PACES, LLC

PACES, LLC Welcome to P.A.C.E.S., a one-stop clinic to serve your child’s needs. We specialize in autism spectrum, developmental, and other childhood concerns.
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The New Year has begun and for many it's a time of reflection and goal setting. These are important skills for our child...
01/07/2021

The New Year has begun and for many it's a time of reflection and goal setting. These are important skills for our children to learn as well. Reflection and introspection are components of executive functioning skills. These skills allow us to plan, problem solve, react, and change our behavior or actions in order to successfully complete a task or activity..

Many times medical appointments and/or therapy focuses on areas of challenge or delay with little or no acknowledgement of strengths. When setting goals in therapy, or for the new year, it is vital to build upon the skills that are already present and find a strong motivator to keep us going when it gets tough.

Head on over to our blog to find a worksheet can help your child or family reflect together, or individually, about what was learned last year, where improvement is still needed, and what are the strengths and motivators you can use to make achieving goals a little easier.

https://pacesllcga.com/blog

Praxis is sometimes, incorrectly, called motor planning. Praxis is the combination of ideation, motor planning, executio...
01/06/2021

Praxis is sometimes, incorrectly, called motor planning. Praxis is the combination of ideation, motor planning, execution, feedback, and adaptation to complete a task. When a child has difficulties with praxis the terms dyspraxic, dyspraxia, or poor motor planning may be used. When children struggle with praxis they may:

*be slow to achieve developmental milestones
*avoid tasks requiring good manual dexterity
*have increased clumsiness
*be messy eaters
*have difficulty riding a bike
*lack of or limited imaginative play
*difficulties coordinating both hands together
*difficulties during PE or recess
*high levels of movement, limited concentration (ADHD-like)
*slow to complete class work
*problems with self-help skills such as using cutlery, dressing or tying shoelaces

#whatsthewordwednesday

It's another #TeamMemberTuesday!!!!Today we are featuring Ms. Ashley Howell, RBT. Ashley is a recent graduate from Augus...
01/05/2021

It's another #TeamMemberTuesday!!!!

Today we are featuring Ms. Ashley Howell, RBT. Ashley is a recent graduate from Augusta University and one of our fabulous RBTs! She said her favorite part of her job is seeing a child improve on a skill they have been working on in ABA.

It's a new year. A time where many are focused on setting goals (big and small), trying new things, committing themselve...
01/05/2021

It's a new year. A time where many are focused on setting goals (big and small), trying new things, committing themselves to new habits, and generally pushing forward with all their energy. For most of us this pace is difficult to maintain and it's important to remember that rest is necessary for progress too. It's not just the adults that need breaks, our children need rest too. The holiday's filled with family gatherings or activities (maybe not this year) can be really stressful and overwhelming for many of the children (and their caregivers) seen at PACES. Before returning to school or work we all need a break to recharge so we can be our best selves.

#MondayMotivation a day late, taking our own advice to rest.

It's #TeamMemberTuesday and we are spotlighting our RBT Braxton Ramsey! Ms. Braxton says she enjoys seeing the children ...
12/29/2020

It's #TeamMemberTuesday and we are spotlighting our RBT Braxton Ramsey! Ms. Braxton says she enjoys seeing the children flourish. Making a huge impact on their day-to-day lives puts a smile on her face. This is a goal of PACES and she is proud to be part of this team!

Today is #FunFriday, and we have another game to share all the ways it can be utilized!In Guess Who? each player chooses...
12/25/2020

Today is #FunFriday, and we have another game to share all the ways it can be utilized!

In Guess Who? each player chooses a mystery character and then using yes or no questions, they try to figure out the other player s mystery character. When they think they know who their opponent's mystery character is, players make a guess.

This is a great way to work on asking questions, labeling specific objects, utilizing adjectives and descriptors, and focusing on other aspects of a person. At PACES, we use this game and will make additional rules on occasion, such as not asking about the character's sex (man vs. woman), eye color, or hair color. In doing so, we aim at teaching flexibility in how one asks questions, as well as how one identifies specific aspects of a person.

It's a great way to utilize a game you may already have!

It's #TherapyThursday! With Christmas rapidly approaching, oftentimes kids and teens focus too much on what they receive...
12/24/2020

It's #TherapyThursday! With Christmas rapidly approaching, oftentimes kids and teens focus too much on what they receive as presents. In fact, if they do not receive just the right gift, the may not be appreciative or may even behave in a disruptive manner.

Oftentimes, it is nice to use this time of year to focus on the idea of giving, as opposed to receiving. It's a great lesson for all of us to learn.

