No School….What to Do?
A Few Simple Ways to Beat Boredom and Prevent Behavior Problems
Now that the excitement of the holidays has subsided, it is now December 26th and you, or rather, the kids have at least one week of NO SCHOOL! The thought of entertaining the kids throughout an entire day can be daunting. The best way to combat this stress is to arm yourself with a bag full of activities. This may mean you need to fight the crowds and head to your local craft store, or limit play with the new toys that Santa has delivered so they can be incorporated as a new activity during the week. As you would plan out your meals if you were on a diet, you can plan your activities for the days ahead and be prepared.
CBS’ Director, Dr. Joyce Tu, Ed.D, BCBA-D, traveled to Boston again this month for the B.F. Skinner Foundation’s annual board meeting. Sheila Habarad, Editor-in-Chief of the B.F. Skinner Foundation’s quarterly publication, Operants, interviewed Dr. Tu, along with Dr. Julie Vargas, Bruna Columbo dos Santos, and Monalisa Leao, for the inaugural Operants podcast!
The California Association for Behavior Analysis is hosting its annual 30th Western Regional Conference from Wednesday, February 15th through Saturday, February 18th. This year, our own Dr. Joyce Tu is the Conference Co-chair. In addition, the Center for Behavioral Sciences will present on the topic: Using a Verbal Behavior Approach to Teach Skills to Children with Autism.
Reduce Stress and Enjoy Yourself More
The holidays are filled with excitement and joy. With all of the excitement comes the stress of juggling multiple holiday activities. While you may be excited, you also may be feeling stress from the unknown. Several questions may run through your mind: Will my child have a behavior problem? Will I get to enjoy myself? Or, will I spend the entire time worrying about my child’s behavior?
On December 8 and 9, 2012, CBS’ Director, Joyce C. Tu, Ed.D, BCBA-D attended the third annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis-India, in Kolkata, along with other eminent professionals from overseas and from India. The program was attended by over 200 participants, including special educators, mental health experts, psychiatrists, academics, and parents of children with autism and other learning disabilities. Dr. Tu and CBS presented two original studies regarding joint control; as well as an intensive workshop on behavior analytic strategies to develop age-appropriate social skills.
Here’s to a New Year and a New Resolution!
Hello 2012! The start of a new year always brings the excitement and hope of many possibilities for the next 365 days. We come up with resolutions that tend to be more focused on the things we are NOT going to do this year. I’d like to offer you an alternate view of your resolutions.