ABA Therapy Part Two: How does ABA Therapy Work?

In our previous blog post, we asked the question: “What is ABA Therapy.” The short answer goes like this: “Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA Therapy) is a widely recognized method for reducing harmful behavior and teaching new skills.” ABA Therapy is research-based, individualized, and goal-oriented. These three factors set ABA Therapy apart as an effective therapy. […]

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ABA Therapy Part One: What is ABA Therapy?

Applied Behavior Analysis is a field of study that focuses on understanding and improving human behavior. By focusing on an individual and their environment, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs, who practice ABA Therapy) are able to identify behaviors that are harmful, as well as skills that need to be acquired. From the assessment stage, BCBAs […]

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Birthday Cake

Every month, one afternoon gets a little better.  My calendar dings at me, and in surprise I look down to see what meeting I’ve totally forgotten about.  Instead of a meeting, I see that it’s time for birthday cake.  I love cake. For the last several years, Jennifer has baked cake every month to celebrate […]

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Durable Medical Equipment Needed

If you have any of the following equipment that’s in working condition, the STAR Center would love to have it. We pass on this equipment on at no cost to people who cannot afford it or do not have insurance to pay for it. Please spread the word! Wheelchair Power chair Walker Rollator Quad cane […]

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Mindfulness: Season and Time

Our Creative Arts Therapy Groups (CAT Groups) serve adults with disabilities.  Intellectual disabilities are common in these groups, and our therapists work to build social skills and awareness of time.  One of my favorite things about our Creative Arts Therapy Group is the way our therapists work to acquaint their clients to time and season.  […]

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Celebrate Senior Independence Month

Senior Independence Month I took some time this week to sit down with Lorraine Harlan, our Manager of Home Care, to talk about some practical steps individuals and families can take to give Senior Citizens the best chance to live safely and independently for years to come.  Before coming on at the Star Center, Lorraine […]

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Reflections on MLK

I remember the first time I read the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in earnest. I was a junior in college and had signed up for a history class on the Civil Rights Movement. America’s history is absolutely packed with orators par excellence, but Dr. King’s speech and prose absolutely blew my mind. […]

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Star Center at a Glance

It’s always difficult to know how to answer when people ask, “What is the Star Center?” Sometimes I start by talking about our history. Well, the Star Center was founded in 1988 when two children began losing their eyesight and their parents believed their community could support people with disabilities. Sometimes I start by talking about the […]

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