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I CAN DO IT!

Admin 12/19/2017
I CAN DO IT!
DE-STRESS to Combat those Annoying New Year's Resolutions:

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We all dread that time of year when the date changes from one year to the next and society puts pressure on us to identify and execute our New Year’s Resolutions. What will I do this year? What will I accomplish? What will be different? What will be exciting? How will I change? Yikes!  

Are some toys REALLY better than others for learning???

Are some toys REALLY better than others for learning???
Its that time of year again! Well meaning relatives ask “ What does Jonny want for the holidays?” I don’t know about you, but my son has 10,000  vehicles and he doesn’t need anymore but I often find myself at a loss for toy recommendations. At a recent conference, I had the opportunity to listen to speakers from  Northwestern Early Intervention Research  group speak about how to empower PARENTS

ABA Therapy, Autism and Insurance Coverage. What's Covered?

ABA Therapy, Autism and Insurance Coverage. What's Covered?
Advocating for Our Clients:  A look into the true ins-and-outs of insurance-funded ABA services and how to use the law in favor of our services. 

Reeling from the experience of the Autism Law Summit, surrounded by parents, advocates, and clinicians from all walks, the knowledge we gained from the presenting group of experts is a boon to our field. Considering the nature of insurance funding, here are the details that seem the most important in advocating for our clients and their right to effective treatment.  

Why Join NHABA?

Admin 10/19/2017
Why Join NHABA?
We are very proud of our young state chapter! ​ After only a few short years, the founding president, Thea Davis and the current president, Kim Kelly, alongside...

Running an Effective School-Based ABA Program

Admin 9/20/2017
Running an Effective School-Based ABA Program
Center-based services are great for early intervention. However, once children outgrow the need for center-based services they may still need support within their school system. Running a school-based program that is effective and efficient is not an easy task. This is why our team of experts has worked together to compile this informational guide that discussed the necessary components of an ABA program. Each component must be fully developed and managed, and must compliment the efforts of the other components. Read more:

Medicaid to Schools Program in NH

Admin 8/28/2017
Medicaid to Schools Program in NH
Summer is coming to a close and soon the school year will be in full swing. A new school year means new opportunities and new challenges. If you have a child who has a learning disability or behavioral challenges, then you recognize the stress that can come along with a new school year. Before the halls are full of the hustle and bustle of students, I’d like to take a few minutes to review New Hampshire’s Medicaid to Schools Program and provide some resources for school districts and SAUs that are currently receiving or are interested in receiving Medicaid reimbursement for behavior analytic services.  

Best Practice for Back to School

Admin 8/23/2017
Best Practice for Back to School
As a parent, you want the new school year for your child to kick off with success. But if your child has autism or other developmental delays, this is not always so easy. Here is behaviorist’s spin on one of the most common and crucial tips for setting your child up for success. In cross-comparing the many lists of suggestions, some appear very frequently such as setting kids sleep schedules back, making time for homework/reading each day and creating concrete rules about screen time. However, there is one tip that appears across every single list I have found.

The older they get, the more important social skill instruction can be.

Admin 11/15/2016
The older they get, the more important social skill instruction can be.
Contrary to popular belief, teenagers diagnosed with high-functioning ASD are socially cognizant and aware of their social differences, desiring those close friendships observed amongst their peers (Locke, Ishijima, Kasari, London, 2010). It may be the most imperative to provide social instruction at this time, when the learner is motivated to learn how to make friends and the instruction will meet natural contingencies (friendships are developed, the more intimate connections are appreciated by the participants, the skills learned will be applied with frequent practice for life-long learning).

​Teens reporting higher social functioning were more likely to be able to cope with the stresses associated with the transition to college, reporting less feelings of isolation, social anxiety, loneliness, and depression (Segrin & Flora, 2000). As students enter high school, social instruction should be considered to increase their repertoire of social skills and improve their quality life in high school and beyond.

Effective PEERS Social Skills education curriculum is here now!

Effective PEERS Social Skills education curriculum is here now!
After months of research and preparation, Constellations is happy to announce the reappearance of our social skills group as an added component to our Home-based programming treatment package. Considering the variable evidence of the efficacy of social skill group interventions, Constellations sought to create an intervention that incorporated treatment components that are research-based and proven to increase skill acquisition in the most critical of skill deficits caused by autism (Bellini, Peters, Benner, & Hopf, 2007; Wang & Spillane, 2009; Reichow & Volkmar, 2010; Cappadocia & Weiss 2011; Reichow Steiner, & Volkmar, 2013).

​Our social skills instruction model utilizes the  Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS)  with the added support of a clinician in the community setting to support generalization of skills through parent instruction and supported get-togethers with peers (Laugeson, Frankel, Mogil, & Dillon, 2008).