Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Fabulous Friend Machine: A Must Read.



About 6 months ago one of my "ahead of the trends" co-workers (we'll call her 'Kelli the Great') invited me to her desk to check out some of her new books. I'm SO glad I took the time to check our her collection.  This one, in particular, fits perfectly with the electronics soap box I'm often standing on. This book is an excellent way to teach people of all ages the dangers of internet and cell phone use. 

Here's an example of why we should be concerned:


Found this little gem at Chapters the other day.  A toy phone for your 6 month old - SERIOUSLY!?   As a parent I understand why this is the perfect gift - I know for certain my 3 and 6 year old would fight over this.  Everyone wants their own phone.  The big picture question we need to ask ourselves is: do we want to teach our infants and toddlers that having a phone is cool?


Enter Popcorn; the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks Farm...





What makes Popcorn special is that she is wonderfully kind and fabulously helpful.  
Everyone at the farm loves Popcorn!


"One morning, while Popcorn was visiting the horse, she was dazzled by a light in the corner"
"It was coming from a tiny little screen.  And on the tiny screen was an even tinier envelope."



I'm sure we can all relate to what happens next - Popcorn is sucked into a whole new world by her dazzling new phone.  Popcorn goes to morning tea with her friends as usual, but, she is so busy sending messages she doesn't even look up to say hello!

The cows don't get to hear her stories at milking time AND she almost gets run over crossing the road!


Of course, the end of the story teaches Popcorn and her readers a valuable lesson about internet safety.  Want to find out what happens!? You will have to buy the book OR watch this Youtube video :)


click on the picture to watch Eva read the book for you 


 What do you think?  Is this a must read or what!?  
Please share this book with your friends, family and students; its message is so very valuable.



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Monday, September 11, 2017

See You Later Pop Up Pirate...Toilet Trouble Has Arrived!!



It's been way too long since my last post.  I have been writing posts in my imagination for months now.  I stumbled upon this amazing game and decided the time had come for me to post something...

QUICK UPDATE:
My little family has had quite the summer.  We bought a house (95% signed and sealed) in the spring and went so far as to take a family picture in front of it with my entire family (parents, grandparents, sisters, husbands, great-grandparent and kids)....the deal fell through soon after.  We pushed forward and found a different house we loved and subsequently spent the entire summer moving and renovating.  In addition to this - anything that could go wrong basically did (ambulance trip for my dad, eye surgery for Bennett, lost fingernail and infection for Rowen, mixed up possession date of new house (not our fault)....etc etc)  I'm surprised that I'm still standing, actually.  Anyway, no need to air dirty laundry here... :)

The Schipper family went up to Calgary the weekend before school for back to school shopping.  I saw this game in a toy store...  


...and splurged (always looking for new and interesting ways to bribe the kids I work with).  This morning I took it out of the box and brought it with me to one of the high schools I work at.  IT WAS A HIT!!  Yes, you read that right, I played this game with grade 10 and 11 students.  Today was the first day of this term's 'Communication Circles'.  I managed to organize regular treatment sessions for groups that are made up of 3 typically developing students + 1 special needs student with speech/language needs.  If you're interested in this therapy format look up Carolyn Mussel White - she's a saint and a guru when it comes to changing the lives of special needs children.

This game works well when paired with PODD!


Can you tell my 6 year old helped me take pictures for this post?  He thought his finger in the one picture was just hilarious LOL 


IN A NUT SHELL:
  • Pack a clean towel or two and a bottle of water
  • fill the toilet bowl to the fill line
  • ** ensure the game is level, doesn't spray very well if it's not level**
  • spin the toilet paper roll to determine how many times you're going to flush
  • start flushing

HERE'S A VIDEO EXAMPLE (click the picture to head over to Youtube)




Alrighty...I guess I'm behind the 8 ball here.  2.8 million views!!?? Have you guys already heard of this game?!



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

What is "Brain Hacking"?

I haven't posted since February...oops!  After my AHS Practice Wise presentation, today, I was inspired to share some riveting information I came across just a couple weeks ago.

"Brain Hacking" is how Silicon Valley is making sure you stay glued to your electronic devices.  Brain Hacking uses brain science to create apps that are addictive.  Click on the pictures below to read the 60 Minutes news cast by Anderson Cooper and watch a related PBS related video.


CLICK ON PICTURE TO VIEW VIDEO






CLICK ON PICTURE TO READ ARTICLE 


So what do you think?  Are you getting addicted? 



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Thee Presentation is now on Youtube!

Hello to all!

I finally got around to uploading and posting my presentation to Youtube.  To be honest I'm a bit nervous to post an hour of myself talking on Youtube so I've kind of been avoiding making it official by sharing it on the blog/Facebook.  But, I said I would do it, so here it is.....

