RCS and Mini-Miracles Form Partnership with Fisher College

September 10, 2018

RCS and Mini-Miracles Form Partnership with Fisher College

Natick, MA., September 10th, 2018 — Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Behavioral & Educational Consulting and Mini-Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center have partnered with Fisher College to offer its staff college-level education at a reduced cost.

The Fisher College partnership gives employees at RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting and Mini-Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center an opportunity to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Early Intervention or an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, both with a significant discount on their tuition. The partnership, through the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies at Fisher College, is an exciting opportunity for the employees to gain hands-on career experience as they work to further their education in the same field.   

“We are thrilled with this new partnership with Fisher College,” said RCS Chief Clinical Specialist, Colleen Yorlets, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA. “The quality and convenience of this program makes it ideal for anyone looking to further their education in these areas,” said Yorlets.

RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting is the leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment services for children and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. Specializing in services that span across a child’s lifetime and various developmental stages, RCS prides itself in ensuring each child reaches his/her potential. The spectrum of services include the state contract as a Specialty Provider for Early Intervention, Early Childhood services, including an innovative Integrated Preschool Program, social skills groups, Clinic-based sessions, and direct ABA, in-home services. Other Exceptional services for children, individuals, families and school districts include; direct ABA, in-home and school based services, transitional support, IEP development, district wide educational and behavioral design, classroom consultation and training. Operating for more than 20 years, RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting has provided the highest quality services through highly trained and educated providers in the field of ABA and Early Childhood, supporting over a 1000 children and individuals along the North Shore and throughout Massachusetts. General Consulting offices are located in Natick and Framingham. The Early Childhood Office and Clinic is located in Woburn, MA. More information is available at www.rcsconsultingne.com/          

Mini-Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center students come from many communities within the Metrowest region, allowing the center to offer a diverse learning environment for all children (from infants to pre-k). In collaboration with highly-skilled clinical executives from parent organization, Realizing Children’s Strengths, Mini-Miracles’ curriculum is unique and multi-sensory with the goal of connecting children to new concepts using the four main modalities of learning; visual, auditory, movement and touch. For more information, to enroll in Mini-Miracles Early Education & Childcare, please visit www.minimiracleschildcare.com

Tantrums In Public

Written By:  Allison Genovese M.S. ABA, BCBA, LABA

We have all been there.  Standing in the middle of a department store trying to stay calm when your child is laying sprawled out on the floor, screaming louder than a fire alarm, all because you said “no” to purchasing another batman figurine that would likely be forgotten about, even before you arrive home!

So, what do you do?  Breathe? Yes, that sounds good.  Cry?  Maybe.  Walk away and pretend that ill-behaved child is not yours?  Tempting, but no.  Give in and get that silly toy because you would pay anything at this point to avoid this public embarrassment?  Sounds better by the second but you know if you do it this time, this horror show will likely occur every time you go out.  Pick up your wailing child in defeat, put down the items you were hoping to purchase, walk out of the store with your head held low and pretend to not see those eyes looking at you?  Yup, we have all been there.

While this experience is somewhat of a rite of passage for new parents and not completely avoidable, there are some simple steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of it happening; as well as some good tips to give you the confidence to come out of it unscathed should you find yourself in that situation.

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The best way to deal with tantrums in public? Don’t! 

Before you take your child out in public make sure he or she is well rested, well fed and knows the expectations of both the outing and his or her behavior.

Skipping naptime to take a quick trip to the grocery store instead=not ideal!  Although it is often tempting to run that one extra errand, think twice about it if you know your child is getting tired and hungry.   The errand that was supposed to take 2 minutes can quickly take 20 if it ends in a meltdown.  So, if possible just head home, regroup and revisit later in the day.  You won’t regret it!

