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.


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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.....

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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!!






Monday, January 18, 2016

Asperkids. Different. Together.

By: Catherine Ball

Meet Jen.


Who is Jen? Jen is Jennifer O'Toole. She is the brilliant mind behind Asperkids. Jen is also an Aspie (her term) and her mission is to help kids and parents navigate the sometimes confusing rules that govern social interaction. Jennifer has three children with Asperger's Syndrome and was diagnosed herself shortly after her children received their diagnoses. She is an internationally renowned speaker, author and regular contributor to Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party (yes, that Amy Poehler).

Asperkids is a resource for parents, kids, professionals, teachers...anyone who might love an Aspie.

I first discovered Asperkids when I was searching for more information to help my clients with autism. I asked my friend Jen (not the same Jen, obviously...but every second girl born in the late 70s or early 80s was named Jennifer, so it isn't that big a coincidence;)) for recommendations. Jen works with a lot of kids with autism and Asperger's and she told me about Asperkids. I did a search on Facebook and then found my way to the website. It was a revelation; a whole website dedicated to "geektastic social re-education". How incredible.

I've since recommended Asperkids to a number of parents and I've also used it to help me learn about my own child with a "differently-wired mind". I have used the website to give me some insight into how my guy's brain works and how I can help him figure out all those pesky social rules that might trip him up.

What I love the most about Asperkids is that it is so easy to read and welcoming. The information is relatable and witty and frank, all at the same time. The website's motto is Different. Together. and the sense of community is very strong. I'm very glad that my friend Jen shared this website with me and I hope you like it as much as I do.



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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Cranuim Cariboo: PART II

Brie posted this week on a couple of her favourite games for speech therapy.... Cranium Cariboo was one of them.  Very sadly, it's no longer being produced and is off the market.  BUT where there's a will, there's a way.  I now have THREE of these games!!  I frequent second hand stores, post on our city's Facebook Swap and Buy as well as Kijiji.  I have had great luck so far!



...and now for a picture tour of Cranium Cariboo!


ABOVE: The actual game doubles as the bottom half of the box.  It comes with a set of rubber balls (not pictured), a purple key, and a set of cards **Speech Therapists love this game because all of the cards can be changed out for pretty much ANY speech or language target**


ABOVE: Once the child answers the question (or achieves speech/language target) correctly, he/she uses the key to open the corresponding box.  If he/she is lucky, a ball will be revealed!  


ABOVE: Balls are placed in the treasure chest chamber one at a time as they are earned


ABOVE: Once the treasure chest chamber is full. the treasure chest opens to reveal the treasure!  
TIP!  An SLP I work with showed me that the jewel is removable, she places Hershey's Kisses inside as a reward


ABOVE: What the game board looks like when all boxes have been opened




Click on the pic below for a Youtube demonstration of how to play! 


Here is just ONE example of a FREE printable option for your Cariboo game off of Teachers Pay Teachers!  



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