Autism / New On-Line Parent Training Program: Requesting your Suggestions

We are delighted to announce: Apple Tree Institute AppleTreeInstitute.com is an Online Training program offering videos and webinars to help parents of children with autism and/or with behavioral problems. Our goal is to make the site as helpful, user-friendlyand cost-effective as possible. We would be indebted if you would view the Web site at AppleTreeInstitute.com, and share your thoughts with […]

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The Softer and Closer Approach:

Many years ago, starting out as a School Psychologist, I came across a Principal who had established a ritual; he would meet with his teachers every morning to review the day’s events and, at the conclusion of the meeting, he would huddle the teachers together and lead a chant “softer and closer” repeated four to five times, before sending the […]

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Autism and Early Intervention; What Works and How Well?

The Study Pediatrics (2009, November) compared traditional early intervention approaches commonly offered in the community (S/L, OT, Specialized Preschool) to the more intensive Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) based in applied behavioral analysis. Who was assessed? Forty-eight children diagnosed within the autism spectrum, between 18-30 months of age, were randomly assigned into one of the two groups, and assessed at […]

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A Recipe for Ruining a Perfectly Good Kid | April 4, 2013

Written by Dr. John Carosso The Essential Ingredients –Start with a fun-loving, intelligent, inquisitive child who wants nothing more than to please his or her parents. –Add-in a demanding, critical parent. –Keep adding the parental demands and expectations. –Add only a pinch of some subdued praise, and praise only for the highest of achievements. –Add a few hundred cups of […]

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