All behavior is a code that a child uses to communicate, says Jessica Minahan, a board-certified behavior analyst and special educator, who co-authored The Behavior Code Companion. “Bad behavior” is often cloaked anxiety, and we can support education professionals by offering ideas that help anxious children. Read More →

Over the past few years I wrote a couple of courses for Relias Learning.  I never looked them up since I didn’t have much reason to do so. But today I did to offer a resource to someone and, OMG, over 4500 positive reviews on the managing autism course andRead More →

            In the April 2017 Journal of Developmental and Physical Disability, Mayes et. al, published an article entitled: Tantrums are Not Associated with Speech or Language. This research is important from clinical, research as well as advocacy perspectives. The authors investigated the common notion thatRead More →

The Affordable Care Act has it’s problems, but it does try to make things better.  One way it does this is by making sure that people who speak different languages don’t lose out on care. If you are like me, as a member of a bunch of professional societies, youRead More →

  Practical Encouragement You know that look: anxiety on the verge of defiance.  Parents often ask me for ideas on how to help a child with his anxiety, how to get through the moment, maybe even build him up, rather than triggering something worse.  When children are already sensitized likeRead More →

Today I had a chance to describe DIR/Floortime including what we do, research and advocacy today. Free audio download – hope it’s helpful. Let me know! http://apple.co/1Uf9xRk You can also check out the show on the network site at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2517/therapeutic-approach-to-growthRead More →

Affect Regulation Theory: A Clinical Model (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) A recent article argues that we thrive in a natural tension between things and don’t do so well when we fall into a more simplified but ossified state. Think of Tronick’s messy interactions, in which the ongoing tension ofRead More →

Let’s be famous We don’t really want to be bothered by paparazzi. But as it turns out, if we want to leave something useful behind, we probably need to say something meaningful, do that well so that many people hear us, and, of course, still pay the bills.  Here’s myRead More →

My article, featured, and free, in The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report Getting meds just right is challenging in autism. Sometimes we succeed. For example, a woman with minimal verbal ability is extremely aggressive. She is on a number of medications including valproate 1000 mg extended release, paroxetine 40 mg, ziprasidoneRead More →

Mindful Education – Mainstream Practice? We hear it constantly: mindfulness, balance, breathe. To fight stress, to have better lives. And happiness. And recently we hear how important it is to learn these things in school, earlier and earlier. Sure – but how do we really do that and does itRead More →