Residential Care: Highly Effective for Teens’ Attachment Disorder

residential-treatment-center A collaborative residential care and treatment environment is a highly effective means of helping adolescents and teens recover from trauma and attachment disorder. Adolescents and teens who have experienced significant trauma may develop attachment ...

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Can Distress Tolerance Skills Help Prevent Autistic Meltdowns?

distress tolerance autistic meltdowns Finding ways to prevent autistic meltdowns is always on the minds’ of parents of kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A lack of emotional control and amplified responses are characteristic of ASD, but these behaviors have not been well underst ...

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Executive Functioning Games

Students on the autism spectrum typically have some deficits in Executive Functioning. Let’s be honest, we all have deficits and can improve in various areas. Executive Functioning skills include flexibility, memory, self-monitoring, problem solvin ...

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It Really is All About You

As parents, we do all we can for the safety, security, health, and well-being of our children. In doing so, it is not uncommon to give our all to our children at the sacrifice of our own self-care. This is unavoidable for short spurts of time such as ...

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FLOW – Creating Timeless Growth and Happiness

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times … The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” (Mihal ...

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Building Confidence and Life Skills through Equine Programs

As a young teenager, Katie seemed a little shy and unconfident. She often walked with her shoulders slouched and her eyes down. Katie had been introduced to horses before her arrival at Heritage, so when she came to Heritage, she was interested in wo ...

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Simple Steps to Teach Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Effectively Communicate Emotions – Part Two

Simple Steps to Teach Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Effectively Communicate Emotions – Part Two In my previous blog (Click here) I illustrated how a parent can help their ASD teenage son or daughter learn effective ways to recognize and communicate emotions. I covered these steps: Step One: Teach teens with ASD to identify feelings based on the ...

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