Vote! Vote! Vote!
Did you know in some countries voting turnout is over 80% of all citizens? Countries like Belgium, Sweden, and, Denmark are among 20+ nations in the world with mandatory voting. They make voting easier by automatically registering citizens once they become of legal voting age and in some instances levy fines for not voting. It is a resident’s obligation, just like jury duty is in the US. Compare that to 56% of the US voting in the 2016 presidential election. It is predicted that the 2020 election could turn out as much as 62% of US eligible citizens voting. The last time the percentage of voters was that high was back in 1960. Regardless of which candidate you are for or against, make your voice heard and get out and vote if you have not already!
Safety Care Training
Jonathan Peirce leads the Safety Care Training class for new Analysts and Technicians this past weekend. Safety Care teaches our staff de-escalating strategies to prevent clients from becoming aggressive or unmanageable while keeping the client and the Technician safe from physical harm. Using effective Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), the Safety Care program provides a positive reinforcement approach and the development of new skills. It is respectful, humane, and non-coercive with emphasis on prevention over management.
Sherry completed her Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders from the University of South Florida and then obtained a Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from Washburn University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She is a certified special education teacher as well as a certified speech and language assistant. Sherry is a parent of a child with autism. Her goal is to teach and implement interventions based on ABA principals to improve the quality of life of children with autism and related disabilities while working to empower families by teaching them hands-on behavioral analytic techniques. Sherry works with our families and Technicians in St. Lucie West, Okeechobee and, Indian River counties.
What does it mean? Traditionally it is a time to give thanks for the sacrifice and hard work done for the harvest. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday to be held each November in 1863. It is also celebrated in Canada, St. Lucia, Grenada, Brazil, Liberia, Philippines, and sub-national entities of Netherlands (Leiden) and Australia (Norfolk Island), just on different days than the United States. Similarly, Germany, Japan, India, and the United Kingdom celebrate the fruits of the harvest under a different name. In modern times in the US, we do not have to rely on the harvest, but instead a well-stocked grocery store, it’s more about gathering with family and friends to give thanks for the blessings of the past year. From our family at ABA Therapy Solutions to your family, we are blessed to have the opportunity to work with each and every one of you and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!