Behavioral Pediatric Institute of Alabama

Behavioral Pediatric Institute of Alabama

Serving Children and Families Across Alabama through Comprehensive Assessment and Behavioral Therapy Solutions

Operating as usual

[11/01/21]   Hope you had a Happy Halloween with trick-or-treating and making memories galore! Our friends at Liberty Park Children's Dentistry are doing a Halloween Candy Give Back! For every pound of candy they receive, they are donating $2 to support Rett Syndrome AND they are donating all candy!

04/12/2021

The summer of 2021 is right around the corner. We are finalizing details for this year's summer camps and are very excited to see all of you in person. Groups will run for one week each and will meet for 4 sessions during the week for 90-minutes each day. They will be led by our board-certified behavioral analyst, Nicole Mishkin. Your child can attend as many groups as he/she would like!

We are using a survey to gauge interest in our groups and to help us better serve all of you. For additional information or to complete a survey, please contact us at [email protected].

The summer of 2021 is right around the corner. We are finalizing details for this year's summer camps and are very excited to see all of you in person. Groups will run for one week each and will meet for 4 sessions during the week for 90-minutes each day. They will be led by our board-certified behavioral analyst, Nicole Mishkin. Your child can attend as many groups as he/she would like!

We are using a survey to gauge interest in our groups and to help us better serve all of you. For additional information or to complete a survey, please contact us at [email protected].

02/26/2021

It is our honor to participate in the 8th Annual Rare Disease Symposium through the University of Alabama, Children's Hospital, Alabama Rare, and Alabama Genomic Initiative on Saturday, February 27. Dr. Stephanie Bethke Stoll will be presenting: My Sibling with Special Needs.

This Symposium will be conducted virtually today and Saturday. Event details are below:

It is our honor to participate in the 8th Annual Rare Disease Symposium through the University of Alabama, Children's Hospital, Alabama Rare, and Alabama Genomic Initiative on Saturday, February 27. Dr. Stephanie Bethke Stoll will be presenting: My Sibling with Special Needs.

This Symposium will be conducted virtually today and Saturday. Event details are below:

ASD and Challenging Behaviors 01/20/2021

ASD and Challenging Behaviors

We are excited to be participating in the 2021 Community Education Workshop series through UAB's Regional Autism Network on January 25, 2021. Dr. Stacy Ladden and Mrs. Nicole Crabtree Mishkin will be presenting: Autism Spectrum Disorder and Challenging Behaviors.

Due to COVID-19, this workshop will be conducted virtually over Zoom. Event details are below:

Date: January 25th, 2021
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom Video Conferencing
Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asd-and-challenging-behaviors-tickets-135339049741?fbclid=IwAR2I6833j6_0LWmeghb5R6Tds6Q81zm63hgMnET-Zay_M40s_-8CA5P-Usc

If you have difficulty registering, please DM us or e-mail us at [email protected].

UAB RAN will send the Zoom link and materials on January 18th, 2021, one week prior to the workshop. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and materials.

ASD and Challenging Behaviors A free VIRTUAL workshop for caregivers of individuals with ASD. Program is free of charge, but registration is required.

01/12/2021

We are excited to be offering virtual social skills groups this winter/spring! Sessions will be filled with weekly innovative, engaging, and research-based, and data-driven lessons. Groups will target social skills and executive function skills while promoting successful peer interactions. Groups are limited to 4 to 5 students. For additional information, please contact us at 205.414.6686 or [email protected].

01/09/2021

2020 was such a wild year and 2021 is proving to be so as well! We are so thankful for our team and the children, families, and schools with whom we work. We also are thankful to the doctors, nurses, first responders, and scientists who have helped to keep us safe during this time. Thank you for allowing us to safely provide treatment for those whom we are blessed to serve!!
Stephanie Bethke Stoll Heather Zevator Lebensburger Nicole Crabtree Mishkin

09/22/2020

It's not too late to sign up for our virtual social skills groups! We are still accepting registration for 5 to 7 year-olds and 8 to 11 year-olds! For additional information, please e-mail us at [email protected].

We are excited to be offering virtual social skills groups this fall! Sessions will be filled with weekly innovative, engaging, and research-based, and data-driven lessons. Groups will target social skills and executive function skills while promoting successful peer interactions. Groups are limited to 4 to 5 students. For additional information, please contact us at 205.414.6686 or [email protected].

09/04/2020

We are excited to be offering virtual social skills groups this fall! Sessions will be filled with weekly innovative, engaging, and research-based, and data-driven lessons. Groups will target social skills and executive function skills while promoting successful peer interactions. Groups are limited to 4 to 5 students. For additional information, please contact us at 205.414.6686 or [email protected].

