanor at home. That’s a promise! Read more about The Power And Importance Of Parent Training[…]

7 Resolutions You’ll Want To Stick To

2017We’re not really into cliché New Year’s resolutions. Been there, done that, fallen off the wagon countless times. We do, however, dig resolutions that help kids to learn and grow at home. They’re absolutely worthwhile. For example, let’s say you commit to helping Sally speak. With a bit daily work – you have to be consistent for good results — she could be saying “I love you” or “I want some crackers” instead of screaming for 15 minutes. Her words will be music to your ears and you’ll want to continue with your New Year’s vow. Awesome! So, sign up for a resolution that’ll help your kiddo bloom in 2017. Here are several suggestions. […]