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Essential Behavior, Inc We're a locally owned cooperative of expert BCBAs dedicated to helping people with autism and intellectual disabilities craft lives they love.

To us, people can never be problems to be solved; we can all need help to thrive. We provide individualized ABA services to help with behavior challenges and skill deficits, learning needs and IEP recommendations. We teach in a fun engaging way using evidence-based methods that produce results. Improving things you care about is the point.

Highly recommend.
12/11/2023

Highly recommend.

Local parents of children with disabilities:

You are invited to attend special needs financial planning presentation
November 15th @ 6:30pm
Mission Cognition in HILLSBOROUGH

Using your power for good.
12/09/2023

Using your power for good.

Studies show that praise for behavior you want to encourage gets more results than calling out behavior you want to stop. How to use positive attention.

Great advice for parents and other caregivers.
12/09/2023

Great advice for parents and other caregivers.

Parents, teachers, and other caregivers have an important role in teaching children self-regulation.

20/06/2023

ACT providers. Rush over to ACT Made Simple or otherwise find Russ Harris to save on many of his courses. It’s a great chance to learn from the best.

12/06/2023

In-Person Conference Attendees:

We are fortunate enough to have been able to add more to our block of rooms after being notified we were sold out of our original block!

Still need a room at the Renaissance? Book your room here: https://tinyurl.com/WIBA2023Hotel

WIBA Room Block Deadline is June 21st ⏰

We can't wait to see everyone in 41 days!

12/06/2023
12/06/2023

SURPRISE!!!! We are going to have an unplanned open farm tomorrow!! 4208 Burton Hollow. ⚡️Don’t google the address!! You will come to the wrong place. ⚡️ Bring your bug spray and enjoy the cooler weather we are being treated with!! Bring a sack lunch - just please refrain from bringing any meat as we are a certified vegetarian establishment. ❤️❤️❤️ SEE YA TOMORROW! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

We can make space for ourselves to be human by thanking others for doing just that.
05/05/2023

We can make space for ourselves to be human by thanking others for doing just that.

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Looking forward to a great summer.
25/04/2023

Looking forward to a great summer.

23/04/2023
We celebrated our grand opening yesterday at the Possabilities Expo. It was a pleasure to network with other providers, ...
23/04/2023

We celebrated our grand opening yesterday at the Possabilities Expo. It was a pleasure to network with other providers, but it was our great honor to meet the remarkable families who stopped to talk about their hopes and needs. The message was clear. The very parents who inspire me often feel alone in support of their loved ones. Making it my mission that no one is, or feels, alone.

Find the Essential Behavior table this Saturday. It’s our official grand opening. Cool giveaways, great gifts for family...
17/04/2023

Find the Essential Behavior table this Saturday. It’s our official grand opening. Cool giveaways, great gifts for family times, and anxiety busting tips. If you know someone who needs help to thrive, come learn how we help.

Helping children communicate.
11/03/2023

Helping children communicate.

SAY WHAT YOU SEE!

When supporting emergent communicators, we can honor the messages that they are already communicating to us - sometimes in non-conventional ways. Many times we observe certain behaviors, and we attribute meaning to those behaviors in our heads.

[child squints and squeals with delight] I might think to myself: Oh they love this. Let's keep blowing bubbles.
[child moves away and covers their ears] I might think to myself: Oh man, they are over-stimulated. Let's get their comfort fidget and give them time to calm down.

One strategy we can use to support emergent communicators is to verbally say what we see [e.g. you are smiling] and make our best guess at what that might mean [e.g. I wonder if you like this book!]. This strategy is a one-two punch of "verbal referencing" and "attributing meaning" to what we see.

We already do this silently in our heads, but let's say it out loud and pair language to it. In the book example, I might use AAC and point to "LIKE" as I say, "I wonder if you LIKE this book!" This is one way of using AAC in a meaningful and relaxed way.

If this sounds familiar, it's because this is not a new idea! 🙂 I've shared this graphic in the past, and it is one small example of work from brilliant minds in the field of AAC. The Project Core has a lovely annotated bibliography citing the history of research behind attributing meaning to communicative acts. https://www.project-core.com/attributing-meaning-to-communication-acts/

Supporting learning.
11/03/2023

Supporting learning.

What can educators do to support us? Ask yourself:
🔶 What barriers might be preventing us from completing the task?
🔶 Have the instructions been given in simple, literal language and have we had time to process them?
🔶 Do we have the skills required to complete the task?
🔶 Are there any environmental stressors?
🔶 Are our needs for safety and connection met?
🔶 Have there been any unexpected changes?

And respond with support and accommodations.

For more expert tips on innovations in education, register for our online conference happening Feb 23-24 here: https://gems.eventsair.com/2023-reframing-autism/

[Against an orange background with a colourful infinity symbol there is a text box titled Supporting Autistic Learners. Beneath are two columns. Under the one titled 'What helps us' are bullet points listing: Rules, instructions and classroom expectations that are explicit and have abstract phrases clearly defined.
Clear instruction on what the expectation is, what “finished” looks like and the time frame I have to do it in. Receiving verbal / non-verbal / visual cues to indicate transition. Access to fidgets and sensory comforts when I need to focus or regulate. Captioned text in videos and slideshows. The option to express our knowledge in a way that makes sense to us, for example, visually, verbally, in writing, or using technology. Under a column titled 'What hinders us' are bullet points listing: Having to focus on sitting still, looking at our teacher and having 'quiet hands' when we need that focus to listen to their words. A noisy, unpredictable environment – fire drills, school bells, flickering fluorescent lighting, scraping chairs, ticking clocks, overpowering teachers' perfume, scratchy uniforms. Feeling criticised by our teacher, or that we can’t trust them to know our needs. Being made to do group work. Reading aloud or presenting in front of the class. The demands of schedules and deadlines which offer no choice and force us to relinquish our autonomy. The Reframing Autism logo is at the bottom.]

Do yoga. Get some sleep.
15/11/2022

Do yoga. Get some sleep.

Sleep is a critical component of overall well-being. 😴 A good night’s rest can change how you interact with the world by elevating your mood and improving your concentration. But in our fast-paced world, increased feelings of stress and anxiety can prevent people from tapping into the healing power of sleep. ⁠Check out our Ultimate Guide to Mindfulness for Sleep here: https://loom.ly/jdYrGGU

Recognize stress in the kids around you. They’ve had a tough couple of years and their coping skills are less developed....
15/11/2022

Recognize stress in the kids around you. They’ve had a tough couple of years and their coping skills are less developed. If you worry about your child, get help.

Young people experience stress from a variety of sources. Some stress can be positive, but too much stress is overwhelming. Tuning into emotional or behavioral cues is important in identifying potential problems.

Good focus on one of these strategies can quiet a panic attack, and perhaps reduce the intensity you feel.
15/11/2022

Good focus on one of these strategies can quiet a panic attack, and perhaps reduce the intensity you feel.

Though people mainly associate panic attacks with the mind, they’re actually constellations of symptoms, both physical and cognitive. Here's a look at what happens in the body during one and ways you can cope. https://nyti.ms/3OdbY79

25/10/2022

Don't forget! Our Halloween open house is THIS FRIDAY!
Come as you are or in a costume if you prefer!

There are great things happening this weekend in Bowling Green.  Here’s one of them.
22/10/2022

There are great things happening this weekend in Bowling Green. Here’s one of them.

Wendell Foster’s Special Needs Expo will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Owensboro Convention Center. The Expo is an opportunity for community agencies to collaborate in providing inf…

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