Saturday, May 29, 2021

New CEU now ready!!


  1. Participants will gain an understanding of common comorbid diagnoses associated with Autism (ADHD, Depression, and ODD). 

  2. Participants will gain an understanding of how mental health and Autism interact. 

  3. Participants will gain an understanding of how parent’s mental health and competing contingencies impact treatment.

  4. Participants will gain an understanding of the boundaries for ABA therapists treating comorbid conditions and effective treatment methods.

Link for CEU $35

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Research Opportunity

 I am so excited we got IRB approval (the ethics board) for our research!! We spent several years researching and creating this assessment and now we are ready to do our own research to prove it's effectiveness!

We are excited to launch the opportunity! We are looking for 3-4 participants.
Criteria for participation:
1. not currently getting ABA services
2. ages 16+ with a developmental disability
3. full conversation skills
4. able to practice skills over video chat without additional support
5. working toward vocational and independent living
6. able to commit to 3 hours per week for 8 weeks
The purpose of the study is to prove the effectiveness of the STAR assessment for developing adult independent living skills. Participation will be free of charge and no additional compensation will be given. This study will be done 100% over video chat. No in person participation is required.
Please contact us at if you or a loved one are interested in participating.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Improve Your Relationship with Your Child and Get Them to Listen

 ABA teaches that your relationship is critical to follow through and learning. Watch this video to learn about how we can improve our relationships and increase follow through.

Friday, February 12, 2021

ACT Therapy is Effective for Employees

High stress and burnout is common in the helping professions and this often results in poor work performance, depression, and high turnover rates!! More and more research is coming out that says ACT is effective at reducing this burnout! One workshop could make a big difference in staff’s response to the stress they experience! If you are interested in an ACT workshop at your place of work contact me! We can help protect our field!


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

There is Always Hope

Part of what I love about aba is it provides so much hope for healing!! We have the science and the research to tell us how to achieve healing in the most severe of situations!! There isn’t a human alive who doesn’t have a reason to hope! Healing is possible and proven by science!!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Self Reflection

We all have rule govern behavior that shapes our actions everyday.
"I have to always be the listener. If I talk about myself people won't care."
"If I'm not the best, I don't have value."

Maybe we have had some painful experiences in the past that created powerful associations with hurt. So now we've changed our behavior to avoid experiencing that pain again.

These patterns will continue if we do not face them. We need to recondition these associations by exposing ourselves to these fears. Through repetition of experiencing these things that we are afraid of we will begin to create new associations and new rule governed behavior.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Parent Training Video

Link for video: Parent Training

Check out this video to learn simple ABA principles and mindfulness strategies to help bring peace to your home! 

Compliance Issues?

 Oftentimes we do not need a fancy reward system. We can simply use what the child cares about right in that moment. It doesn't even need to be a confrontational thing. You can stay upbeat and positive, and let them know they can have what they want. They simply have to do whatever that task was that you wanted them to do and then they can have it! Often if we come on too strong as an authority we'll get unnecessary resistance. This is because many people pair authority with punishment. Staying upbeat can avoid that association.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Pillars of Health

When we do not have these three pillars of health in place we are fighting biology to improve our mental health.


Melatonin is triggered when we engage in our sleep routines. There are things we can do that will block the production of melatonin.

Sleep chain- What you associate with falling asleep can drastically impact your sleep.

Rules to follow:
  1. Only sleep in your bed. Do not play or be active because that will prevent you from creating an association with sleep and your bed.
  2. Do not do anything to fall asleep that cannot be independently replicated in the middle of the night or you might have trouble falling back asleep.
    • Example cuddling with someone to fall asleep.
  3. Dim the lights in the house when it’s getting close to bedtime.
  4. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time 7 days per week.

If you follow these rules and engage in a daily bedtime routine your body will naturally produce melatonin when you start engaging in this routine. If you do not have a routine your body will not know when to start producing melatonin.

Research shows that sleep issues can cause mental problems even leading to mental health diagnoses.

Note taking melatonin can help in the short term but it does mess your body’s natural ability to produce the chemical. Your body will start producing less melatonin because it will think it doesn’t need to produce it. This will lead to you needing to take more melatonin over time to get the same effects. Taking melatonin should be a short term solution while getting a sleep routine established or avoided all together.

Lack of sleep amplifies symptoms of mental health diagnoses.

So if you struggle with depression and then get a lack of sleep your symptoms would be worse that following day.

If lack of sleep becomes a chronic pattern the symptoms would also become more dominant and more ingrained in your behavioral repertoire and likely to continue longer even after proper sleep is achieved.


Sugar and Refined Starches (white bread, pasta etc..)

  • 23% more likely to develop anxiety and depression if eating a diet high in sugar (study used 70,000 people)
  • In another study participants with depression switched to a sugar free, no refined starches
  • 32% of the participants became symptom free and were no longer diagnosable.
  • All participants reduce depression symptoms and anxiety symptoms, and increased energy levels.

Neurochemicals are used to process emotions and for your brain to function and communicate.

Magnesium and omega-3 is needed to relay those signals from your brain to your body. About half of Americans do not have enough magnesium and omega-3 for their brain to function well. Lack of nutrition can lead to oxidative damage (this damages brain cells).

Research is showing there is a link between oxidative damage and depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dementia, and bi-polar.

Gut health impacts the brain and it’s ability to communicate with the body as well.

Lack of nutrition also causes gut issues. Bacteria in our gut produces neurotransmitters such as serotonin that will help mental health issues. Lack of nutrition will prevent those mental health neurotransmitters from being produced.

Studies have been done where they take microbes from depressed humans' guts and transplant them into rodents. The rodents then display symptoms of depression and chemical imbalances.


In order to get mental health benefits from exercise you should do it 3-5 days a week.

Studies have shown that exercise can serve as treatment for even chronic mental health disorders such as depression, ADHD, PTSD, dementia, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Studies show in some cases exercise has the same or better effect than medication.

Exercise helps your neurotransmitters communicate, signal, grow and connect. Exercises also helps with the delivery of oxygen and nutrients.

Exercise produces neurochemicals that fight mental health issues.

Exercise specifically benefits the hippocampus. This means regular exercise will result in improved memory, emotional regulation and an increased ability to learn new information.

Risks of not exercising
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol, high blood pressure
  • Increased risk for mental health problems and increased likelihood of being diagnosed
  • Decreased emotional regulation
  • Decrease memory
  • Increased ADHD symptoms
  • Decrease executive functioning
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers such as colon, breast and uterine
  • Increase risk of developing osteoporosis

New CEU now ready!!

  Objectives:  Participants will gain an understanding of common comorbid diagnoses associated with Autism (ADHD, Depression, and ODD).  Par...