Managing Behaviors

Our Clinical Approach

Behavioral Change Requires Relational Security At AVCTC we believe that children’s behaviors are their best available way to communicate their state of regulation and/or current abilities. We have tossed aside the common notion that children primarily use behavior either to get something or to get out of something. The scientific community is now recognizing that there is …

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Heavy Work: An OT’s Go-To Tool for Regulating a Child’s Nervous System

Learn what heavy work is, why occupational therapists recommend it to help calm and regulate children and how you can incorporate it into your day.  If you’ve heard the term “heavy work” thrown around before, it might have conjured up an image of a pickaxe and a sweaty brow under a hardhat. But what does …

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7 Tips for Helping Your Child Transition Back to In-Person Learning

  After months of distance learning,  your child now has the green light to go back to school for in-person learning. Maybe you’re thrilled, nervous, or both — and maybe your child is feeling a little bit of everything too. No matter where you’re located, it’s likely that things at school are going to look …

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How To Help Children With Sensory Sensitivities Tolerate Wearing A Mask

How To Help Children With Sensory Sensitivities Tolerate Wearing A Mask by Thao Pham BS, COTA/L & Brittney Weinerth MS, OTR/L Note: The following information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as appropriate, with a qualified healthcare professional and/or occupational therapist. Recently the Centers for …

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Expert Approaches to Managing Challenging Behaviors

In this post I will be highlighting a variety of approaches we believe are incredibly effective for managing challenging behaviors. In one of my first jobs out of Occupational Therapy school my mentor and supervisor (thanks Elisa!) at the time pointed me to Dr. Ross Greene, specifically his book titled “The Explosive Child”. I was …

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