At Autism Behavior & Childhood Services, we are committed to providing quality ABA services to the communities we serve. In order to enhance these services and continue to strive for excellence, we recently held a 4-Day Professional Development Workshop Series for our team members.
Over the course of four days, our teams learned organizational and critical analytic skills such as ABCS Order of Operations, dealing with Severe Problem Behaviors, the ABC’s of Trauma, teaching key concepts such as Functional Communication Training, Treatment & Assessment of Children with Emotional & Behavioral Disorders, Collaboration and Feeding Protocols, and Parent Training Tools. Our presenters included Cristy, BCBA and President of ABCS, Daniel, Vice President of ABCS, Karina, BCBA and Michelle, RBT, Senior Behavior Therapist.
A special thank you to the Senior and Lead Therapist ( Liz, Robyn, Anissa, Vicky, Karina,& Michelle)for conducting daily 1-hour Group Workshops during our Professional Development Days that covered Data Collection, the RBT Task List, Session Flow and Flexibility, Self-Building, Communication, Self Esteem and Negativity in the Workplace concepts.
Thank you to the entire Team of ABCS for making our first Professional Development Workshop Series a HUGE success! We love to see our team collaborate, learn and grow together! #TeamWorkMakesTheDreamWork #ABCSSTRONG
The Fourth of July is a favorite summer event for many. It also presents with a sensory experience that sometimes lasts a few days. Fireworks can be heard down the block and even miles away. Sparklers sizzle everywhere and fill your vision with blinking lights. Large crowds fill many venues and backyards. You hear and see people talking, laughing and balancing multiple hot dogs on flimsy paper plates. There’s new smells and different tastes to experience. This can be challenging to children with special needs.
This doesn’t mean your family should stay home and miss out on all the fun. There are many ways to help your child have a sensory-friendly, meltdown-free Fourth of July. Check out these tips:
Prepare in Advance.
Ask your ABA team for a Fourth of July social story you can review with your child. Check out YouTube and search for firework displays you can watch with your child. You can also run a practice Barbecue at home to role play that situation as well.
Wear headphones. This can cancel out the sound component to the actual fireworks and has the ability to help your child become more tolerate of the display. Headphones can also had pressure, which can be very comforting.
Bring along a Preferred Item/ Activity. Having a favorite item or activity to distract your child from over-stimulation is a great way to provide comfort in an overwhelming situation.
Set a Timer for Firework Time. Some children like being prepared and setting a timer can help by eliminating the unpredictability of fireworks and their start time.
Take a test drive. For days prior to July 4th, celebrators light up the sky at random. Toss the kids in the car, roll the windows down and ride away in search of the big booms for practice.
Try a quiet firework. Sparklers can be purchased everywhere this time of year and are a great way to allow your child the opportunity to see the light without the loud noise of fireworks.
Join another special needs family. Adding a friend that has similar special needs to your child can lessen the burden of feeling singled out. Not only does it help your child feel less alone, but it also makes parents feel more at ease in public, too!
Have a Plan B. Whether its going home to do a different fun activity, such as staying up late in the backyard or watching the fireworks from the car, a plan B can make for a successful Fourth of July when needed.
Still don’t think your ready to bear the crowds and stimulations of the fireworks? Find a location nearby, like a playground that you can go to instead and still see the fireworks, or host a family and friend’s cookout to celebrate without leaving the comfort of your home. With the right preparations, your family can enjoy Fourth of July. Be creative and have fun! Wishing you all a happy and safe Fourth of July, Team ABCS Guide by Michelle O’Neill, RBT ABCS Senior Therapist