Cues or Prompts?

As we know, our learners with special educational needs often require additional supports to acquire new skills or display certain behaviors that will help them to be more independent and successful in less restrictive environments. When we add something  to the environment to help the behavior occur or skill be demonstrated, we are prompting. If…

The 123’s of FCT

Ever seen problem behavior? Yep, me too! There are 2 main functions of behavior. People are either engaging in a behavior to GET something (attention/item/activity/sensory stimulation) or GET AWAY from something (attention/item/activity/sensory stimulation) Is it ok to want or not want certain things? Of course, it absolutely is! The challenge is when problem behavior, perhaps in…

Avoiding Teaching Play?

Play is so much fun, isn’t it!? Well, maybe not if you are the adult crawling around on the floor neighing like a horse or running around the room with your arms outstretched making your best jet plane noises only to be met by a less than impressed kiddo or a little buddy that doesn’t…

QR Codes Deciphered

 At least once a day every day, I think about what it would be like to just get rid of my phone, like throw it into the woods and run off to the minimalist life. I know I wouldn’t be able to last a day, but just the thought of returning to the simple life…

More Than Words: The power of teaching non verbal communication

One of my absolute favorite set of activities we do with the kids at Mission Cognition Social Skills Development Center is related to non verbal communication. In the office, we call these our “No Words” days. On these days, staff are not allowed to communicate using words. They must rely solely on gestures, expressions, eye gaze,…

Go with the flow! Teaching Flexibility

Ever interact with anyone who has the “my way or no way” view on life? It’s tough, isn’t it! As typical adults, I am sure we can all think of at least 1 friendships over the years that may have not ended well due to overly rigid behavior or perhaps a school or work project…

Teaching Emotions: Why and How?

  If you work with children with autism and related disabilities, I am pretty confident that at some point, you have shown a learner a picture and asked, “How are they feeling?” Good goal, right? Well, that depends…what’s the point of this activity? Often times when we ask that question, we are met with a…

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