One way to do this is to have everyone in the family, children included, to make a list and purchase a gift for everyone in the family. Set a price limit and everyone must stay within that price limit. If you do not want to spend money, then have your kid or teen make something for everyone in the family. Not creative, then they pick a way of helping out a family member or a way to spend quality time doing something for another family member. There are a lot of different options with this!

The important thing is how it is given Christmas day. Make sure that you focus on one individual at a time. The first individual gets up and gives every family member the gift that he or she got for that family member. Everyone waits until all gifts are distributed, then opens the gift receive from that first individual. Then the second individual gets up and presents his or her gifts to everyone. Start with the kids and end with the adults. The focus then becomes on presenting the gift that he or she got for the other members of the family, not on what he or she received.

Not only does the focus turn from receiving to giving, everyone slows down and takes the time to open gifts and actually see what they received, as opposed to tearing through the pile of gifts as quickly as possible.

Here at PACES, we wish you and yours a blessed, safe, and wonderful holiday!

#WhatstheWordWednesday! As parents and clinicians, we often see kids engaging in disruptive behaviors. However, there is...
12/24/2020

#WhatstheWordWednesday! As parents and clinicians, we often see kids engaging in disruptive behaviors. However, there is a difference between a meltdown and a temper tantrum.

Temper tantrums usually have a purpose. The child is usually looking for a specific response.

Meltdowns are a reaction to something. Frustration, anxiety, stress, upset, and depression all mixed together can lead to an emotional eruption, which is a meltdown. Meltdowns are usually beyond a child's control.

It's #TeamMemberTuesday This week we want to congratulate Kanisha Eberhardt, QASP-S for passing her Qualified Autism Ser...
12/22/2020

It's #TeamMemberTuesday

This week we want to congratulate Kanisha Eberhardt, QASP-S for passing her Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisor exam!!! Ms. Kanisha works in the ABA clinic. She said her favorite part of her job is being there to celebrate the improvements her clients make, no matter if they happen quickly or take time to achieve.

It's the week of Christmas, and we wanted you to start your week off with #mondaymotivation (even if it is Tuesday)! Ple...
12/22/2020

It's the week of Christmas, and we wanted you to start your week off with #mondaymotivation (even if it is Tuesday)! Please remember, everyone has their own strengths. If you judge others based solely on your perspective, you may miss something important.

It's #TeamMemberTuesday!!Today we want to introduce you to Keisha Nagai, MS, QASP-S, RBT. She is currently working on be...
12/15/2020

It's #TeamMemberTuesday!!

Today we want to introduce you to Keisha Nagai, MS, QASP-S, RBT. She is currently working on becoming a LAPC providing co-therapy in our psychotherapy department. She also works in our ABA clinic.

She says her favorite parts of her job are seeing the smiles on the children's faces and watching people transform into their true selves when they come back into her office.

A little #mondaymotivation for you! Language in all its many forms (verbal, nonverbal, sign, using an augmentative devic...
12/14/2020

A little #mondaymotivation for you! Language in all its many forms (verbal, nonverbal, sign, using an augmentative device, etc) brings us one step closer to understanding each other a little better.

#PACES #speechtherapy

Today is #FUNFriday and we have a cool game for you! Ticket To Ride is a classic board game that was adapted for the dig...
12/11/2020

Today is #FUNFriday and we have a cool game for you!

Ticket To Ride is a classic board game that was adapted for the digital world in 2013. Players race to build train routes to connect cities across America. This game requires strategic planning, turn taking, problem solving, and visual skills.

There are many additional versions that take players to different countries and cities across the globe.

Check it out here https://www.amazon.com/Days-Wonder-DO7201-Ticket-Ride/dp/0975277324/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=ticket+to+ride&qid=1607715013&sr=8-2

It's another #TherapyThursday! This week we have a Christmas themed activity that can be done with just a paper, a penci...
12/10/2020

It's another #TherapyThursday!

This week we have a Christmas themed activity that can be done with just a paper, a pencil, and a number die! Don't Burn the Christmas Tree is a dice game that works on pre-handwriting skills, turn taking, frustration tolerance, and following directions.

Head over to our blog to get your own free copy of the instructions!

https://pacesllcga.com/blog

#WhatstheWordWednesday! When talking to therapists about sensory troubles your child is experiencing you may here the te...
12/09/2020

#WhatstheWordWednesday! When talking to therapists about sensory troubles your child is experiencing you may here the terms "sensory processing" or "sensory modulation" difficulties.

Sensory Processing describes the process in which the body receives and interprets information from the five senses. When this process is affected the body and/or brain misinterprets this information in a disorganized manner. This disconnect can present itself in multiple ways.

