Determining Intent: Avoiding Over-reactions

“Hey, watch where you’re going!” Nobody likes getting bumped into or having their foot stepped on or their important papers spilled on, but it happens. On the flip side, nobody likes getting yelled at or scolded for things that were not intentional. It’s all about perspective. Interactions or incidences like this are a common part…

Virtual Instruction: 7 Tips for Fun & learning with the Littles

Virtual learning, teaching, instruction, whatever you want to call it, is hard. H-A-R-D hard! I don’t need to list out the thousand reasons why. We are experiencing it first hand. It’s hard for us and it’s hard for our learners. Especially challenging for us as instructors was planning highly engaging and interactive lessons for our…

Get your BST on: Research Supports You!

We recognize the need for social skills supports. Just look at the DSM-5 criterion for autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. To meet diagnostic criteria for ASD according to DSM-5, a child must have persistent deficits in each of three areas of social communication and interaction plus at least two of four types of restricted, repetitive behaviors….

USOPAC, USOPAC, USOPAC, chant it with me!

USOPAC pronounced “you so pack” is how we, the cool kids of Team MC, refer to Dr. Parten’s 6 stages of Play: Unoccupied, Solitary, Onlooker, Parallel, Associative & Cooperative. The field of applied behavior analysis, just loves those acronyms, so why not add another to your repertoire. Learn it, live it, love it- we sure…

Play Purchases: How to avoid buying all of FB marketplace

Toys & games are expensive! But…we NEED them if we are teaching play & social skills, right! Before diving into the conversation on how to avoid buying all the things, I want to share some more general information about the purchases we make in our centers with an aim of teaching play & social skills….

Go ahead, buy the fun, nice stuff!

I’d like to introduce our “Privilege Poofs”!  I eyed these up in Walmart awhile back and then circled back to touch them and ehhh maybe hug them (they’re so soft!) at least 3 times all the while internally arguing with myself that we NEED them, no we don’t, yes we do, no we don’t….. My…

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…