A Social Transformation: Young Man with Autism Overcomes Self-Distraction & Impulsivity to Display Positive Interactions
Through explicit lessons, visual strategies, personally relevant role-playing and goal self-assessment, Max learns he is part of a Team and learns to monitor his attitude and his language to interact in a easygoing, positive manner. In just five months, he progresses from acting in an impulsive, negative manner to controlling himself to think first and choose positive words for interacting with his Team.
This year, I have been providing weekly treatment with a small group of students in a Transition Class in a San Diego County high school district. These 18-19-year-old students are involved in vocational training and learning independent living skills. I used
Just like the song says on Herb Hein's album, "Songs for Guiding G.R.E.E.N. Thoughts", it's time to "Keep the Civil in Civilization, by Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions. We can make action choices to be our better selves in a better world!
What do we mean by Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions? To make our InterActions G.R.E.E.N., we guide ourselves to Think First when we are with others around us to make our best choices to act Grateful, Respectful, Empathetic, Easygoing and Navigating (G.R.E.E.N.) .
Annette shows how the Growing G.R.E.E.N. visual strategies help her engage with the outside world.
When people ask me whether I have proof that Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program has been effective, I review the variety of positive changes that I have witnessed in the students and clients I've worked with since I started to develop the program in 2011 at the San Diego Center for Children, a school for students with emotional challenges.
I am pleased to say that after seven years of working on developing the Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions Social Literacy Program and using it in classrooms and clinical practice, the program books are printed and the hands-on items are ready for sharing with teachers, therapists, counselors and parents around the country! The program can be ordered through our on-line shop.
We are excited to share our social literacy program with you. Growing G.R.E.E.N. InterActions is an innovative tool to help people become their better selves in a better world. Watch our introductory video to get a taste of what our program is all about. Check out the on-line store at our website to order this program.
After decades at our old office, we now are able to celebrate having enjoyed one year in our magnificent new one! Much gratitude to all our clients! We also thank all of our colleagues and friends who made our first Open House a great event. A lively crowd braved the rainy weather to join us for an evening of tasty food and champagne, great music by the folk duo Jeff & Herb and warm friendship. We were also very excited to announce our freshest new idea, the Growing G.R.E.E.N. Interactions Social Literacy Program. This groundbreaking program with its Interactive Toolbox has already brought profound improvements to clients in our private practice as well as the students in private school classrooms where it was initially developed. It has proven to be effective in getting the participants to act G.R.E.E.N.: Grateful, Respectful, Empathetic, Easygoing and Navigating. We are now working hard to make it available to therapists, educators, counselors, home schooling parents and others. Learn more at our Guiding G.R.E.E.N. Interactions page and ... listen to some of the original music we've created as part of the program. Again, thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!
"New Beginnings", a new Herb Hein Music video, is ready to inspire:
I am so thrilled and appreciative to be releasing this beautiful music video made by my son, Adam Hein. Although this was filmed in spring and the video is filled with Adam's awesome time-lapse photography of nature unfolding, the message in the song is appropriate year-round, whether we are in November or March. New Beginnings from my album released last year, is a song I wrote back in 1992 with my musical partner at the time, Greg Hengesbaugh. It was written to inspire our children to never stop taking steps toward living their dreams. 25 years later, I continue to be living my own dreams helping others as a speech-language pathologist and inspiring people as a singer-songwriter. Joanne, my professional and life partner, is living her dreams giving her best to her clients and also making beautiful jewelry. Our dreams as parents are fulfilled, with our children living theirs. Our daughter, Natalie, is an architect and singer-songwriter in LA, and our son, Adam is making commercials and music videos in Hollywood as a First Assistant Director, while also growing all kinds of plants with his wife, Courtney. The stop action photography of unfolding nature is also a dream skill of his that all viewers get to appreciate. It is certainly a fulfilled dream to have Adam direct, shoot and edit this modern music video of a song I wrote and sang to inspire him and his sister 25 years ago when they were children. Click on the green title here to connect to the YouTube video: New Beginnings!
Click on the title of the album, Optimism Returns, to hear and purchase the other 16 songs.
Looking forward to next week's American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Los Angeles
We are excited to be attending the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention for continuing our professional education, procuring the latest in materials, and celebrating our anniversary of meeting each other 40 years ago at the ASHA convention in Chicago! We'll also be telling others about our social skills program that will be available very soon! For more information about the convention, visit www.asha.org/events/convention/.
On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 we are opening the doors to our new office! Please note our new address:
4858 Mercury Street, Suite 106 San Diego, CA 92111
All of our other contact information remains the same. We look forward to seeing you soon at the new home of Hein Speech-Language Pathology.
Thank you to everyone who attended to raise funds and awareness about this very special organization.
Meet the Authors
Herb and Joanne Hein