One such way is Sensory Modulation difficulties. This describes a child's reaction or response to the sensory input received. A child with sensory modulation difficulties will react more intensely then expected or seem to have little to no reaction.

#sensoryprocessing #sensorymodulation

It's #TeamMemberTuesday!! Today we are spotlighting Kristen Canada, M.Ed, LAPC, QASP-S. Ms. Kristen is our Counselor and...
12/08/2020

It's #TeamMemberTuesday!! Today we are spotlighting Kristen Canada, M.Ed, LAPC, QASP-S. Ms. Kristen is our Counselor and also works with our ABA program. She says her job is the best because she gets to help children overcome challenges through fun activities and games; playing is her work!

Small steps or paces 😉 Take one at a time or a few or go for a short jog - each of the clients we see at PACES are on th...
12/07/2020

Small steps or paces 😉 Take one at a time or a few or go for a short jog - each of the clients we see at PACES are on their own individual path and will travel at his/her own speed.

Take a second today to celebrate the little steps; be joyous that even a tiny bit of progress was made. Each inch of ground covered is proof that forward motion is occurring.

In the comments below list a small step that you, your child, or your family has made this week.

#mondaymotivation #PACES

12/01/2020

It’s Team Member Tuesday! Meet our BCBA, Lindsy Hymel, MA, BCBA. Lindsy was born and raised here in Augusta, Ga! She and her husband enjoy getting outdoors, going to concerts, and eating good food. They are expecting twin boys in February! One thing Lindsy loves about her job is the relationships she builds with her clients and her clients families. “It’s rewarding seeing how ABA can positively impact the whole family”. #ABA #PACESLLC #AUGUSTAGA

11/30/2020

Motivational Monday! As providers, we are constantly brainstorming unique and individualized ways to help our learners! #ABA #PACESLLC #AugustaGa

With Thanksgiving this week, our posts are running a bit behind. Please forgive me!For “Fun Friday” (day late, Thanksgiv...
11/29/2020

With Thanksgiving this week, our posts are running a bit behind. Please forgive me!

For “Fun Friday” (day late, Thanksgiving edition) we want to share with you one of our favorite games for teaching how all behaviors have a consequence, whether it’s a positive or negative consequence. Consequences introduces or reinforces the idea that there are consequences for all actions and behaviors.

This game is a fun way to demonstrate that there are consequences for all action and behavior. Each card has an everyday task or behavior that results in a forward or backward move. There are blank cards to even create your own action or behavior with positive and negative consequences.

What's the Word Wednesday!Oftentimes, from a behavioral perspective, we talk about being "proactive" as opposed to react...
11/25/2020

What's the Word Wednesday!

Oftentimes, from a behavioral perspective, we talk about being "proactive" as opposed to reactive to reduce disruptive and challenging behaviors in our clients and children. Proactive Strategies are interventions which are used on an ongoing basis in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of a challenging behavior occurring. Being proactive means doing something BEFORE the behavior occurs in an effort to prevent the challenging behavior. Reactive Strategies are interventions which are used only once the behavior occurs. They are consequences (or reactions) to the behavior.

Proactive behavior intervention strategies include designing routines, implementing silent signals, assigning tasks, and setting expectations. These strategies help encourage positive behaviors from individuals while simultaneously suppressing negative behaviors.

It's Team Member Tuesday.....a day late 😂!!! Meet Dr. Stephanie Northington, Ph.D., our Clinical Psychologist! Dr. Steph...
11/25/2020

It's Team Member Tuesday.....a day late 😂!!!

Meet Dr. Stephanie Northington, Ph.D., our Clinical Psychologist! Dr. Stephanie says that her favorite part of her job is when a client is able to start communicating more effectively and utilize coping skills all on their own. Oftentimes, clients will thank Dr. Stephanie for helping them, and it makes Dr. Stephanie happy to remind the client that they are the ones that did the work. It takes work on everyone's part to make the therapeutic relationship work! "It's my goal to work myself out of a client. Once the client can use the skills themselves, they no longer need me. It's a great feeling to see a client be successful in meeting their goals and utilizing their coping skills!"

To learn more about our Psychologists, Counselors, and the other staff at PACES, check out our Meet the Team webpage https://pacesllcga.com/meet-our-team

Here's some Monday Motivation to start the week off right. Psychology often gets mistaken for simply "talking" about one...
11/23/2020

Here's some Monday Motivation to start the week off right.

Psychology often gets mistaken for simply "talking" about one's problems or stressors. There's so much more that falls under the umbrella of psychology. However, a part of what we do when engaged in therapy is to build a collaborative relationship built on mutual trust and understanding. The relationship between therapist/counselor and client is a cooperative one.