07/21/2020

Fierce Literacy

As COVID-19 numbers continue to remain high, parents are working hard to make the right choice about an educational environment for their children and their family as a whole. Each family's decision is unique and there are risks and benefits to both virtual learning and returning to school. This is such an unprecedented time and one in which we must rid of judgment and support one another.

We want to share a fabulous resource for remote learning facilitation. Check out Heather Elyse Parrish and her company Fierce Literacy. Heather Elyse Parrish has a strong academic background with extensive training and certifications to work with students with various learning needs as well as learning disabilities.

REMOTE LEARNING FACILITATION (in response to COVID-19 Road to Reopening School-Based Plans) NOW AVAILABLE!

In response to the COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening School Plans, Fierce Literacy offers in-person or remote instructional facilitation in order to help your child navigate this novel remote-learning world. These instructional sessions are based on your child/children’s school-based assignments and will utilize research-based strategies and instructional practices to ensure your child as much success with grade-level material in a remote learning environment as he or she would have in a traditional school setting. We look forward to helping your child in this new instructional modality.
*Small group instruction (up to 5 children) is available for this service.

Visit www.fierceliteracy.org or email ([email protected]) for additional information. We look forward to hearing from you!

#remotelearning #distancelearning #covid19plan

eventbrite.com 07/10/2020

Virtual Community Education Workshop: Feeding & ASD

Becca Wood, our occupational therapist will be leading this month's UAB RAN's Community Education Workshop. Becca will be speaking about Feeding and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Becca has years of training and experience and is an expert on this topic. Not only does Becca have a strong knowledge base, but she has a true love and compassion for the children and families with whom she works.

Feeding and Autism Spectrum Disorder will be offered virtually via Zoom. The program is free of charge, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link and materials!

Virtual RAN Community Education Workshop: Feeding & ASD
July 27th, 2020
10 am - 1 pm
Zoom Video Conferencing

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-community-education-workshop-feeding-asd-tickets-112116180514?fbclid=IwAR3bGnqbe0ISNZPHm3DoKDAqS-Q6NO4od5h85vetacv0GhoMWzkTyreXDr0

eventbrite.com A free VIRTUAL workshop for caregivers of individuals with ASD. Program is free of charge, but registration is required.

06/10/2020

Guess what? You still have time to sign up for the first session of our virtual social skills summer camp, MISSION POSSIBLE! Camp begins tomorrow! Each virtual session is innovative, engaging, and research-based and data-driven. Participants will work together to complete various virtual adventures while working on their social skills and executive function skills. The content will not be repeated- so you can sign up for either session or both sessions to get the most from this experience! For additional information, please contact us at 205.414.6686 or [email protected].

06/04/2020

Next week, we are launching our virtual social skills summer camp, MISSION POSSIBLE! It is innovative, engaging, and research-based and data-driven. The content will not be repeated- so you can sign up for either session or both sessions to get the most from this experience! For additional information, please contact us at 205.414.6686 or [email protected].

Jerry Asa

05/31/2020

Between the pandemic, the tragic losses of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, and the racism, hatred, and dichotomy that exists in our society, 2020 has been such an anxiety-provoking and overwhelming year. Everything is not okay right now and no, many of us are not fine.

We have a responsibility to create a kinder and brighter world for each other, our children, and future generations. We can start by telling our children the truth- using simple honest information. We can teach our children that it is our job to keep them safe and it is their job to help us keep them safe. We have a responsibility to teach our children to love and accept others despite their race, religion, beliefs, or any other differences. Our children need to learn that their actions impact those around them. We do not live in isolation, but rather are interwoven and connected to a greater society.

The process of change begins with us. It is lifelong and one of learning and imperfection. It is about knowing better and doing better- and it starts now.

#iheartCD Jerry Asa

Focus on statements like, “You’re safe. You can handle this. We will get through this together,” instead of dismissing with comments like, “Everything’s okay,” or “It’s not something you need to worry about.” 💛 Read more in the article, "COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families": https://bit.ly/2Biah77 #iHeartCD #youresafe

05/21/2020

As summer rolls around, we are excited to be able to continue to offer a variety of virtual services to meet the needs of your child and family during this time. We are offering:

- speech/language therapy
- occupational therapy
- psychological services
- academic tutoring
- executive function training
- social skills groups
- school consultation services

All services are being provided through our HIPAA-compliant Telehealth video platform. This means you can receive services from the comfort of your own home or even when traveling.

For additional information, DM or e-mail us at [email protected].

Jerry Asa

05/13/2020

A hate video surfaced yesterday evening on a local “What’s Happening…” site that consisted of a group of teenagers writing swastikas and “Heil Hitler” on a boy’s back. The other students were bowing down. The feed from the post started filling with comments of disgust, and that these teenagers must be punished and expelled or publicly shunned.

