The News That Matters


It's that time of the year!

The snow will soon start falling~

Please make sure that your child has proper winter attire, especially for when we go on our walks! (hats, gloves, jackets, snow pants and boots)

ASD School Inservice-- BxM is OPEN

(ASD) In-service day, end of first quarter: October 21, 2016
(ASD) In-service day: October 28, 2016

Christmas Break December 23-Jan 6

For our client's who have In-School Sessions, Behavior Matters is offering to have the sessions held at the Clinic instead. If you would like to have the session at the clinic, additional session or if you would like to cancel, Please contact the Behavior Matters Office.

Extra therapy slots for Christmas break fill up fast, put in your request early.

Parent Training Sessions-- Group and Individual

Monthly Parent and Individual training groups will be offered beginning October 18 at 7pm-8pm.

Group Training will take place at the clinic the third Tuesday of each month, topics will vary. We will also use the parts of curriculum and book "Power of Positive Parenting: A Wonderful Way to Raise Children" by Dr. Glenn Latham. Please RSVP by Monday OCTOBER 17.

Individual Sessions consist of training on your child's programs, program and progress review. BCBA/ BCABA's are available every month to meet with parents; This is optional but we would like to meet with parents quarterly at a minimum. Please email your BCBA to set an appointment. If you are unsure which BCBA/ BCABA is the case manager, please email to request a time or call the office 907-726-5330. Sessions typically last 45 minutes.

Tonya Shangraw: (Alaska)

Kelly Forestal: (Alaska)

Melodie Radcliffe: (Alaska)

Rebeka Edge: (Alaska. California and Nebraska)

Liza Ross: (Alaska)

Becky Parenteau: (Alaska)

Rex Shangraw: (Alaska)

Jenna Rhodes: (California and Nebraska)

Kelley Phelps: (Nebraska)

Robert Willis: (Nebraska)

Marjoire Tarvera: (Nebraska)

Emily Radewahn: (Nebraska)

Preschool Openings!

We have a few open spots available at the S.T.A.G.E.S. of Learning Center Preschool!

Preschool A.M. Hours are 8:30 - 12:30pm

Preschool P.M. Hours are 1:00 - 4:00pm


Please contact the Main Office of Behavior Matters 907-726-5330 or

S.T.A.G.E.S. of Learning Center Preschool Curriculum

The STAR Program and Links Curriculum is used in conjunction with your children treatment goals. The program span pre-school through post-secondary grade levels. These curricula provide districts with a comprehensive district-wide solution to ensure consistency among staff, clear student objectives, and effective student progress monitoring that translates into data-based decision making.

More Details ---

Arrival: Per the STAR Curriculum, our preschoolers are working on independently removing their shoes, jackets, hats, etc., and putting them in their cubbies. Our therapists encourage and assist as needed to help them successfully complete the task and begin their day at school.

Free Play: During free play, our staff uses each opportunity to assist our students in sharing and taking turns. Staff will also facilitate group games and activities, such as puzzles, rolling a ball, and “feed the monster.” We encourage active learning experiences through play, and our therapists are able to work on individual goals during this time.

Circle Time: Our students actively participate in circle time routine, including identifying the date, counting, weather, checking into school, school rules, and singing songs. Our interactions during circle time enhance social skills and awareness of others.

Table Time: Twice a day, our students benefit from our one-on-one ratio to work on their individualized treatment plans at the table.

Art: Everyday, our students are working on an art project. We are incorporating a range of sensory items such as cotton balls and finger paints.

Walk: We walk outside as a large group everyday. While outside, our students work on tolerating clothing items they may not like, and we also include activities such as counting cars or identifying colors. Here, our students again work on getting their clothing for a walk, taking it off and putting away, and safely walking with the staff member.

Centers: We have recently begun to incorporate centers into our day. For now, 1-2 areas are designated for the students to play together and remain in area for the duration of the time. As time goes on, we will incorporate more centers and include student’s choice.

Bathroom/wash hands: Our students are working on independence in the bathroom, from adjusting their own clothing to following the steps to effectively wash their hands.

Snack/lunch: During snack and lunch times, our students sit at a table together to eat. They are learning to remain seated, and only eat at the table, as well as cleaning up after themselves.

Departure: Our day ends in a closing circle. We sing goodbye songs and say goodbye to our friends and teachers, leading into a smooth transition to put on shoes and jackets to wait for parents in a designated area.

Transitions: Each student has a visual schedule set up in the classroom. As a transition occurs, the teacher presents each student with a “check schedule” card. This signals to child that it is time to transition. The “check schedule” card is brought to the visual schedule area and placed in an envelope with a matching symbol. Student then takes the next symbol on their schedule and moves to the correct area, such as circle area for circle time or group table for lunch. Card is placed in an envelope with a matching symbol, then student waits for activity. Over the past few weeks, our students have greatly improved their transition times and we have added more activities to their visual schedules.

Along with each child’s treatment plan, we are following the STAR curriculum to work on our daily functional routines. Our students currently work on arrival, departure, transitions, snack, walk, bathroom, washing hands, working with a teacher, and circle time.

Policy and Procedures: Illness

Sickness. Please notify the therapist, as much in advance as possible, at least the night, before the scheduled session if you know that your child (or other children in your home) will not be able to participate in the program the next day due to illness.

Sickness includes, but not limited to the following:

    • Temperature above 100 • Mumps • Pin Worm

    • Communicable Disease • Chicken Pox • Strep Throat

    • Foot/Mouth Disease • Measles • Lice

    • Vomit • Diarrhea • Rash

    • Pink Eye

    Parents are asked to use the same guidelines used in a school – if a child (or sibling) is too sick to attend school, he or she is too sick to participate in his/her therapy session.

    Therapy will resume as soon as the child’s doctor clears him/her of being contagious or the remedy is completed. If a therapist arrives at the home and the child is sick, the therapist will not be able to work with your child. We reserve the right to bill the family for sessions cancelled without 24 hours’ notice.

    Just a reminder, Please call the office if your child receives ABA in the school setting and will be out for the day.


    BOO! At the Beach

    Saturday, Oct. 15th, 6-9:30pm

    17611 South Birchwood Loop Road

    Anchorage, AK

    Reindeer Farm Fall Fun!

    Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 10am-5pm

    5561 Bodenburg Loop

    Palmer, AK

    Alaska Youth & Family Network (AYFN) Halloween Event

    Friday, Oct. 28th, 3:30-6:30pm

    740 Communications Avenue

    Anchorage, AK

    AYFN offers one-on-one support for families experiencing a wide range of challenges especially behavioral health challenges. They offer youth support groups, Friday Night Youth Groups, Parent Support Groups, Summer Groups, etc. They serve the Anchorage, Kenai and MatSu areas. If you are not familiar with Alaska Youth & Family Network, please check out their website at or call them at (907) 770-4979 for more information.


    Alaska 16941 N. Eagle River Loop Rd., Eagle River, AK 99577

    Nebraska 7200 S. 84th St. LaVista, NE 68128