2 Strategies for Reducing Behaviors

As I often write in these blogs, we are “behavior teachers” – we teach functional behaviors with the goal of improving our clients’ and students’ quality of life. A child with frequent outbursts, aggression, or disruptive behaviors is exposed to a recurrent state of punishment in the form of anger and frustration from caregivers, avoidance […]

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Meaningful Instruction for Student with Special Needs

Visiting classrooms daily, I have the privilege of observing different teachers in action. It’s great to see the effective ones who really understand what works with these students. They know that sometimes, school is the only stable space in a struggling student’s life and so, what happens in the classroom can be a life-changing experience. […]

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TES Ohio News – Open House!

TES Ohio is moving – and expanding! We’re proud to share that we will be moving into a beautiful new campus at 3428 West Market Street in Fairlawn. This space will be home to our office and clinic, as well as our new academic program, TES Academy! On June 22nd, from 4:00-6:30pm, we will be […]

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Behavior: A Constructional Approach

When I discovered the world of behavioral analysis I fell in love with its “constructional approach.” This just means that, as we like to say, we are in the business of building positive and functional behavior repertoires, not merely reducing and eliminating problematic behaviors. We understand that those undesired behaviors serve a function for the […]

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7 Tips for Bedtime Troubles

Sweet Jennifer, age 4, won’t go to bed without putting a fight. She has many tricks to put it off. She won’t get in her pajamas. She won’t brush her teeth. You read her stories but she always wants more. After you leave the room, she calls that she needs water, or pee-pee. It is […]

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5 Tips for Wandering Kids

Today we’ll analyze a common everyday problem and apply some behavior management tools to prevent and solve it. Problem: Matthew runs away in the grocery store parking lot. It’s difficult for many young children to stand and wait. They have to be on the move! They will not stay put anywhere for more than short […]

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Guest Post – You Can Teach Your Baby to Talk!

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This is a guest blog by our Northern California Director, Traci Bean. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I am often asked, “How do I support my child’s language development at home?” Many parents are surprised that what they do everyday is already fostering communication development! Of course, the answer to this question has to take into account the […]

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Positive Parenting

A paramount parenting goal is to develop and maintain positive relationships with their children. This gives your child a stable environment in which to grow. Today I’m going to focus on three important aspects of this positive relationship: 1) preventing problem behaviors before they arise; 2) setting realistic expectations; and 3) healthy communication. 1. Prevention […]

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Changing Gears

I always emphasize in these blogs that we should reward good behaviors (i.e. not ignoring your child when they behave well) while not rewarding problematic ones. For example, your child throws a tantrum when you tell her to clean her room and as result, you discontinue the request. Or you give your child that ice-cream […]

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Managing Behaviors and Feeling Good About It

If you find yourself raising your voice, repeating the directions endlessly, threatening to take away privileges, constantly arguing, or “policing” in any other way, something is wrong. If you feel frustrated even when you were able to control challenging behaviors, something is wrong. The goal is to manage behaviors and feel good about it. Parenting […]

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