The word discipline means to teach. We have a responsibility to teach right from wrong and to never condone behaviors of hatred towards others based on race, religion, or other differences. We have to emulate the behaviors we want to see in others. If we want to create a community of kindness, love, and acceptance, we have to teach children how their behaviors impact those around them and how hateful and discriminating actions are detrimental to all of us and the future of the greater community.

#iheartCD

05/12/2020

Happy (belated) Mother's Day! We want to take a moment to express our deepest thanks and appreciation for all of the women in our lives. These women offer unconditional love, acceptance, and support to our children and to one another day after day. They give us the courage to be our best selves while simultaneously accepting our imperfections. They help us advocate as we devote all of our beings to this future generation. Mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts, caregivers, teachers, co-workers, and friends, thank you for all you do!

05/04/2020

Over the past 8 weeks, we have been given the unexpected gift of time. Initially, many of us felt the anxiety of the unknown associated with this gift. How long would we be at home? How would we juggle our roles of being parents, spouses, teachers, employers, employees, housecleaners, and short-order cooks?

This pandemic has forced us to grow in unexpected ways and the learning curve has been steep at times. We have been challenged to simultaneously meet the needs of our families, professions, and communities.

Through this challenge have come skills, patience, and the ability to be present, as well as a deep sense of gratitude for this unexpected gift of time with our families and loved ones.

The anxiety of the unknown is now shifting to the anxiety of losing what has become- time, presence, and connectedness. Creating a new “normal” is inevitable and should maybe even be welcomed.

Jerry Asa

05/04/2020

As the state of Alabama has implemented its "safer at home" plan, we will continue to provide all services via Telehealth for the next few weeks. We will reassess opening to provide direct services in mid-May. Thank you for your patience and understanding! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns (205-414-6686).

04/29/2020

Today, maybe a good mission is to think about the power of positive intention. We have all been stretched tremendously. Some moments have been more difficult but there have also been times of great beauty and togetherness. During those difficult moments, we become the greatest teachers. How do we handle conflict? How do we handle when things don't go our way or as expected? Those become the methods with which we teach our children our world views (i.e., glass half full vs. glass half empty), which they then internalize. It is powerful to think that we cannot only change our trajectory with approaching others and situations with positive intent, but we can also influence our children's ways of problem-solving and thinking. So, maybe the challenge for today instead of complaining and ruminating on frustrating thoughts when they make the millionth snack and do not clean up, I will say, "Oops, let's clean up." They too may pivot. #iheartCD Autism Society of Alabama

04/24/2020

Behavioral Pediatric Institute of AlabamaBPIA | Elizabeth Heaton

This morning, we wanted to highlight one of our exceptional team members, Elizabeth Heaton.

Elizabeth Heaton is a special education teacher certified in Kindergarten through 6th grade. She has extensive experience working with students with unique learning needs including serving students with low incidence disabilities, including autism, anxiety disorder, AD/HD, cerebral palsy, genetic and chromosomal disorders, hearing impairment, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and mood disorders.

Elizabeth has utilized behavior principles, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Picture Exchange Communication System in the classroom, and is certified in Orton-Gillingham instruction for reading and math and is also certified in the SPIRE reading program. Elizabeth has experience and training in the areas of executive functioning, crisis management, multisensory structured language education/sensory diets, and dyslexia.

We are so fortunate to have Elizabeth on our team to assist with our social skills groups! Elizabeth also offers tutoring services in reading and math for K-6 and enjoys assisting students with the development of their organization and executive functioning skills.

For additional information about working with Elizabeth, please contact us at [email protected] or 205-414-6686. Sessions can be offered virtually during this time.

https://behavioralpediatricinstitute.com/bpia--elizabeth-heaton.html

behavioralpediatricinstitute.com Elizabeth Heaton is a special education teacher certified in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Elizabeth earned her Masters degree in Collaborative Special Education from the University of Alabama in 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2010. Elizabeth began teaching in a city-...

04/23/2020

This is typically such a busy time of year with sports practices, recitals, end of the year events, and IEP season! The past 5+ week have been such a change of pace from our typical daily routines.

We have a choice to view our quarantine period as daunting, overwhelming, and anxiety-producing or as an unexpected time we can spend with our family at home (even through the ups and downs).

Similarly, we have an opportunity to:
- reassess our priorities
- practice gratitude
- focus on giving to others

We can also practice having patience and acceptance with ourselves by actively shifting our thinking from “I should” to “I could.” "I should" can create self-sabotaging or self-defeating thinking whereas "I could" creates a choice in a non-judgmental manner. For example, "I should wake up and early exercise" versus "I could wake up early exercise." Try it for today:).

This change in mindset, stress management, and use of positive coping strategies is an invaluable gift we can give ourselves and our children.

Jerry Asa

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