Raising a child with special needs requires a lot of love, patience, and creativity to provide a life filled with laughter, happiness, learning, and continuous child development. Bear On The Chair® helps children with Autism communicate more effectively with parents and therapists helping to eliminate stress in the communication process. Special needs children grow in their development by using positive reinforcement in the various stages of their emotional, physical, and communication growth plans.
Parents and educators use the Bear On The Chair® to help manage Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), development of social interaction, as well as to express emotions. In ABA therapy, the bear is used to demonstrate immediate feedback and positive reinforcement of a specific skill until desired improvement has been achieved.
Many Autism educators have implemented Bear On The Chair® in their classrooms to allow children to use the happy/sad patches to communicate how they are feeling and if they need a sensory break. By engaging the bear the child is learning to communicate their emotions in advance of outbursts.
The Autism community reached out to us to implement Bear On The Chair® in Learning Centers, Special Needs Schools, Public School Systems, Private Sessions, and in ABA therapy. Bear On The Chair® benefits children on all parts of the autism spectrum.
Potential Ways to Implement:
- Therapists and Educators working on specific social skills can use the Happy Face patch to reinforce the lessons they are teaching when the child mimics and remembers how to respond
- As a key focal point in ABA therapy to create positive reinforcement for the child's progress
- Children who have trouble expressing how upset they are can use the different patches to inform their family or support group of how they are feeling
- Non-verbal children can now respond to questions and share feelings using the happy/frown face patches. Do they understand what you are saying? (yes or no), How they are feeling right now? (good or bad), and Are you happy or sad today? (happy or frown)
Bear On The Chair® is currently being used in therapy for Autism over 20 different states.