Parent Engagement In Healthy Schools

BY JOANNE AIDALA AND KAREN STRAIM Engaging parents as advocates for healthy schools is also common sense. Parents have political clout as residents and taxpayers to advocate for change on behalf of their child’s school before school boards and municipal councils. INTRODUCTION Schools understand that parents1 care deeply about their children, and expect that parents will support their child’s health and learning at home. As reflected in the CDC’s online materials (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/parentengagement/parentsforhealthyschools.htm), parents are also […]


The Ghosts of Forest Haven

ANCORA IMPARO BY DAVID ERVIN ■ GUEST COLUMNIST In the 21st Century, only 15 States in the U.S. are institution free. Meaningful self-determination for people who happen to have disabilities remains elusive. My career is littered with most extraordinary examples of the best luck imaginable. Several months before graduating with what I firmly believed to be an extraordinarily impressive undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, I’d made the fateful decision that I […]


Reducing the Stress of Mealtimes for Picky Eaters

As a behavior analyst, I learned a long time ago, that fixing “bad” or ineffective routines was extremely difficult. However, creating new routines was always much easier. THE REALITY VERSUS THE DREAM For so many parents (with or without children on the autism spectrum), difficulties at mealtime are a daily reality and these struggles can make mealtimes one of the least preferred parts of their lives. Anticipating another battle royale over eating can often lead […]


Effective Behaviors of Parents Raising a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

BY PAUL CURD, PSY.D. While every child is unique, it is my hope that if you are a parent of a child with ASD, perhaps you will find something useful in these voices of experience. Over the last 15 years, I have been fortunate to be able to work with many children, teens, and adults who have been impacted in one way or another by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During the time I have spent […]