Try These Two Strategies Together for Students Who are Oppositional!

Try These Two Strategies Together for Students Who are Oppositional!

One of our teachers came up to me this week and shared what happened with a suggestion I made to her. She was so excited that this combo strategy worked!

Take a look!

I also want to share with you that I have now communicated with everyone who responded to our Scripting with Idioms giveaway! If you were one of the lucky ones who will be getting a book, I have ordered them! If you are overseas, it may take well into Oct or early Nov before your book arrives, so be patient!

For those who did not get in on the giveaway, again I want to thank you for your support!! We knew it was going to be fun to give some copies of Scripting with Idioms away to our loyal subscribers, but what we did not anticipate was the outpouring of appreciation and gratitude for the videos that we share each week.

Jerry and I were overwhelmed with some of the stories of how you share with others or how you use the information yourselves!!! So COOL !!! We have often wondered just where our videos go, who enjoys them and what kind of impact they have. It’s hard to tell on this end sometimes. Then we got your feedback. I’d like to share one letter in particular that helped us to see just how far and just how wide our videos might be going! Goosebump time!!!

With her permission I am sharing the e-mail that Dolores Scheelen sent m

Dear Carla,

Your recent post inspired me to write to say “Thank You.” I watch your videos all the time and give thanks mentally to you and your husband. I decided to do it in person now and give you an idea of how your work supports the efforts of many autism interventionists and other child development specialists in India.  

I’m a retired autism specialist and special educator from Oregon. After working in the field of early intervention for years, I was fortunate to get my Master’s Degree in Early Child Special Education from the University of Oregon in 1991 on a special grant for practitioners in non-urban areas.  In the late 1990’s with the increased need for autism services, our regional director got grants to bring national specialists here to Southern Oregon. I have been so grateful for all that training and eager to share it with others. I was fortunate to work in public education and in private practice, consulting and training. I also was able to collaborate with others around the state to write two open source books, one on behavior and one on autism intervention for early childhood.  

After retirement, my husband and I made a fortuitous connection with a wonderful program in Mumbai, India – Ummeed Child Development Center. Hope means hope in Hindi and Ummeed CDC indeed brings hope to parents of many children with a variety of developmental issues. Since 2008 I have had the privilege of working hands on with their autism team for about 3 months a year in Mumbai, thanks to other grants.  

I mentor the team via skype during our time in the US and I am always on the lookout for new and useful information. As your work attests, sometimes one seemingly simple thing – a single story, an example of this child, the idea of that teacher or parent – can be just the thing that someone else needs in a similar situation.  

Ummeed has grown from a handful of people fifteen years ago, led by Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy, a Harvard-trained developmental pediatrician, to a busy hub of dedicated professionals serving a vast population in Mumbai and western India. See for more. 

Two years ago the Autism Team had developed enough to launch a training program for professionals around the country. Since then, AITP 2016 and 2017 (Autism Intervention Training Program) has trained 2 groups of autism specialists, speech paths, OTs, psychs, pediatricians, and administrators. We are about to launch our video follow-up series with case-based consultation among all the participants and then do AITP 2018. 

My way of presenting things often involves stories, examples, role plays, and probing of others’ experience. So your videos are a perfect fit. Your input has reached from the foothills of the Himalayas to the tea plantations of southern India, through anecdotes and ideas that you so generously share. I can probably imagine the pace you keep in your own professional work. The dedication involved in adding the preparation, filming, and posting of your videos (and decisions about wardrobe) is admirable indeed. 

So thanks from a big fan who represents a large group of beneficiaries, many of whom don’t know of you directly, but through the passing on of what you pass on. 

Thanks to Jerry too! 

Sincerely, Dolores Scheelen  


Thank you Dolores and those of you who shared your appreciation for our information, because it supplied more fuel to our souls for what we do via Behavior Communicates!

You take care and I’ll see you next time!



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