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Behavior Matters Alaska

Behavior Matters Team

Team Alaska:

BCBA Supervisors: Antonina Shangraw, Rex Shangraw, Consuelo Davis, Rebecca Parenteau, Maya Heim, Dale Foreman, Liza Ross (Juneau)

Lead Behavior Tech: Beth Hastings, Wendy Carrio, Melodie Radcliffe

Behavior Tech: LaRelle Swavely, Krystle Vargas, Olivia Colon, David Walberg, Michelle Thompson, Daisy VanSlyke, Christy Wasmer, Kate Fochs (Juneau), Kelly Tousley (Juneau), Julie Johnson (Kenai)

Administrative Team: Rebeka Edge CEO, Antonina Shangraw Clinical Director, Laura Smith Business Manager, Angela Marusa Office Manager, Heidie Godfrey Accounting, Andrea Kramer NE coordinator, Pearl Pena Admin Assistant

Google Group--

This group is for anyone interested in services or training provided by Behavior Matters Alaska. Behavior Matters provides applied behavior analysis to children and adolescents with developmental delays in the home, community and/ or clinical settings.

Help SOS Kids raise $$$ to bring up the Wrights Law Group

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Make a Difference Day 2014

Join us on October 25, 2014 for Make A Difference Day across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. For more than 20 years, Make A Difference Day has been the largest national day of community service.

Help us make fleece blankets where you tie the fringes (we will cut the fleece and have kids tie knots). They will be donated to the Fisher House.

Or drop off letters, cards, kids artwork to send to our troops.

IEP- Involved Educated Parent

Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During the IEP Meeting

by Matt Foley, M.Ed., L.P.C. & DeAnn Hyatt-Foley, M.Ed.

Learning to Negotiate is Part of the
Advocacy Process
by Brice Palmer, Advocate

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Events & Resources in the Area.....

SOS Kids-- Meeting are on the 3rd Thursday of the Month in Eagle River. The Oct 16th meeting topic is about puberty and sex. A halloween event is also being planned but dates have not been finalized. Diane Poage will be the speaker at the November 20th meeting. For more info about SOS Kids email

Drawing from her award winning children’s books, author Julia Cook, will talk about how early childhood providers can excite parents about spending time with their children and meaningfully engage with books. Julia’s books feature valuable topics that parents, providers and even the youngest children can relate to.
Date: Monday, Sept. 22nd Time: 9:00 - 10:00am or 3:00 - 4:00pm Two session times to choose from. Where: Distance Delivered Webinar Cost: FREE ! Individuals in Anchorage who’d like to attend in person can contact to reserve a seat. Space is limited.

Wii Club 14 & Up Stone Soup Group Friday, October 10, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Anchorage, AK

Wii Club ages 5 -13 Stone Soup Group Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Anchorage, AK

SESA and the AARC

Focus Inc

Ipad Survival/Sanity Tricks for Autism Parents: You Can Lock The Screen!!

We all know that our autistic kids love their iPads! My son loves his, but sometimes all he wants to do is open & close apps for an hour or so, and all I want him to do is play with one app or watch one video for an hour.

Did you know that you can disable the home button on your iPad, thereby forcing the kid to stay within the same app?

So your kid is forced to stay in the same game until you decide!

And you can also lock the touch functionality of the screen.

Ok, so you put on a Sesame video on the iPad. You've already disabled the home button so they can't leave the video to enter any other apps… but now he keeps rewinding the same scene over and over.

You can also disable the touch functionally of the iPad screen so, now they can't rewind or mess with the video.

Ok, so what about those game apps which are great, but have a parents button in the upper left corner that my kid keeps pressing which takes him out of the game experience. You can also just disable the touch functionally of certain sections of the screen.

"My kid will just keep triple clicking the home button and trying passwords over & over.

Well the one thing I didn't mention is that the first time you put in the wrong password it says incorrect password try again in 10 seconds" The second time? "try again in 60 seconds" The 3rd time and every time after?… "3 minutes"

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