Yes, I Sent Him to the Grocery Alone

No, I don’t mean my son, he’s only 6. I mean my husband. And by alone, I meant without me, he did have the kids. All five of them. The one who doesn’t stop talking, the one who doesn’t stop touching, the one who doesn’t stop tripping, the one who gets overwhelmed by stimuli, the […]

Can I “Lemonade” it?

Oh, the things kids say! I brought my kids to work with me on a Sunday morning (yes, it happens when you have your finger in too many pots) so they can “help” me at work. I had my 4 year old testing a couple of new materials I’d prepared to work on visual perception […]

Why I am Walking Around Like It’s My Birthday

Oh, the things we take for granted! I was supervising in the classroom when I overheard this simple exchange between Judy, an ABA therapist, and Olivia, a 6-year-old with ASD: Olivia: “Where is the iPad, Miss Judy?” Judy: “Check the drawer, see if it’s in there” Olivia goes to the drawer at the other end […]

Musings of a BCBA Mom

BCBA: Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The one who assesses, plans the course of treatment, supervises the therapists, does parent training, coordinates care among various providers, provides feedback, trains therapists…. Mom: The one who does everything! This includes: Teacher, maid, chef, personal shopper, therapist, boo-boo kisser, vending machine, handywoman, speech therapist, jungle gym (ask any boy […]

Fun with Lauri 60 Object Magnets

One of my favorite things to do is to find a single toy or object and see how many targets we can address with it. I’ve involved the awesome therapists here and we all have a ball! These Lauri object magnets are real multi-purpose items!

Welcome Gracie

On September 27, 2007 After 16 hours of labor and a c-section, I gave birth to a 9lb 10 oz baby girl. Due to the c-section I was asleep when Gracie was born. I met my daughter for the first time about 2 hours after her birth. I recall the experience as if it was […]

Welcome to The Puzzle Place!

Hello! My name is Ricky Teichman and I am the BCBA Clinical Director at The Puzzle Place Center for Autism. Some of the other hats I wear are devoted wife, busy mom to 5 little kiddos, in-house chef, chief cleaner upper and laundry folder, and RBT course instructor (not in any order whatsoever:)). In this […]