Click on the picture to head over to the Youtube video!






Enjoy!

Christie 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

What's to come!

Hello to all!

Just finished an interview with the Lethbridge Herald.  I gave the web address for this blog during my interview so I thought I'd throw up a quick post letting people know what's to come...and when.

Tonight I will be presenting my beloved 'If You Don't Use it You Lose it" presentation at the Lethbridge Public Library.  The Plan is for Rob Leishman with Greenline Media to record this presentation so I can post it on Youtube.  

{Please note Rob is volunteering to do this work so please head on over to his website and check him out if you're in need of any marketing or digital visual productions.  http://www.greenlinemedia.ca/}

Back to the when...Once I have the digital file of the recording I will post it on Youtube as well as here - on this blog.

Please keep checking back! I expect it will take about 1-2 weeks to get this all sorted out and posted.


Thanks!

Christie Schipper 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Here it is: Fairy Dust for Challenging Behaviour.

By:  Christie Schipper, SLP





Well, we did it.  We actually organized and ran our very first conference!!  Here we are absorbing all of the incredible information Barbara Kaiser had to share with our group.



I'm hoping all attendees found the session as informative and helpful as I did.  I learned so much information I feel like I am going to need some time to go through it to consolidate some of what I learned.  Here are some main points:

  • The fairy dust is:  building a relationship with the child or children who are challenging you with their behaviour.  
  • Get as much information as you possibly can about this child and his or her family.  Try to understand him or her.  
  • Build trust and DO NOT give up 5 minutes before the miracle happens.  
  • Acknowledge that it's OK to feel like you actually do not like this child.  Also know, though, that he/she is looking to you to take the reigns and guide the way. You have to be in control.



  • Barbara made the point more than once: children with challenging behaviour do not sit at home and figure out ways to ruin your day.    There are THREE main reasons why you're seeing the behaviour you're seeing...here they are:


If you're like me you're thinking "Thanks Barbara - but what the H am I supposed to do when this kids is hitting, spitting, kicking, laying on the floor and/or destroying property?"  Answer:

  • You need to stay calm and in control.
  • You need to try new things and brainstorm for new ideas.
  • You need to turn to your colleagues or Pinterest at the end of the day to find some new strategies.  
  • You need to show up the next day and keep trying.  
  • Most important - and you're going to roll your eyes - you need to get a little analytical with YOUR behaviour and YOUR response.  
  • This is you....writing in your behaviour journal. 



And I already know what you're thinking now "I don't have TIME for writing in a journal.  I have _____ and _______ and _______ to take care of...."  OK.  Don't shoot the messenger.  I'm just sharing the most important strategy in learning to manage challenging behaviour.

Before I move on, this is what you're supposed to analyze, in a very short quick entrty:

  • What preceded the behaviour?
  • Which of the 3 goals did the behaviour achieve?  (see above...avoidance, stimulation etc.)
  • How did you do?
  • What worked!?  Something you could write down and try again tomorrow
  • What went horribly wrong!?  Something you could write down and avoid for the rest of time.
  • *** Is there another more appropriate or positive way to achieve the needs of the child?  If you know he/she needs attention, how could you change your teaching to give the child what he/she needs BEFORE he/she spits in your face?    
  • We're talking BIG picture.  Change your entire lesson and or teaching style.  It's a ton of work but when this child is not destroying the room: everyone else is at ease, you are a better teacher and everyone is learning more. That seems like it'd be worth it.   
Before you assume journaling won't work for you, you have to give it a try!!  
...You might surprise yourself.  

Anyway, I'm merely scratching the surface here folks.  We learned SO MUCH.  Positive behaviour plans, sharing of information, stories and strategies, how to build resilience in yourself, how to change your mind frame when it comes to challenging behaviour, how temperaments work for and against each other etc etc etc.       

To celebrate our success my little family and I went to Disneyland!! see below.  I'm quite sure Brie and Catherine celebrated with wine  no picture of this hehe.  








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Friday, April 29, 2016

Excited for Some Fairy Dust...or New Ideas!

By: Christie Schipper

Brie, Catherine and I are starting to get excited for the 'Where's the Fairy dust...' conference on May 12-13 in Lethbridge!  We are finalizing snacks and lunch choices this weekend as we get closer to the big event.

The conference is going to be 'intimate' with a crowd of around 35 people - Barbara has shared with us that this is the ideal sized crowd for her talk.  My current caseload has many children with challenging behaviour so I'm REALLY looking forward to learning some fresh tips and ideas to use for next year.


If you're still interested in coming but haven't registered yet, be sure to register ASAP - there are just a few spots left.

See you all there!!