Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Episode #13: 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:

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 impacts the attention to task
during class.

And a couple of fun videos of teachers doing the above with students:
3rd Grade Teacher in Wichita: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VzOmZ4bdTw

Inclusion resource that we love….

One of my all-time favorite TEDtalks on supporting creativity (and neurodiversity by default)
in schools:

We love Pam’s social goal regarding a student engaging in contingent exchanges rather than
just “turn taking.” Here is a sample:
A student will actively participate in up to 4 contingent exchanges with a familiar adult then a
less familiar adult then a peer across settings. A contingent exchange is either verbal and/or
nonverbal (e.g., Student asks peer “can I have a crayon, please.” Peer nods and holds out
crayons. Student takes the container of crayons and says “thank you.” Peer says “your welcome.”)

Conformity and autism - the autistic perspective. A great resource for learning more about
autism from the inside perspective.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Epidode #12: 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: www.synergyautismcenter.com
Pam's main website: www.pjsconsultation.com

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 website

Temple Grandin
Well known speaker, advocate, and specialist in autism and livestock handling. She is extremely well
known and respected for her ability to share the “inside view” of autism, as an adult with autism. She
has several books and we will provide her website:

Insanity quote
“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Turns out we were both right! Or we were both wrong? Many people trace the quote back to Einstein but
apparently, there is no proof that he actually said it. It IS widely used, as Pam suggested, in recovery programs.
For more discussion on the origins (or non-origins) of the quote, you can read more here:

The Power of Habit Book
Some good ideas for changing habits and what it takes to change them. He dives into how we develop habits,
how triggers and routines continue them, and then how to create new ones. This is a nice introduction into
how setting events, rewards and consequences all shape behavior (the basis of many autism interventions)

How Habits are formed
There was a study in 2009 by Lally et al that found that it takes an average of 66 days to create a new habit.

Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act
We will not be disclosing identifying details from the cases we discuss due to the fact that we are governed
by HIPAA which is a law that protects the privacy of medical information.