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Back to School Without a Bang

By |2017-08-17T17:12:17-04:00Jun 2, 2017|Behavior, Braden on Behavior|

Several strategies can help in guiding a successful transition. If the student is going back to the same school with the same teaching staff, the transition process is easier and requires less support. When the student changes schools, neighborhoods, or programs, additional support is required.

Toilet Training the Older Child

By |2017-08-18T13:55:34-04:00Aug 24, 2016|Braden on Behavior, Treatment and Intervention|

Toilet training continues to be an important issue for families who have children with Fragile X syndrome. Several articles on the topic have appeared in previous publications. They mostly focused on introducing toilet training activities to younger children. It has been assumed that children of all ages would benefit from the same strategies, and if they were not initially successful with them, they may never make progress in toilet training. Experience has shown these assumptions to be inaccurate. There is hope for older children (from about age eight and up), but they require a different approach to toilet training. This article addresses strategies found to be most successful in this population.

Oppositional or Merely Anxious?

By |2016-08-08T08:00:38-04:00Aug 8, 2016|Braden on Behavior|

I’m often hear, “Is he just defiant, or is there something else going on? He refuses to comply, and he seems to want to manipulate me.” Children with and without Fragile X syndrome learn to maneuver in their environments in order to survive and thrive. In order to discern whether a behavior is oppositional, or merely a reaction to anxiety, pay attention to your reaction.

Public or Private?

By |2017-08-18T13:54:16-04:00Jun 27, 2016|Behavior, Braden on Behavior, FXS, Treatment and Intervention|

How do we prepare children and adolescents to access their communities,without running the risk of their being exploited, or showing affection in inappropriate ways, using sexual language that may be misconstrued, or touching body parts that could bring legal action, or at the very least a disgruntled public?

Behavior Modification in the Classroom

By |2019-12-11T12:48:36-05:00May 30, 2013|Behavior, Braden on Behavior, Treatment and Intervention|

During a recent school consultation, I was reminded of how the behavior of students with Fragile X syndrome is often misunderstood in the classroom. Watching a student with FXS struggle is difficult when his behavior is affected by those characteristics that make up the Fragile X phenotype. (See chart below.) The fact that sensory input is difficult for him to interpret or that his speech production is cluttered and hard to understand or that his learning style is counter to the way teaching is traditionally conveyed may be the very reasons he is acting out or refusing to participate.

Navigating the Road to Inclusion

By |2017-08-18T14:31:34-04:00Feb 12, 2013|Braden on Behavior, Treatment and Intervention|

The emphasis to include students with FXS in general education classrooms has been noted throughout the literature. Perhaps the impetus for this movement comes from the fact that children with FXS have a considerable interest in people—one of the hallmarks of this population is a strong desire to interact socially. This often makes inclusion more viable and increases the success rate.