IABA Blog

Imperfect Parenting: Toilet Training Edition

In my last blog, I wrote about accepting being an imperfect parent. I'm going to take a few weeks to do a mini-series on all my failures and wins as a parent because the joy of imperfect...
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Imperfect Parenting

Over the last month, I've written about my own personal journey during COVID to shine a light on fear. This week, in honor of Mother's Day, I'd like to write about parenting during COVID. Personally, I've gone...
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The Bridge Back Home

A phrase I often use is "the bridge back home." I'm not sure who coined it or if it's just a phrase that I've used so many times it comes from me. What I call the bridge...
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Underneath our Fears

Over the last six weeks, you've allowed me to provide you with guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak. I'm so very grateful to be able to give you my take as well as speak my own truth. Last...
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Behind the Fears During COVID-19

Last week in my blog I wrote about compassion and grace. I hope it served you. After identifying my own fears, I realized that so much more was going on behind them. It took guts to accept...
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Compassion and Grace

In starting this blog, I wanted to create a space for parents to come to know they are not alone. In the midst of COVID-19, I think this space is super important. On any given day we...
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A Telehealth Heart to Heart

Over the last several weeks, our country and world have changed more than I believe we ever imagined. Each person and business has had to rethink what our new “normal” looks like because of COVID-19. For the...
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A Simple Autism Support Guide

Over the course of the past week, our lives have changed rapidly. Here in Illinois, as in many states, we are formally following Shelter in Place. ABA therapy is medically necessary for children with autism and ABA...
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When You Think You’ve Surrendered, Surrender More

Over the course of the last week we as a nation have, and are still, struggling to make the best decisions possible in response to COVID-19. As individuals it began as laughing with friends over the toilet...
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ABC’s & 123’s Don’t Really Matter Much to Me

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite parenting practices, practices that I believe have a direct impact on positive development. In writing these blogs, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about...
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Straight Talk about Technology: Parenting and Screen Time

Growing up, my parents were very structured and very strict. From a child’s perspective, I had a laundry list of things I did not agree with and regularly challenged (sorry Mom and Dad!). I can still relate...
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Ain’t No Shame

As we continue to walk through some of my core parenting practices, I’d like to spend this week talking about shame and vulnerability. Years ago, I was introduced to Brene Brown, a shame researcher, through her book,...
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Thirty Million Words, How a Small Thing Goes a Long Way

This past week I took a break from blogging as my family grew by one. My husband and I were blessed to win custody over a dear 14-year-old boy who has been a long time family friend....
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Mom Judgment and Letting Go

Last week, I wrote a lot about my journey into motherhood, which took me in and out of the throes of perfectionism. I like to tell people I’m a recovering perfectionist. I say this knowing that, in...
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Be Present not Perfect

To me, young children are among the world’s greatest gifts. Given the chance, every single child can flourish. Before children, I found my way into the world of therapy through research and my work. In all honesty,...
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FAQ About Behavior Change

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Automatically Maintained Behaviors and Beyond

The last three weeks I’ve written about how your child’s behavior is maintained by attention, escape, and access to tangibles. If these topics resonated with you, it is most likely your little sweetheart is engaging in problem...
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Access to Tangibles, the Toddler Years

Over the last two weeks, we’ve taken a deep dive into attention-seeking behavior and behavior maintained by escape. If you’ve been following along, I’m hoping these blogs have helped you and you’re starting to see some patterns...
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The Escape Artist

Last week we dove into attention-maintained behaviors and what to do when your little one is engaging in challenging behaviors to gain your (or others) attention. This week we’re going to jump into talking about what to...
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Your Little Attention Seeker and Mine

In a bustling world where busy is the new cool, I wanted to take a moment and give thanks for the time I’m given to write these blogs and the time you are taking to read them....
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