The Importance of Brain Breaks

By Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D and Brittany Williamson, MS, LMHC If you have been following FCI for a while, you have heard us talk a lot about brain breaks. If you want your child to be attentive, stay on task, follow directions, manage their big emotions, and, most importantly, learn the information you are…
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10 Tips For Teaching Emotional Intelligence

By Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Teaching your child emotional intelligence is essential. These skills and abilities allow kids to navigate their lives with greater ease, confidence, and enjoyment, both at home and at school. Emotional intelligence skills are also correlated with greater success in life. Thankfully, skills related to emotional intelligence can be taught,…
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4 Tips to Help your Child Stay Organized

By: Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA, & Catherine Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Staying organized is a major challenge for most of our children, especially a few weeks into the new school year, and particularly for kids with ADHD. Many parents share with us that it feels impossible for their kid’s backpacks and folders to stay organized as…
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Fidgets for Kids with ADHD

By: Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA Seemingly overnight, fidget toys have gone from virtually non-existent to just about everywhere and in every way, shape, or form. But what are these fidgets? Are they toys or can they actually help therapeutically? First, let’s answer what a fidget, or fidget toy actually is. In short, a fidget is…
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Positive Parenting Defined: Coaching Your Child For Resiliency And Happiness

By: Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Parenting isn’t easy by any means, and for a multitude of reasons. You want to prepare your child as best you can for success as an adult. You also want them to enjoy these years. So, how can you raise your child for optimal success as an adult? How…
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8 Teaching Strategies for Children Who Learn Differently

By: Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D Does your child learn differently? If you’re a teacher, do you ever have difficulty getting concepts to click for your students? Do you feel like your child just doesn’t “fit” in the typical school box? Are you unsure of how to address their unique learning needs? This can be…
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Choosing the Best Setting for Your Child’s ABA Therapy

By: Alexa Toevs M.Ed., BCBA As a parent, your schedule can be pretty tight. Between work, getting the kids to and from school, and participating in extra-curricular activities, it can feel overwhelming to find time to add another pick up/drop off spot to your agenda: your child’s therapy. When starting Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy,…
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What is ABA? Myths, Facts, And Who Can Benefit

By Dr. Cat Baker, PhD, BCBA-D There is quite a bit of misunderstanding about what Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is all about. Similarly, there are a lot of misconceptions about who it can benefit. If you’re familiar with the ideas behind positive reinforcement, then you know just a very small bit about this work, but…
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