As any brother or sister can tell you, having a sibling with special needs can be pretty rough. First, there’s the everyday sibling-rivalry stuff that we all experience. “Mom! Sam isn’t sharing his toys!” In addition, the child in therapy often gets first priority when it comes to scheduling. “Sydney, we can’t go to the pool today […]
About Christiana Shafer
Christiana Shafer, MS, BCBA joins the NSPT team as a Behavior Analyst with experience with a broad spectrum of kids in various settings. Christiana received her board certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) after earning her Master of Science degree in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Rutgers University. In addition to doing research on learning and memory with babies at Rutgers, Christiana was also involved with practical, hands-on work with toddlers on the Autism spectrum. Christiana has used ABA teaching principles to support academic, social, self-help, and leisure skill development for individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. More recently, Christiana has developed an interest in the set of core skills, called Executive Functions (EF), that permeate all aspects of learning and educational success. As an EF Coach, Christiana has worked with elementary through high school age children with various learning profiles (including ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, and Autism) to promote academic success and self-regulation. Christiana's passion for helping children extends to supporting parents, who are their child's life-long teachers!
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“I hate school, I’m never going back!” “I can’t do it!” “ I’m not smart like the other kids.” “My teacher hates me.” If you’ve heard these comments from your child, you are not alone. Children with learning differences in particular are at risk for school burn-out. The work is challenging and the battle seems […]
Many toddlers receive care from a caregiver other than their parent at some point, whether this is a grandparent, family friend, babysitter, nanny, therapist, or other professional caregiver. Some children go to daycare, while others receive care in their home. Each situation can be difficult for the toddler and her parent. These tips will give […]