Thanks to Maria and the team of people who support families at Autism Calgary. We were able to borrow materials from the library and gain access to supportive Doctors who understand adults with undiagnosed autism.

I recommend the video, “The Hidden Curriculum” by Brenda Smith Myles. Ms. Myles unveils the teaching of important skills to students on the spectrum. She enlightens parents and educators by providing practical tips. Her ways of reviewing social stories are humorous and insightful. 


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Non Violent Crisis Intervention

Professional Development in School Divisions is designed to meet the needs of the professional. With a Non Violent Crisis Intervention Course educators learn and review ways to deal with students facing anxiety and possible meltdowns.This program focusses on staff and student Care, Welfare Safety and Security.


One of the keys to using verbal intervention techniques is to set limits using simple, clear directions that are reasonable and do not threaten or demand actions. The ability to distract and redirect a student’s behavior is helpful. Often cueing for transitions accommodates the students need to understand changes taking place. The use of “When and Then” as well as “If and Then” support student understanding of transitions coming up in the school schedule. Behavior modification techniques support work completion, for example, “When you complete two questions, you may eat your snack.”

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Empathetic Listening is nonjudgemental, provides undivided attention to the the student and allows silence for reflection. By truly listening to a student, needs can be met and adaptations to the student’s program can be made. Restate what you hear the students saying, and rephrase to confirm. When making adaptations to a student’s day, keep all decisions reasonable and enforceable.


Yay me!

So happy to announce that I get to work fall 2016-2017 with the BEST team ever! Maya Schenk, Vicki Richardson, Brooke MacNeill, Mark Traber, Spitzee School Staff You Rock! Happy to lead 008 team as Student Support Coordinator!

Training up Better Behavior takes skill building, patience, time, and a lot of love.

Jingles of Hope

Jingles help primary students face separation anxiety during morning drop off.

Thanks to my amazing coworker Maya Schenk for these little ditties.

For students on the spectrum,creating a positive start to the day includes teaching expecations for a proper send off. Humour helps make it fun.

Children Need To Have Hope. We give it or take it away daily.

ImageAs an educator and a parent I often feel like traditional discipline isn’t working. Many students are falling through the cracks. My quest in Education, continues to help those bogged down by behavioral challenges. As a Learning Coach I will support teachers, parents and students to succeed on their journey through a typical school day. Recommended reading for educators is Lost At School by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.  Dr. Greene is associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of The Explosive Child. In his work Lost At School, he offers tools to identify the unsolved problems and lagging skills underlying challenging behavior in students. FullSizeRender 11

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Intention is more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment rather than lack. Set your intention on those things that bring you joy. Do not lend an ear to those that might discourage your joyful path. Only you know in your heart what will truly make you happy. Trust your inner knowing. Set your intention. Call it forth. Do at least one thing daily to move closer to your goal. You created life as you know it with your thoughts. If you want a different result you must first change how you think about the situation. Think the most beautiful thoughts if you want to design a beautiful life.