Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is most notably used in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. But in truth, ALL children experience problem behaviors at some point in their lives - from the “terrible twos” to the rebellious teen years. This blog is designed to provide an overview of ABA and how it can be a useful tool for typically developing children, teenagers, and even your husband;)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
So, what do we tell our kids? I have yet to really experience this. As a preschool teacher, we danced around the topic telling our students that we celebrate that our country came together as one big family in a time of tragedy and we appreciate all the people that keep our country safe. For us, it was our responsibility to get the topic in their heads, but their parents might want to be the ones to explain the tragedy in their own words. My own daughter is nearly 2 and we have a while before she asks these questions. But, it got me thinking about other difficult life experiences and what we will teach her about them - death, war, violence. It's all so complex. There are things you just want to protect your children from in order to hold on to their innocence as best you can. Nurture, protect, educate, and worry. Such is the life of a parent.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
First, let me say I am flattered that anyone would ask me to review a book and blog about it. I mean, I'm just a mom with a blogging hobby. I'm no Heather "Dooce" Armstrong with 1.5M Twitter followers. Second, it was kinda fun to review a book! Third, I'm still amazed at the connections you can make in the world through social media. Exploring these connections through the blogging world is proving to be very enjoyable! With that said, this post has nothing to do with ABA, but it does have to do with our children. Lillie LOVES to read books every night at bedtime. She'll pick book after book after book until we finally say "Last one, time to get in bed". I've really enjoyed reliving my old children's books as well as exploring some new favorites with my daughter.
This week Marta Cappa sent me one of the acts from her Stories from Slumber Village book titled "The Best Grandma in the World". It was, of course, about becoming the best grandma. At first glance I wasn't in love with the illustrations. I wasn't quite sure what exactly the characters were. I assumed they were cats as they had whiskers. My daughter assumed the same. As usual she asks "what's that?" to which I replied "I don't know?" "Kitties?" So we did a little poking around at Slumber Village and guess what? They're guinea pigs! Now THAT's a character you don't see everyday! We also find out the illustrations are watercolor. Also something you don't see everyday. Pretty unique but somehow less appealing than the illustrations of the stories we typically read. As I continued to read the story, the illustrations didn't much matter. The story was heartwarming. Initially the book spoke to me more as a parent and future (way WAY in the future, God willing and supposing my daughter takes a path to motherhood) grandparent. I wondered if my own parents (first time grandparents) felt these same emotions as they became more than just Mom and Dad but Nana, Grampa, and Granny.
Let me tell you about the story. Bonny Pea was anxiously awaiting a call from the doctor. He promised to let her know when he had a grandbaby for her to hold. But she didnt yet know how to be a grandmother. She didnt want to be just any ol' grandmother. She wanted to be the best. So with the help of her friends they tried to find all the qualities of a really great grandmother. But poor Bonnie Pea just didn't measure up. Before they could even come up with her very own special grandmother name the doctor calls. Oh no, shes not ready! As they visit the baby in the hospital, Grandmother Pea finally receives her special name. You'll have to read the book to find out how. I wonder if Bonnie ever figured out her special grandma talent?
You can find out more about Marta Cappa and her Stories from Slumber Village here. Grandparents day is Sunday, September 9th. Why not purchase this heartwarming story for the grandparents in your life?!
Saturday, September 1, 2012
I also used to use exercise as punishment for not exercising (i.e. instead of the planned 30 minutes I would do an hour). The problem with using exercise as a punishment is that I will continue to view exercise as a punisher (i.e. aversive). This is exactly the relationship I am trying to change! I want to enjoy exercise not hate it.
So how will I change my relationship with food and exercise? Starting with exercise - the key to enjoying something is to pair it with something you already enjoy. For example, spending time with my daughter is enjoyable and she enjoys active activities (neighborhood walks, bike riding, dancing, and the playground). My goal is to work in one of these activities on a daily basis. I will also begin the Slim in 6 series, which uses shaping to get you exercising. The series has "Start It Up", "Ramp It Up", and "Burn It Up". The workouts get progressively longer, more involved, and higher intensity. Hopefully starting slow will make it less likely for me to give up before I start seeing weight loss results. My relationship with food is already changing. I have made small changes to eat healthier for as many meals as possible during the day, indulging when I crave it but not overdoing it. Keeping track of my calories and sugar intake on a food diary helps greatly!
I'm starting with small goals and will reward myself for meeting those goals. My ultimate goal is to lose 30 pounds, engage in at least 1 hour of exercise daily, and eat 3 well balanced meals (and a small snack) including appropriate portions following the USDA food pyramid guidelines. My initial goals are to eat healthier alternatives for at least one of three meals, exercise 30 minutes daily, and lose 5 lbs.
*Since April 2012 I have lost 10lbs by using a food diary to track my sugar and calorie intake. I'm now commited and upping the ante to include an exercise program "Slim in 6" and an "eating clean" diet plan to lose 20lbs. You can follow my journey here.