Social skills may seem like an easy goal. Parents often say, “I just want him to play with his friends”, or “I want him to make friends”. Recently I had someone say to me “he has friends at school so he doesn’t really need social skills”. Having ‘friends’ and having the skills to appropriately interact with these friends, and navigate social situations are two different things.
A child presents as a high-functioning and intelligent boy with a great deal of potential.
To reach that potential and to be able to maintain his current level of functioning both at school and in the community, we need to help him modify and become more consistent in how he manages his emotions.
Autism has slowly found a place on our television screens and is represented in numerous ways depicting just how broad the spectrum really is.
Function Communication Training (FCT) is the procedure through which individuals are taught that communication ‘gets them stuff.’ FCT teaches individuals how to use communicative responses in order to have their needs and wants met
There are a number of misconceptions surrounding Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) that we encounter on a daily basis.
A Functional Behaviour Assessment is a specific behavioural assessment designed to collect data on, obtain information about, and analyse the purpose a specific behaviour holds for a specific person.
I was prompted to write this ‘blog’ because of a parent picking up her child from our clinic the other day, mentioning how our Behaviour Interventionists always presented with such happy dispositions and are always so positive, encouraging and supportive towards not only her child, but to her as well.
Parents are most often of the opinion that, when their child goes to school, school will take over and they will learn what they need to know. School as it appears to parents, is the benchmark for learning.
Do children with autism learn as their peers do, or in a similar fashion? Will the youngsters ‘get it’ by placing them into a typical environment. Has their early intervention program taught them enough skills with few hours, to manage appropriately at school, given legal school entry is now pre-primary? Will school/day care teach them to model play and social skills, so they can mix with their peers successfully? Well I’d say ‘not nearly enough.’
After months of planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website.
We wanted a new website to showcase our services and detail what we are most passionate about: sharing our knowledge with parents and helping children reach their full potential.