IABA Owner’s Blog

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

In taking the last month to talk about “why” behavior happens, we focused on figuring out why your little someone engages in behaviors that are disruptive to you and your family. If you’ve taken the approach of...
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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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Taking Space to Find Your What and Why

Last week I spent time going over your little (or big!) one’s developmental capabilities using neuroscience. I started to lay the framework for looking at how your child’s environment determines their behavior. It was a lot of...
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Everything Happens for a Reason, Straight Talk about Functions of Behavior

As a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) I’ve heard a lot of criticisms about ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy. I think the bulk of these criticisms come from the misunderstanding that ABA is a field full of...
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Tolerating Tantrums and Why Self Care is so Important

Last week I told you I could write for days about why I started my work. Don’t worry—today isn’t that day—but I do want to talk about a related topic. A large part of my clinical work...
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Receiving Help from a Mom’s Perspective

I’m new to the world of motherhood, two years and two babies new.  Before the world of motherhood, I spent my time building and growing a company to provide ABA therapy (applied behavior analysis) to create the...
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