Musical Animal Walks

Musical Animal Walks

Musical Animal Walks Summer is here and school is out! The summer heat can make it difficult to stay active, and irregular summer schedules can impact kids’ (and adults’!) sensory regulation. Pair music with animal walks for fun, structured indoor movement breaks during these long summer days. Structured movement to music can help to support […]

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Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior

Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior

Taking a Beat Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior When children have communication deficits, often you’ll see them engage in other behaviors to get their needs met.  These behaviors can be unsafe or not appropriate, and often referred to as “challenging behaviors” or “problem behaviors.” When thinking about how to respond to these challenging behaviors, we […]

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Negative Reinforcement vs. Punishment

Negative Reinforcement vs. Punishment

Negative Reinforcement vs. Punishment The difference between negative reinforcement and punishment is often confused. When looking at reinforcement versus punishment, it’s important to understand the stimulus change and the effect on the behavior. In behavior analysis, positive and negative are used to describe the stimulus change and not the effect. In other words, positive means […]

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Kid-Friendly Relaxation Playlist

Kid-Friendly Relaxation Playlist

Kid-Friendly Relaxation Playlists The end of the school year is quickly approaching, which means lots of tests, final projects, and changes in routine and schedules. This time of year can cause high-stress levels, and it can be difficult to find effective ways of coping with this stress. Music is a wonderful tool for helping to […]

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Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids Looking to delegate some spring cleaning to your kids this year? Children of all ages can participate in household chores, but where should you start? Task analysis! What is Task Analysis? Task analysis is a teaching process that simplifies complex tasks (like chores) into smaller steps that are easier for children […]

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Autism Acceptance Month: Community Resources

Autism Acceptance Month: Community Resources

Autism Acceptance Month 2022 In honor of April being Autism acceptance month, we have created a guide to sensory-friendly family fun in Nashville and surrounding cities. Check it out! Sensory Friendly Guide SafeSplash Swim School – Nashville & Franklin They provide private swimming lessons to kids with various needs, including Autism and sensory sensitivities. They […]

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Behavior-Specific Praise

Behavior-Specific Praise

Going Past “Good Job” Praise is a simple, yet powerful tool. Behavior-Specific Praise is a form of reinforcement describing desired Behavior that is Specific to the child, through a positive Praise statement. So what is BSP? It is a positive praise statement describing a specific behavior. It’s a way to provide positive attention to appropriate […]

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Positive Self Talk

Positive Self Talk

I Can’t Do It! “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to […]

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