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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How Can Occupational Therapy Remove Barriers?

I’ve learned over the years that very few people know what an Occupational Therapist is. So before you start to think that Occupational Therapists find jobs for people, let me take a minute to explain their role in the habilitation and rehabilitation processes.  Habilitation refers to a process aimed at helping individuals who are born with […]

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Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is better hearing and speech month, an opportunity to highlight the ways Speech-Language Pathologists can improve quality of life for millions of people.  “Communication is the Key to Connection.” I have experienced this to be true over and over, and I have the opportunity to help people communicate and connect in ways they couldn’t […]

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What is Music Therapy?

When someone asks, “what do you do?” I imagine they expect an answer like teaching or counseling.  Based on the looks and questions that inevitably follow, “I am a music therapist” is not what they anticipated.  Granted the response these days is more often, “oh, you have an awesome job!”  This was not the case […]

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Tactile Maps and Anthony Doerr

What do Pulitzer Prize winning novels, the streets of Paris France, and tactile maps have in common? I recently read the Pulitzer Prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The novel takes place during World War II and one plot of the novel centers on a young girl named Marie-Laure, […]

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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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SCALE Groups

Thursday, I got to end my day in the best way! When asked how we should end the session, one of our clients broke out into his own original song: “Goodbye! Goodbye!  Thank you for the music today.”  You probably wouldn’t expect it, but this particular client doesn’t often express himself in creative or original […]

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