Hitting Hurts Others – Books with Behavior Strategies

A Social Story Book that offers behavior strategies…  by Nellie Valentine Many parents struggle with their children when they are exhibiting maladaptive behavior.  Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) often have a difficult time coping





Can You Make A Picture? Hand-washing…

I was reminding my eight year with ASD to please lather his hands with soap before putting them under the water pouring from the sink-faucet.  I was reminding him that lathering with soap and warm water is what actually cleans





The Eject Button!

My daughter takes the bus to college – she is not yet ready to drive – and each day can be colorful with the many passengers she encounters.  On day a couple weeks ago she came home and said to





This Is A Friend Social Story Book

Swanky Brain’s Social Story Books: Developed For ALL Readers Feature Vivid Illustrations Help Change Behavior Patterns Reinforce Social Skills Feature Language that Resonates with Readers Fun Reading & Learning that Engages and Sustains Over Tim Check out our books at





Making Summer Fun! Dancing to “Despacito” brings Joy!

Having four kiddos on the Autism Spectrum can make life challenging.  However with the supports in place in our home, my kiddos are truly learning balance and how to have FUN!  When I am taking the kids out and about,





How New Habits & Behavior Can Form

A Creative Mind… And an opportunity to reinforce skills. My seven year old with ASD keeps reinventing his world!  He recently took all his shoes out of the closet and decided to place them in his golf cart and another





Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Adults

Here’s a note from a Mom whose son is receiving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for adults… I am so grateful for Adult ABA. My son is now in his 20’s living with a diagnosis of Autism.  When he was younger





Childhood Trauma and Health

A must-listen for parents with children with conditions such as ADHD, Diabetes, Heart-Disease or other Mental Illness or Trauma (Foster/Adopt Parents please listen)…   “The science is clear, early adversity dramatically affects health across a lifetime…The single most important thing we





Preventing Depression?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if depression could be prevented?   Please take a look at this Ted Talk documentary.    Rebecca Brachman talks about a drug that is already in existence that could possibly prevent depression and ptsd. It is a





Autism – Act Now!

When supporting my children, I ask myself one question…  How will whatever I am doing at this moment help them toward self-management and independence? The assumption I do not make is that they will figure it out on their own,