It is a great time to be a behavior analyst! Our “young” science has entered into the mainstream in the past two decades and recent innovations in communication and technology make it possible for behavior analysts to collaborate with each other and serve a global clientele.
Do your children have favorite television shows or movies? My youngest loves, “The Hot Dog Dance” from Mickey Mouse Club House.
Summer Time! Preschool ended today and summer is stretching out before us. What did I do all day with my kids before preschool?! My first summer priority is lowering my standards and remembering that my daughter does not need me to turn into a preschool teacher for the summer. She is going to have to entertain herself some of the time.* I also need to step it up a little bit and provide some structured activities.
My 4-year-old’s BFF, June, (who happens to be the daughter of my BFF) has a younger sister with autism. She recently started an ABA program with CARD and the family has therapists popping in and out of their house on a daily basis.
Longer days mean waking up to sunshine and birds singing. My children both love birds – watching birds, making bird sounds, pretending to fly, building nests with old Easter grass, etc. One of our favorite summertime activities is feeding the ducks at a local pond.
There were a lot of ridiculous tutorials posted on my favorite crafting blogs on Monday…embellished disposable diapers, hand sewn ruffled toilet paper, meat disguised as cake and cake disguised as meat. Even Google got in on the fun, promoting their newest product, “Google Nose Beta,” which allowed users to search their “Aromabase” and download “scentibytes.”
One of my favorite ways for parents to maintain and generalize skills learned during therapy is to incorporate learned skills into seasonal or holiday activities. It ensures that concepts will be presented in a new way (in the context of the holiday). It also familiarizes children with seasonal and holiday traditions and objects. Easter eggs are one of the easiest and most versatile tools for generalization.
My favorite things about this project? It is SO easy and it is age appropriate for everyone! (Who hasn’t been mesmerized by the soothing sound of a rain stick?) Children as young as two can help make a rain stick with adult assistance and older children can make their rain sticks independently.
It’s important that our kids are able to use their imagination, and what better way than playing with sock puppets! Here Suzanne teaches us how to make sock puppets with interchangeable faces to not only practice using imagination, but to help learn and identify emotions and expressions.
If crafting isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there isn’t much work involved. The end result is a wonderful inexpensive alternative to commercial magnetic calendars. To download the template, visit the Autism Live facebook page. Once you have the template, print, cut and paste! Want to make it even faster? You can print directly to a printable magnet sheet, like these from Avery. Mount your calendar on the fridge or put it on a metal cookie pan for a mobile calendar.