Setting clear expectations is key but often something we all forget to do.  In today’s world, we are rushing around without thinking twice. You go into auto-pilot as you strap your child in and head to the local pharmacy.  However, your child’s active imagination may be thinking they are on their way to an amusement park and you can bet that when they arrive somewhere else the tears will come too!  So, it is key to remember to take the minute to explain to your child where you are going, what you are going to do when you get there, how long you will be there, what you expect them to do when you say it is time to go, and the overall expectations for their behavior while out.  Consider putting a small sticker or note on your steering wheel or front door as a reminder.

Practice makes perfect: 

There are definitely some triggers when it comes to tantrums in public. One common trigger is denied access.  This can be in the form of being told “no” when they pass something they want in a store or being told “no” when they ask to go somewhere else (like the toy aisle).  If you identify these as triggers for your child, then practice and work on them in more controlled and comfortable situations like your own home!  Talk about it, set clear expectations for when your child will or will not get to choose an item from a store, and role play.  Reinforce your child when they meet the expectations-something as simple as praise, a hug from you, high-fives or maybe even a sticker, depending on your child’s preference.  Make it fun!  Once they are doing well with it at home, try it out in public-pick a small, uncrowded place to start then once your child is doing well, you are ready to conquer the real-world situations!  Bring it on Chucky Cheese!

Another common trigger is that dreaded 4-word phrase, “It’s time to go”!   No one likes to leave a favorite place but it is part of every single outing.  So, to avoid the bye-bye break down, first, give your child a warning of 1-5 minutes prior to leaving a preferred place.  This gives them time to try take one last turn or finish up their current activity.  It also gives them time to process what is coming next.  The next step is sticking to it. If you say it, you have to do it, otherwise it is very confusing when sometimes 5 minutes means an hour and other times it means 5 seconds.  Set a timer on your phone if that helps them follow through.  When the time is up, it’s time to go, simple as that.  As mentioned above, practice this at home first and then at small public places where you will not be scrutinized if it ends with you carrying your crying child out.  Identify reinforces for when your child successfully leaves an area and also try to plan your schedule accordingly.  Is your child leaving the awesome museum to get the flu shot?  You can pretty much bank on a tantrum here.  Instead, try to get less preferred activities out of the way first, or at least not scheduled directly after something really preferred.

Divided attention can also be to blame for those public breakdowns.  Does your child jump to hysterics when your attention shifts from her every word to having a conversation with the neighbor you ran into at the post office?  Once again, this is a skill that can be worked on when at home by setting the expectation for what your child should do when you are talking to someone else. You can teach them how to get your attention appropriately (“excuse me!”) and then role play a bit.  This is a tough concept for most kids to grasp, especially first born and only children who truly believe the world revolves around them-because it does!  Just keep in mind, if your child cannot consistently tolerate divided attention at home, they won’t miraculously be able to do it in public without a little work first.

Ok so the moment of truth is upon us.  Despite your best efforts and working on everything mentioned above, you are here, in the middle of the department store with your screaming child thrashing and bawling on the floor beside you.  What do you do?

  1. Quickly assess the situation:  Why is he or she doing this?
    1. Is it because you said no or used the above mentioned 4-word phrase, “It’s time to go”?
      • If so, follow through. No means no and there is no backing down now.  Doing so would simply reinforce this behavior which would make it more likely to happen again and again. So, gather your screaming child, restate the expectations calmly and walk past that coveted batman toy and don’t look back.  If it is in response to having to leave, pick up your child and leave.  Do not let this behavior delay having to leave.
    2. Is it because you are talking to that neighbor you unexpectedly ran into?
      • Finish your sentence-even If you child has quickly transformed to a puddle on the ground. Remind your child of the correct way to get your attention and do not let that tantrum be the way he or she reclaims your undivided attention.
    3. Is it because your child does not want to be there? He was finished with the grocery store the moment you walked in the door!
      • This one takes some courage. It is important that your child’s behavior does not become their way of getting to leave places they do not want to be, so you have to ride this one out.  Make it clear that you are leaving on your terms, when you are done doing what you need to do and not because of their behavior. Keep your head held high as you walk through the aisle with your child screaming in the cart, smile at those who may be staring… chances are they have been in your shoes before and are just happy it is you and not them…this time!  Do not get discouraged and trust that by enduring this you are likely decreasing the odds that this will happen again in the future.
    4. Is it because despite your best intentions that meal or nap was skipped and now your child is hungry and tired?
      • It’s ok, it happens to the best of us. You played the odds but in the end, you lost this one.  Your child is beyond being reasoned with and the best option is to accept defeat, pack up and head out as quickly as you can.  The priority is meeting your child’s needs.

