For Parents · Me

Just say OK: Notes from the home laboratory

Just say OK. No whining, no arguing, no stomping, no screaming, no debating, no wheedling. It doesn’t work. It never works. Let’s just skip this. Just say OK, and we can move on. I am raising two infinitely optimistic boys, apparently. When they disagree with an instruction or a correction, I hear a lot of… Continue reading Just say OK: Notes from the home laboratory

For Parents · Glossary · Techniques

Obsessions and fixations: getting stuck and unstuck

If you are the parent of a child with autism or any other developmental diagnosis, you will probably have identified some “restricted interests”  your child is drawn to. Sometimes, these areas of interest can lead to elite academic opportunities, impressive works of art, or gateways to new social connections. Other times, these intense fixations don’t… Continue reading Obsessions and fixations: getting stuck and unstuck

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House Rules: 4 simple instructions that cover everything

Wash your hands. Use the toilet. Put away your dirty dishes. Don’t drop your socks on the floor. Stop hitting your brother. Don’t experiment with Mommy’s lipstick. Quit banging on the window. That necklace is not a toy. Don’t throw those down the stairs. Wipe up your spill, please. That screaming is hurting my ears.… Continue reading House Rules: 4 simple instructions that cover everything

For Parents · Techniques

Visual schedules: why and how to use?

If you have someone in your life who needs help following a routine or learning a complex new skill, it’s worth thinking about a visual schedule (also known as an activity schedule). There is some good evidence for its use with individuals with a variety of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit… Continue reading Visual schedules: why and how to use?

Activities · For Parents · Me

Separation Anxiety: A Behavioural Strategy

Something amazing happened in my house this morning, and I can’t stop talking about it. It’s very personal, but it’s also connected to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in an important way. I am a mother of two little sons, and since I’ve started working more irregular hours, their separation anxiety has been going through the… Continue reading Separation Anxiety: A Behavioural Strategy

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Is it time to call a behaviour consultant?

  What does a behaviour consultant do? Good question. Not one that most people could answer. It’s an emerging field, and it’s only recently that Board Certified Behaviour Therapists (BCBAs) have become relatively easy to find in Canada and the United States. Behaviour therapists work in prisons, hospitals, schools, and even as consultants to corporations.… Continue reading Is it time to call a behaviour consultant?