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ABC’s of ADL’s

ABC’s of ADL’s

Teaching your child how to take care of themselves and be independent is a goal for most parents.   In Occupational Therapy we strive to make our kids as independent with self-care skills as possible. Self-care skills are everyday tasks such as toileting,...

Letter Reversals

Letter Reversals

Letter reversal is when an individual writes certain letters backwards or upside down.   Letters such as “b” and “d”, “p” and q”, “m” and “w”, and “n” and “u” tend to be the most problematic as they are the same shape just flipped or turned. While the majority of...

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Have you ever seen someone use gestures to communicate? Maybe you’ve seen someone draw a picture or write in a notebook to answer a question? Or use their phone to translate a sentence or phrase?   These are just a few forms of Augmentative and Alternative...

What is VB-MAPP?

What is VB-MAPP?

There are many ways to assess the ability level of children with a diagnosis of autism, so how do you know which one is the right one for your child?   The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (or, VB-MAPP) is a criterion-referenced...

Nothing but NET (Natural Environment Training)

Nothing but NET (Natural Environment Training)

A child can memorize labels and words but it only becomes functional when they learn to generalize them in everyday common uses.   Natural Environment Teaching (NET) is a teaching method that uses the same principles found in other ABA methods but focuses more on...

Hello from the OT staff & Dr. Amy Henry

Hello from the OT staff & Dr. Amy Henry

With today's wonderful snow storm, it reminds me of the importance of playing outside for both parents and children.  Get out in the snow with your kids!  Cold, fresh air is actually healthy for kids.   Cold air does not make kids sick; it helps them brush off the...

What is an RBT?

What is an RBT?

Rika Hawes, RBT  explains what a Registered Behavior Technician is and why that extra training is important to a strong ABA team! Rika is completing her BCBA training this summer and will be one of the few in the field who has worked in both roles. Under PAAC’s ABA...

Ideas About Bullying

Ideas About Bullying

What to do When Being Bullied  Many students across America encounter bullying, whether it is happening to them or a friend. While a large portion of children face bullying, it happens most frequently to those with autism spectrum disorder. Not only that, bullying...

Tips for Back to School

Tips for Back to School

BCBA Kristin Taft gives us tips for back to school!The summer is a great time for most kids and families. It’s full of fun, adventures, family vacations, no school, and trips to water parks and the beach. For those families who have a child on the Autism spectrum...