11/20/2020

We are actively seeking a BCBA who is open minded and flexible to work with a interdisciplinary team! We're a growing company, and you will grow as we grow! We've grown our ABA program tremendously since April, and we're looking for someone to help us keep growing!

If you're interested, please let us know, and we will give you additional information! Start date is flexible between now and January 2021!

Therapy ThursdayThanksgiving is next week and many children are starting to talk about this holiday. Check out our blog ...
11/19/2020

Therapy Thursday
Thanksgiving is next week and many children are starting to talk about this holiday. Check out our blog for a fun cognitive language activity to do with your 3-7 year old!

https://pacesllcga.com/blog

What's that Word Wednesday! The term "language" is two fold: one part (receptive language) is understanding the words or...
11/18/2020

What's that Word Wednesday!

The term "language" is two fold: one part (receptive language) is understanding the words or actions of others and understanding the meaning of what is said, read, or done. The second part (expressive language) is the ability to respond and put thoughts into words, sentences, or actions in an appropriate manner.

It's Team Member Tuesday!!! Meet Allison Baxter, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, our Speech Therapist! Miss Allison says that her favorit...
11/17/2020

It's Team Member Tuesday!!!

Meet Allison Baxter, M.Ed. CCC-SLP, our Speech Therapist! Miss Allison says that her favorite part of her job is when a client who has been struggling with a speech/language concept, like using a certain letter sound or putting lots of words together, is able to show that skill independently to a parent or caregiver. "It's always exciting to see someone carry over that skill outside of the clinical setting!"

To learn more about our SLP and the other staff at PACES, check out our Meet the Team webpage https://pacesllcga.com/meet-our-team

Here's some Monday Motivation to start the week off right. Speech is about so much more than just speaking. It is also a...
11/16/2020

Here's some Monday Motivation to start the week off right.

Speech is about so much more than just speaking. It is also about taking in speech from others and understanding what is being said.

Today's Fun Friday Game is = Spot It!This award winning game is a go to for our occupational therapist. Many skills can ...
11/13/2020

Today's Fun Friday Game is = Spot It!

This award winning game is a go to for our occupational therapist. Many skills can be addressed while playing this family friendly game. Visual, attentional, fine motor, social, and emotional skills development are often the focus of this activity.

You can make the game easier by taking turns making matches (decreases stress) or laying out cards with matches that have large pictures (decreases visual difficulty).

For a greater challenge increase the number of matches needed (increased visual difficulty) or implement additional rules such as you cannot move/speak unless you have a match (challenges impulse control).

There are many different versions of Spot It! available to play. Pictured here is the classic edition, but your family may enjoy Spot It! Jr, the Nemo or Frozen editions, or work on academic skills with the shapes/numbers or alphabet versions!

In the comments below, let us know if you've ever played Spot It! and what edition is your favorite!

Therapy Thursday - Thanksgiving DinnerIt's November and that means THANKSGIVING DINNER (lunch or breakfast)! Classic fea...
11/12/2020

Therapy Thursday - Thanksgiving Dinner

It's November and that means THANKSGIVING DINNER (lunch or breakfast)! Classic feasts include turkey, ham, potatoes of all kids, green vegetables, breads, pies...makes our mouth water just thinking about it.

However, many children may struggle to enjoy this meal for various reasons. Sensory challenges are often a cause of distress for children during holiday meals. Below are some tips for each sensory system:

Visual (Sight): Some children become overwhelmed when the visual space is too busy. Try putting 2-4 food choices (depending on age and diet) on their plate instead of a little bit of every dish.

Tactile (Touch): If the dining table is too crowded, some children may become fearful of being bumped/touched by those next to them. Set up a separate space where they can eat nearby like a kids table.

Olfactory (Smell): Some children are sensitive to the smells of foods. If the weather and/or space allows, have your child sit next to an open window during the meal to decrease the intensity of the smell.

Auditory (Hear): The clacking of silverware or noise of chewing can sometimes be bothersome. Playing music in the background or through headphones can help a child tune out these sounds.

Gustatory (Taste): This can be the most difficult sensory system during a holiday meal. It is wonderful to have an adventurous eater who enjoys trying new things, especially when made by a guest, but not all children are able to do this. During holiday meals respect your child's body and mind by allowing them to choose what foods they want to eat or try and let them know it is okay if they don't like something. Also remember that it is okay if your child does not eat a full meal. They have breakfast, lunch, and snacks (if it's a t-giving dinner) to get the rest of their calories/nutrition for the day as well as other meals during the rest of the week.

Hope these tips give you some ideas to make this Thanksgiving meal the best one yet!

Comment below what your favorite T-giving dish is!

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(706) 842-3279

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Any ideas??
Do you guys offer in home aba?
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