Take a moment and look at your kiddo. Is he/she upset or calm? If the answer is calm (or mildly upset), capitalize on this opportunity and practice calming techniques.
Take some deep breaths with your kiddo and talk about an upsetting situation he/she experienced recently. How could you handle that? Take breaths to calm down, take a quiet moment, ask for a hug… Our culture is fast-paced, stressful, and over-stimulating. We are asking very young kids to perform difficult tasks (reading, writing, spelling in Kindergarten!) We also need to teach appropriate responses to frustration and calming strategies to reduce the frustration. Our kiddos start this learning as early as possible (even 2 year olds) and can be taught it as a game and through play.
Practicing during calm moments will help make that response a habit!
Courtesy repost from Neuron, Volume 83, Issue 5, 3 September 2014, Pages 994–996.
Loss of mTOR-Dependent Macroautophagy Causes Autistic-like Synaptic Pruning Deficits, Guomei Tang, Kathryn Gudsnuk, Sheng-Han Kuo, Marisa L. Cotrina, Gorazd Rosoklija, Alexander Sosunov, Mark S. Sonders, Ellen Kanter, Candace Castagna, Ai Yamamoto, Zhenyu Yue, Ottavio Arancio, Bradley S. Peterson, Frances Champagne, Andrew J. Dwork, James Goldman, David Sulzer, Neuron, Volume 83, Issue 5, 3 September 2014, Pages 1131-1143
Remember to take your art break with us this Friday at Fred Meyer West. This is Step-In Autism Services of Alaska second annual community Art Break event and Fred Meyer West has graciously offered to host the location.
There have been more than 9,000 participants at other Art Break locations around the world since 2011. We hope to see you there and share in the experience.
Posted by Linda Joy Robertson
Believe it or not, when I moved (the last time) from classroom teaching to admin work, I hated the beginning of the school year because of all of the excitement that I missed. No bulletin boards, no organizing my classroom, no excited kids the first day….the list goes on.
Now I. actually, look forward to the calm in our offices when each room is not packed with kids and tutors all working, uh, hard (loudly).
I miss the excited voices and the laughing, however, all the kids still come, but spread throughout the day rather than what seemed like “all at once”. Continue reading →
Courtesy Repost from The Hill By Bernie Becker – 08/16/14
Members of Congress are on the verge of creating a new, tax-free savings account for people with disabilities in what would be a rare burst of bipartisanship in an election year.
The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in both chambers are behind the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act, which would create the new accounts.
Step-In Autism Services of Alaska is seeking another qualified individual to join our team.
ABA Behavior Technician Position
We are currently looking for a compassionate and talented individual with experience working with children with disabilities. Step-In Autism Services of Alaska, L.L.C. tutors work one-on-one in home, school, and social settings with children, implementing the Behavior Support Plan designed and maintained by a BCBA or BCaBA. ABA behavior technicians gather quantifiable behavioral data necessary for evaluating the Behavior Support Plan. Detailed Job Description may be found here: http://stepinautism.com/employment-opps/
If you are interested in applying for this position, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to email@example.com.
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