Dealing with tantrums in public is not easy no matter how you slice it, so the best approach is always trying to set your child up proactively to have a successful outing.  When best intentions fail, as they sometimes do, remember to stay calm and choose the correct approach for the situation.  You will be surprised how much easier it is to deal with a public tantrum when you feel prepared and confident in your approach versus helpless and defeated.








Camping Day

Mini-Miracles enjoyed camping day on May 20th. Along with it being camping day, it was also pajama day! Students participated in activities such as, sharing stories around the camp fire, exploring the inside of tents, pretend fishing, studying different insects in the dirt and playing games of horseshoe. Following those activities, each class was able to eat their lunch picnic-style outside. The day ended with arts and crafts and yummy s’mores!

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Earth Day

On April 22nd 2016, Mini-Miracles celebrated Earth Day! Students celebrated through a variety of activities allowing them to give back, care for and appreciate the beauty of our planet. Using a special claw, the children picked up previously placed “litter” in a fun way, then sorted and disposed of what they found in specific trash bins. Students worked together to create a nature collage using materials they found from their surroundings. They also made nature bracelets and planted flowers, herbs and vegetables, as a way to give back.

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Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd was Autism Awareness Day. Mini-Miracles dedicated the day and month to spreading Autism awareness, understanding and education! To show support everyone wore blue and decorated the center! A raffle table was set up for families to be entered in winning a trip to the Discovery Museum! All proceeds raised went to our neighbors at RCS Learning Center, a non-profit school for children with Autism.

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Mini- Miracles had their MASSIVE Egg hunt on March 28th this year! The entire school participated in searching for eggs with hidden treats inside. We would like to give a special thanks to all the families who helped make this day a success by sending in goodies!

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Wacky Sports Wednesday

March 24th was Wacky Sports Wednesday at Mini-Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center! Throughout the month of March students strengthened their motor skills through playing different games. Students also learned new words and concepts while reading books associated with sports. Most importantly the children learned the importance of teamwork! On Wacky Sports Wednesday each class came to school dressed in their team colors and competed amongst classmates and teachers in a series of wacky fun games! Everyone had great sportsmanship and a lot of fun!

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Music Day

February 2016 was music month! Throughout the month Mini-Miracles classes appreciated music in different ways. A few favorite activities of music month were playing with musical instruments, music themed crafts and freeze dance feet painting. On February 19th a generous family brought in their personal instruments to share with the students and even preformed a few songs! Being able to see, play and listen to different instruments enhanced students learning and excitement!

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Frozen Day

On January 29th we celebrated our first ever Frozen day here at Mini-Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center! The day was filled with excitement as children came to school dressed as their favorite Disney’s Frozen movie character. Each classroom visited Elsa’s castle, sang along and danced to the movie soundtrack, ran through a bubble snow storm, played on the jungle gym bouncy and read a story with a special surprise guest… Olaf!



MMCC Celebrates Halloween

On October 30th, Mini-Miracles Early Education & Childcare Center celebrated Halloween during our Annual Halloween parade! All of our students were encouraged to dress up in costumes, along with staff! Our kiddos enjoyed sweet treats, games, and Trick-or- Treated thought the business park to neighboring companies. Thank you again to IVG Metro-west, Charles River Arc, Coffee Pond Photography, and Exponent for participating in our Halloween parade and letting our little ones Trick-or-Treat at your doors! Our students had a bast!

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