Did you encourage your children to make resolutions this year? Did you make any yourself? You may find it helpful to use the model of behavioral change that scaffolds the curriculum at the Kids Cooperate Social Skills Groups. Read More
Joinin a group of people already engaged in an activity is one of the most difficult things to do. I'm sure that you've been in a social situation and recognize the feeling of looking around the room and seeing everyone already gathered into groups, discussing work, sports, and politics.
Each week in the Kids Cooperate Social Groups, we try a new sensory experience as part of the Social Sensory Cognition Process. This week, Passion Fruit... Read More
In group we have been working towards a theory of understanding why we, and other people do what they do. This is important work towards developing a Theory of Mind, the ability to understand that others see the world in ways that are different, but equally valid to our own. Read More
The Social Sensory Cognition Process is an experiential therapy for helping people with high functioning Autism to become more at ease in social situations by creating space for more complete sensory experiences. Read More
There is no substitute for experience. at Kids Cooperate social skills groups, we have seen that skill acquisition happens best when scaffolded by play and activity. Read More
By understanding the stages of normative development and watching for the early warning signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder, we can get children early intervention help and put resources and information in the hands of parents. Read More
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be helpful in treating the emotional antecedents to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read More
At Kids Cooperate we are committed to a play based model because the social learning that happens during play lays the foundation for social communication and emotional regulation skills that become important for getting and keeping a job, and maintaining close healthy relationships throughout life. Read More
At Kids Cooperate, we believe that play based therapy is the most effective way to learn, integrate, and generalize new tools and strategies for coping with the emotional and sensory stresses faced by many children on the Autism Spectrum.
As parents, a common hope for our children is that they will make good, confident decisions and think for themselves. Your child's perception of whether the course of their lives are controlled primarily by their own thoughts and actions, or external circumstances is referred to by developmental psychologists as "locus of control". Read More
The two main concepts related to understanding Autism are Executive Function and Theory of Mind. This post will focus on Theory of Mind which is the ability to intuit the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of others. Social skills coaching leans heavily on this model of understanding Autism, and brings resources to bear on helping people to modify their behavior for situational appropriateness. Read More
F. Scott Fitzgerald said that "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."
Paradox is everywhere in the world of Autism. It is embedded in the name Autism Spectrum itself. A diagnosis, autism, coupled to spectrum, a fierce rejection of the very idea that a diagnosis can define or describe. Read More
The two main concepts related to understanding Autism are Executive Function and Theory of Mind. This post will focus on executive function which includes the cognitive tasks related to planning, focus, organizing, error correction, recognizing danger, and impulse control. Read More
There has been a lot of back and forth about the merit of attachment parenting, a style of parenting that emphasizes the importance of a secure and close relationship between the parent and child.
It seems like there is value in understanding the fundamentals of attachment theory, first articulated by John Bowlby in the 1940s and expanded on by Mary Ainsworth in the 1960s and 1970s.
I typically blog about issues specific to parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum, but I believe that there is value in having a base of knowledge of important concepts in developmental psychology, and that good parenting is good parenting, regardless of diagnosis. Read More