Techniques

Problem-solving for children: asking the right questions

We all want our children to be independent and resourceful, but not necessarily 100% of the time. Sometimes they need help with problem-solving. It’s tough when your little DIY-expert resists your best advice and ignores your words of wisdom, preferring to learn from natural consequences (a.k.a. “the hard way.”) If you wish you could just… Continue reading Problem-solving for children: asking the right questions

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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

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?

Techniques

Behaviour Skills Training (BST)

B.S.T. Best Skill-building Technique. Build Someone’s Tenacity. Broad Spectrum Treatment. Barn-Storming Truism? When I first read a description of this training technique in my textbook, I shrugged. Yeah, sure, of course, you describe a skill, then model it, then rehearse in a practice setting, then try it out live with feedback. What kind of idiot… Continue reading Behaviour Skills Training (BST)