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Our first spark* value pack winner (middle) at ASHA 2015 with Heather MacKenzie and Joselynne Jaques (right)

spark cover 2013
spark* is an innovative evidence-based program that teaches children how to manage and regulate their behavior, thinking and emotions more effectively.

spark* is appropriate for any child , two to 12 years of age, where self-regulation is a concern; for example, children with autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol disorder, Fragile X and attention deficit.

This book contains 44 step-by-step lessons that can be implemented by teachers, therapists, assistants and parents.

Based on well-researched theory and extensive clinical experience, the groundbreaking spark* program helps children learn how and when to control their bodies, thinking and reactions to things that happen around them. They  also learn when and where they can ‘let loose’ and not worry about self-regulation.

spark* is comprehensive, practical and systematic and provides all information and resources needed to implement the program successfully, including access to 75 resource files that include printable materials, newsletters and internet resources.

“… self-regulatory skills equip students with more positive views towards their futures, empower them to manage their social behavior, and support the development of lifelong learning skills.” – Peeters, et al. (2013)

Unique features of spark*

► Focus on three areas of self-regulation: behavioral, cognitive and emotional

► Emphasis on five major executive functions

► Early and consistent inclusion of self-calming, resilience and self-advocacy strategies

► Systematic withdrawal of adult direction moving toward self-direction for each child

► Explicit teaching of generalization of self-regulation skills and strategies

►spark* can be integrated into classroom and therapy programs as well as into daily family life.

Watch an overview of spark*

Have a look at:

spark brochure

Sample spark* NEWSLETTER No. 1

Sample spark* lesson Sample spark lesson – Behavioral Self-regulation awareness of hand control

Sample chapter from The Autistic Child’s Guide (2013) Sample chapter – The Autistic Childs Guide 2013 – Chapter 9

Dr. Heather MacKenzie is a Canadian speech-language pathologist who is passionate about helping children become the best adults they can. Her latest book, The Autistic Child’s Guide, presents the spark* program. You can find out more about Heather on her website

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