Have you heard about digital planners yet?! I was new to digital planners a few months ago. In fact, I rarely use my work calendar on my computer and always opt for a paper planner before now. There is just something about being able to write onto a calendar, flip through pages, and take notes that has always made me feel more organized. But if you've been a BCBA for even a week, you know just how much paper work you fill out daily. There is so much information to remember and your desk is always covered in to-do list post-it-notes. BCBA's carry their supervision folder with them every where to make sure they are tracking hours correctly. You also carry around a folder to record when you been in session with a child or parent, when your next reports are do, and of course the endless evaluations you need to finish for the insurance companies that are coming up. So now, as a BCBA, your are carrying all of these folders, your tablet to take data, and probably a pocketful of reinforcers. But when your client elopes, you toss of of your paperwork to the ground and go running after the child. And next thing you know, it's 5PM, you're 20 tasks later, and you have to retrace you steps to see when you left that paperwork at 9AM. It has happened to all of us.
Digital planners are PDF or JPEG files that are saved to a note-taking app, like Xodo or GoodNotes. They can be used on any tablet or laptop and promise to make your life easier and more organized! A digital planner has all the sections of a paper planner (monthly calendars, weekly calendars, contacts, notes section) but also all the bells and whistles on being digital: open on any device, no paper to keep track of or recycle, immune to spills and rips. The best part of a digital planner--> ALL YOUR BCBA PAPERWORK BUILT RIGHT IN. You no longer have to keep track of 100 different folders. Your schedule, meetings, supervision trackers, parent training log, resources, to-do lists, client evaluation checklists, report deadlines, certification numbers, CEU tracker, calendar, weekly calendar, and notes are all in one file attached to the cloud! Watch below as I demonstrate how to use a digital tablet on a windows laptop.
Welcome to Pieces Bookshelf! Each month I want to share with you a book that will make an impact in the way you raise, teach, and interact with your child. Maybe your child has just received a diagnosis and you are looking for help to understand what you have just heard. Maybe you want to feel less alone in the challenges of raising a child. Maybe you want to feel uplifted an encouraged by others who have been through raising a child with Autism. The Pieces Bookshelf is here for you to build meaningful connections with stories, authors and fellow members, online and in real life. #PiecesBookshelf
JULY PICK - THIRTY MILLION WORDS: BUILDING A CHILD'S BRAIN
Dr. Suskind 's book explains and builds upon a 30 year old study conducted Betty Hart and Todd Risley, where they followed a group of children between 0 and 3 years old from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The researchers found that by the end of age 3, children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds will have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.
Parenthood was the show that originally exposed me to the world of behavior therapy and ultimately started me on the path towards becoming a BCBA. In the early seasons, Max Braverman (played by actor Max Burkholder) works with a behavior therapist after his inflexible thinking about day to day routines becomes too difficult for his family to work through alone. The clip below shows a small example of what an in-home ABA session might look like.
Parenthood not only introduced us to idea of behavior therapy, but it was one of the first shows on television that gave its audience an insight into the family dynamic of living with a child diagnosed with Autism.
Amazon has recently announced that Parenthood creator, Jason Katims, is bringing a new series about the experiences of three young adults with autism to your TV. Amazon describes the new show as “coming-of-age comedic drama” about “three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum, striving for the same things that we all desire: To get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love and navigate a world that eludes them.” Not only will we get to see a glimpse into living as an adult with Autism, the show includes the less sensationalized female person diagnosed with Autism.
If this new show is anything like Parenthood, I know that it will touch the hearts and capture the attention of families everywhere.
At Pieces Early Learning we aren't just here for your children, We are here to help your whole family. Pieces Early Learning uses Applied Behavior Analysis methods to teach skills across all areas of life. You will be surprised to see how small changes in how you teach your child new skills, and how you continue to reinforce skills throughout life, can make a huge difference in your family's everyday success. I encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on helpful tips and tricks you can use with your family.
In July we will be launching Pieces Bookshelf. Each month, we will recommend a book that we think will help you navigate the challenges of raising a special needs child. Some of these books are written as instructional resources for raising your child, but most are aimed towards family members with a goal of showing you that you are not in this alone.