Social Stories or Social Narratives are a common tool used to teach individuals about a large variety of topics. Social stories are a way to present information to individuals in a familiar and easy to understand format. Pairing social stories with other evidence based practices like behavior skills training, positive reinforcement, modeling and NET can be a meaningful approach to therapy. 

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Spring holidays bring lots of opportunities for fun and learning! Your family may be thinking of attending an Egg Hunt or having one at home. In preparation for family fun like this, your BCI clinician can help develop programming to support following instructions, waiting their turn, sharing with others, and using common social skills like greetings.

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When beginning therapy, addressing your child’s social skills is often a perfect place to start. As we teach early social skills and more complex social skills as your child grows, practicing at home can be the perfect environment to learn the basics. As your child’s social skills improve at home, it is important to provide them with opportunities to practice those skills with other kids their age and in different environments. 

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Build a Morning Routine

January 24th, 2022

It’s no secret that the morning can be a stressful time for families! Developing independent living skills and skills to follow a schedule can be meaningful to reducing stress in the morning. Daily living routines should be an important part of your therapy treatment plan. 

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Winter Holiday Skills

December 13th, 2021

Whether it is stringing lights on a Christmas tree, lighting candles on a menorah, or ringing in the new year, many of us celebrate various holidays in the winter months. This typically means lots of new faces and encounters with family members that your child may not regularly see. Teaching them in advance to learn everyone’s name and face can make the holidays even more memorable.

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Thanksgiving is such a yummy holiday with lots of delicious homemade food and different fall flavors. While many adults have a more developed palate, children are still developing theirs. Research has supported that the more a child is exposed to a flavor profile the more likely they are to develop a taste for it (Bouhlal S, Issanchou S, Chabanet C, Nicklaus S, 2014). 

Some children are much more selective with the types of foods they will eat than others. Some children are so selective they will only eat certain brands of a particular food. This can cause some challenges when eating a traditional holiday meal or when visiting friends and family. It may be helpful to pack a meal for your child to bring along or even make one of your child’s favorite foods to share with the family! 

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Birthday parties can sometimes be a source of anxiety or stress for families when they don’t seem to go as planned. With practice and support, birthday parties can be an enjoyable experience! If your child struggles with their own party or attending others, discuss with your BCI clinician what your goals are for your child. When planning your child’s birthday, your clinician can help you plan activities that are suited to your child’s interests and skills. 

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We hope your summer vacation has been restful and full of sunshine and warm weather. While we are still enjoying summer vacation it is a good time to begin thinking about going back to school. Transitioning from the relaxed summer schedule to a more structured school schedule can be particularly difficult. Here are BCI’s recommendations for a successful transition back to school.

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Sensory-Friendly Movie Theater Fun

June 14, 2021

Many families enjoy spending time at the theater but for individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders, these activities can be overwhelming and unpleasant. If you want to help your child attend the theater successfully, check out these recommendations! Remember– ABA therapy is intended to support your child’s needs, and accessing their community is a part of that. Your clinician and RBT can help you plan a trip and can even attend with you!

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Easing the Summer Break Transition

May 25, 2021

As summer break inches closer, remember to let your ABA clinician know of any time off or changes to the session schedule. While taking a vacation from therapy can be a wonderful time to rest and regroup from daily busy life, it is also a wonderful time to include programming in your everyday life!

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