ABA style behavior modification is the one proven method for improving behavioral and speech outcomes for people with autism. I’m a huge believer, thanks to my training by Dr. Ivar Lovaas at the UCLA Young Autism Project in the early 1980’s. Through ABA, children who are non-verbal learn to communicate effectively, and others who never […]Read more »
On Monday, April 4th, Gideon Marks and myself had the great priviledge of touring both the Melmed Center and SARRC in Scottsdale, Arizona. These centers are state of the art, with staff and programing for children with all developmental disabilities (Melmed Center) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (SARRC). Dr. Raun Melmed and Ms. Denise Resnik founded […]Read more »
This year, the focus is on parent-doctor partnerships. Autism Symposium April 2 at Stanford University, Sponsored by Packard Children’s Hospital STANFORD, Calif. —An autism diagnosis raises big questions in parents’ minds. Prominent among them: How do I talk to my child’s doctors? Will I be able to communicate my family’s needs? How will I make […]Read more »
A few months ago, a client generously gave me a ticket to see the Dali Lama when he visited Stanford. He was wise, humble, and kind as I anticipated. What I didn’t expect was his humor and joy inducing giggle! The following quote from The Path to Tranquility by His Holiness speaks loudly to me at […]Read more »
James Durbin, My Guitar Gently Weeps Update: James performed My Guitar Gently Weeps tonight, April 6, on Idol, dedicating it to his family in Santa Cruz. Sweet baby James… Guilty Pleasure Confession:I love American Idol. Mind you, suffering through Simon’s smug critiques was a challenge. Also difficult to watch in the past were the initial […]Read more »
Although the weekend was gloriously sunny, I spent it indoors at a local conference. And, I’m so glad I did! It was my first time attending a conference as a vendor, rather than a consumer. I joined the director of sales for Sopris West in N. California, Pat Ray, at her Step Up to Writing […]Read more »
Carol Ann has been a godsend to us. Her teaching skills, experience, expertise and dedication, combined with her commitment and deep concern for our sons well being, have provided the foundation for his on-going educational success. While her primary focus has always been on giving our son the skills, tools and support needed to flourish, she […]Read more »
When a student internalizes lessons and applies them in a unique way, we know that our effort has paid off. This week, one of my long time students (since elementary school—now about to graduate), explained how he recognized and solved a problem which plagues many teens.Read more »
I have things I can do to solve the math problem. Bump and point and click and show use your hands to figure out the problem. We do color coding, we do French fries, cheese bits, and waffles and the thousand block. They help me to figure out the problem. I use houses to help know where the problem goes.
I feel great because I know how to learn.
Girl, 3rd grade
Fall has come to Northern California and I am thinking about how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful country, state, and especially, city. Palo Alto is many things, but to me it is a community where I can raise my children well. We are surrounded by nature for geocaching, soccer games and playing […]Read more »