Attending my Brother’s Wedding: Reminiscing on When We Were Just Two Siblings Fighting

The inspiration for today’s blog post comes from traveling over 3,000 miles (each way) with just one month’s notice to attend my brother’s wedding.

Being in the Navy significantly restricts your ability to plan events in the long-term, which means that even though they had been talking about marriage for some time, he didn’t know when his wedding would actually be… until just one month before.

Hey big sis! May 17th, I’m getting married in miami!

And just like that, I booked a flight, took time off, and flew the 3,300 to our hometown. Continue reading “Attending my Brother’s Wedding: Reminiscing on When We Were Just Two Siblings Fighting”

To All the Mommas Out There: Happy Mother’s Day!

This Tutor in Tinseltown blog article by Stephanie Ortega is dedicated to celebrating moms everywhere on this Mother's Day 2018.

This year’s mother’s day is a unique one.

“Why?” you may ask.

Well, every few years or so, Mother’s Day lands on my birthday.

And this is one of those years.

I’ve flown back to my hometown to be with her (and for my brother’s wedding, of course) and to spend some time with family and friends.

So with this wonderful holiday upon us, I wanted to take some time to write this letter to my mom, as well as to all you mommies out there celebrating Mother’s Day with your own families. Continue reading “To All the Mommas Out There: Happy Mother’s Day!”

The Misery Found On Any Online Social Network

How To Take The Headache and Misery Out Of Any Social Network

The Misery Found On Any Online Social Network

Being on a social network (or several) can sometimes be a wonderful experience. Social networks work beautifully to bring people together from across the world. They can introduce you to new cultures and new friends, as well as help you keep up long-distance friendships and relationships. My best friend and I live 3,000 miles apart, and we keep in touch mostly via WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat.

But unfortunately, social media use is not without its severe consequences. Continue reading “The Misery Found On Any Online Social Network”

Effective Strategies for Behavioral Interventions in Defiant Children

Effective Strategies for Behavioral Interventions in Defiant Children

Effective Strategies for Behavioral Interventions in Defiant Children

Behavioral interventions for children go far beyond changing poor behavior. The development of the theory of behavior modification completely altered the way people of the time thought about children’s motivation to behave. Studies on behavior modification began with behaviorist experts B.F. Skinner and Ivan Pavlov. Regardless of their methods of research, they were able to develop techniques that behavior strategists still use today, decades later. Jay Belsky, a psychology professor, asserts, “We now have a better idea why rewards work better than punishment with pre-adolescent children.”

Reinforcement, punishment, and extinction are the main approaches to behavior modification. Continue reading “Effective Strategies for Behavioral Interventions in Defiant Children”

Master Your ABA Terminology

The Ultimate Glossary for ABA a.k.a. Applied Behavior Analysis

Master Your ABA Terminology

Hi parents! I know some of my readers are parents of children with special needs, and as such, you may have had to delve into the world of Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA. If your child receives behavior therapy, chances are you may have come across some terms you didn’t quite understand. Even though the main focus of Tutor in Tinseltown isn’t applied behavior analysis, I came across this ABA glossary by Tameika Meadows and wanted to share it with you all to give you some tools for navigating the world of ABA.

This glossary is a collection of ABA terms that are helpful to know as a professional or parent. Continue reading “Master Your ABA Terminology”