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Changing Behaviors and Optimizing Learning Through Integrated Intervention

Educational Conference Featuring: Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L, Developmental FX Ruth Meissner, MA, CCC-SLP, Developmental FX Sharyn Lincoln, MS, CGC, Boston Children’s Hospital Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital What will be presented? Fragile [...]

By | 2019-08-27T17:33:42+00:00 Oct 26, 2019|Comments Off on Changing Behaviors and Optimizing Learning Through Integrated Intervention

Doggone It…Mantras Are Great for Learning!

Mantras, like positive affirmations, really do have power. In our case, we have found mantras to be useful for both skill development and to support self-regulation. So what are mantras? Mantras are short, positive, instructive statements full of action words. We use them to quiet the mind and focus thinking and action.

By | 2017-08-17T17:29:16+00:00 Apr 19, 2017|Behavior, Coffee Talk with Mouse and Tracy|Comments Off on Doggone It…Mantras Are Great for Learning!

A Holistic Approach to Toilet Training

Toilet training can be a difficult and challenging experience for children and parents alike, and the challenges can be magnified for families of children with Fragile X syndrome (FXS). It is not simply that toilet training is delayed for these individuals, but it often requires specific behavioral techniques that address the physical and behavioral phenotype of children with FXS.

By | 2019-07-26T17:39:08+00:00 Mar 29, 2017|Behavior, Treatment and Intervention|Comments Off on A Holistic Approach to Toilet Training

Video Modeling

Therapy is a fun, creative process – one of the reasons that we have been at this for so long! One of the challenges of being a therapist is staying on-top of the ever-emerging intervention techniques that come into practice. Not only is it important to know the best strategies available, but it is important to carefully analyze each technique for its utility and efficacy. As most strategies are typically devised or targeted at a population other than those with Fragile X syndrome (FXS), we have taken it upon ourselves to always analyze the strategies in light the FXS learning style. Most often we find it necessary to modify even the most researched interventions to work for individuals with FXS.

By | 2017-08-18T14:01:24+00:00 Nov 9, 2016|Coffee Talk with Mouse and Tracy, Treatment and Intervention|Comments Off on Video Modeling

Understanding the Fragile X Learning Style for Better Results

“Siri, what is Fragile X syndrome?” She answers with: “I’m checking….here’s what I found.” She then provides links to the Wikipedia site definition of Fragile X, the NIH genetics home reference page on Fragile X and medicinenet page on Fragile X syndrome (FXS).

By | 2017-08-18T14:11:07+00:00 Mar 20, 2014|Coffee Talk with Mouse and Tracy, Treatment and Intervention|Comments Off on Understanding the Fragile X Learning Style for Better Results

How to Encourage Play—and Why It Is So Critical for Your Child

We have had the opportunity to visit the homes of many families raising children with Fragile X syndrome (FXS). One of the common sites we encounter is a playroom or play area chock-full of every toy known to man. The parents always remark, “I bought all these toys, but he won’t play with any of them!” This exasperation is likely familiar to many readers.

By | 2017-08-18T14:43:55+00:00 May 1, 2013|Coffee Talk with Mouse and Tracy, Treatment and Intervention|Comments Off on How to Encourage Play—and Why It Is So Critical for Your Child