1. Give a little background information about yourself: I was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Austin, Texas. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Recently, I was accepted into the University of North Texas where I will be working towards a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. 2. What brought you
1. Give a little background information about yourself: I grew up in Buda and never left the Austin area! Why would you leave this amazing city?! I went to Texas State University for my undergraduate studies, graduating with a degree in Recreational Administration with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation in 2005. After graduating, I provided recreational therapy services for the CLASS program for
If you have been following us on social media you know that our BCBAs and a few of our ABA therapists attended the TxABA conference and are so excited to share some of the new and exciting research presentations that we were able to sit in on while there. A team favorite was Francesca degli Espinosa’s presentation on verbal behavior: Teaching verbal conditional discrimination:
What is a support group and is it right for me? Recently at Building BLOCS we have begun offering a support group for parents of special needs kiddos, specifically for parents of children with ASD. A question that was frequently posed to me was, “what is the purpose of a support group and how would it benefit me?” I thought this was a great
Video modeling is an effective therapy method for all children, but particularly children on the autism spectrum. Children watch a video of another child performing a task, and then they learn to imitate what they saw in the video. Some reasons it works are that important features are highlighted (and extraneous stimuli are eliminated) in a video. Also, while we may not always get children to attend to a lesson, they
Think voice output devices are expensive, bulky, or easily breakable? Think again. Watch Brandy talk about some of the low-tech, inexpensive options we use to assist kids with communication. What are some easy tricks that you’ve found for assisting with communication?
In an effort to better serve our clients, Brandy Windham, the lead speech therapist and co-owner of Building BLOCS, went back to graduate school this past year and completed all the course work necessary to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Exam. In addition to the coursework, Brandy also completed 1,500 supervised hours. In September, Brandy sat for the exam, and on
One helpful thing to do for your young child is to organize their playroom. I know this does not sound like an exciting way to spend your Saturday, but putting your child’s toys into clear bins with labels can help you teach or reinforce many important skills.
October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. At Building BLOCS, this topic is very close to our hearts. As we spend time researching therapy approaches that will be most successful for children with Rett syndrome, we learn again and again that the research in this field is still very limited. The International Rett Syndrome Foundation is helping lead the charge in this area. Here are