Teaching Self-Calming Skills

By Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA “You need to calm down.” This is something I hear a lot in my work as a behavior specialist when a student starts to get agitated– answering rudely, refusing to work, making insulting comments or whining.

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10 Ways to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child

As a parent, you are your child’s best education advocate—until he’s old enough and informed enough to speak up for himself. You know your child’s strengths and challenges, and you can help identify and push for the resources your child needs to succeed. Here are some tips to help you advocate for your child at…

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Back to School Preparation Tips

Summertime is almost over, and it’s time to think about gearing up for school. This can be a welcome thought or a scary one! Even    scarier if your child is moving up and making a big change, whether it be out of RECC, into middle school, or onto freshman year in high school. These big…

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Starting Middle School

Starting middle school is stressful for any student, but the process can be even more challenging for a student on the autism spectrum (ASD) and for his or her parents. Many things will be different.

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