Showing posts from 2018

Episode #13: BEHAVIOR BABBLE! Home Versus School Behaviors with Pam Smith

When Behaviors Happen Only At Home or Only At School For more information about Pam and Barb, check out their websites: and Here are few resources we shared and/or alluded to during our conversation and/or ones that we find immensely helpful in our work: A broken feedback loop between the parent and child when the child has Autism is discussed in this article. It is a mainstream article that glosses over some of the research but can be a good starting point if you want more information on how the feedback between parent and child can be impacted. Effects of Teacher Greetings on Student On-Task Behavior: This 2007 study of the effect of a simple verbal interaction with each middle schooler in a class goes to the part of the conversation where Barb was referring to a greeting from a teacher to a child impact

Epidode #12: BEHAVIOR BABBLE! When a child is "being bad" with Pam Smith

Barbara and Pam discuss the notion that children are not being bad when they exhibit a challenging behavior. They delve deeper into one specific case that Pam brings up where a child is being characterized as choosing  to engage in difficult behaviors or is “being bad”. They talk through how they support families and school teams  to move past that thinking to understand that behavior is communication. Barb's main website: Pam's main website: Here are few resources we shared and/or eluded to during our conversation and/or ones that we find immensely helpful in our work: Ross Greene Lives in Balance (wrote Collaborative Problem Solving which he has since renamed Collaborative and Proactive Solutions) Stuart Shanker Helps us move from thinking a behavior is bad to a behavior being a stress response. Excellent book and resources - available through his w

Episode 11: The Boy Who Dives Under the Table with Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

Hello and welcome to another episode of our wonderful Synergy Autism Podcast. Today, I am chatting with my good friend and colleague, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. She was working with a classroom team in one of her trainings who was perplexed as to what to do for and with a child who dives under the table at the end of the day. Listen in as we "unpack" what to do in the middle of the storm but then also how to return to the issue to teach and support in different ways. We explore what to do to: Decrease stressors Engage your whole classroom team in decreasing stressors Engage a parent who is there to pick up the child An extra special thank you to Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak for another great question for us to discuss and share with you. A couple of our favorite resources we mentioned during this podcast: The Yes Brain by Tina Bryson and Dan Siegel Self-Reg by Stuart Shanker Our website for further exploration for teachers, parents, and administrat