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