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Category: Friendship

Optimism Tip of the Week #1: Surround Yourself

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD August 22, 2023 To help improve optimism, start by taking a look at what surrounds you. Do you watch or read a lot of negative news? Do you spend time with people who are negative? You don’t have to stop looking at the news or spending

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5 ways to help your child stay socially-distanced-and-social.

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA, LBA 12.1.20 After several months of lighter restrictions, along with outdoor activity options that gave all of us more opportunities for safe socializing, now we are seeing tighter restrictions in many states and communities as the pandemic hits a second wave. In much of the

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Person-Centered: What does this really mean?

Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA  10.30.19 Let’s think about what we envision when it comes to planning out our lives. How do we make big decisions?  What supports have we had to help us get to where we want to be, or what supports could we have used that we

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Summer Social

Dr. Kaarin Anderson Ryan, PhD, BCBA.     6.5.19 Summer is here!!! Many students and parents look forward to the summer break from school and routine.  Each family has its own approach to summer planning.  Some kids go to camps or programs throughout the summer, maintaining structure and schedules similar

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Social Inclusion for Young Adults

Kaarin Anderson Ryan 1.31.19 Friendship. For many people, friendship is one of the most important things in life.  Why does friendship carry such weight for us?  What exactly does it mean to have a friend?  What does it mean to be a friend?  What are the different kinds of friends?

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Resource Review 1: Social Skills Tools

With so many great resources available to help kids and adults on the autism spectrum with social skills, it is very difficult to decide which things to try.  It is also difficult not to get a little overwhelmed with the choices. We have spent a lot of time working with

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