Autism Awareness Month – Communication

"How are You?" This is the first question I ask whenever I begin to work with a family seeking behavioral support for a child diagnosed with autism.  The answer is often "fine"; sometimes the answer is "tired"; occasionally the answer is "I don't know." There doesn't seem to be adequate language to communicate. The focus [...]

By |2018-05-09T14:05:27+00:00April 26th, 2018|Communication, Relationships|1 Comment

Autism Awareness Month – Confidence

Confidence increases as a result of repetition and the reinforcement we receive for our effort. We grow in confidence when we feel competent. For example, imagine trying a new and challenging recipe. We gather the ingredients and follow the directions to create a successful result. All the best chefs remind us to begin with good ingredients [...]

By |2018-04-19T17:27:54+00:00April 19th, 2018|Communication, Relationships|0 Comments

A therapeutic person

A truly therapeutic person relates to the essence of you even when you don't feel you have an adequate way to communicate your thoughts, experience and need.  The impact of a therapeutic person stays with you long after the encounter has ended. You carry away the sense of being heard and maybe even understood! You carry [...]

Give me the red cup

How would you teach: Give me the red cup. That simple statement has inspired and motivated me for almost two decades. It has enriched my personal development and has inspired my professional life. That simple question began a pilot Applied Behavior Analysis program designed by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at Kennedy-Krieger Institute. Let's [...]