13 Nov


This conference took place this past Saturday, November 11th, and the objective was “to provide families the medical, legal, and educational information about the services and rights of their children with different abilities.”

This year, Tucci Learning Solutions had once again the opportunity to participate providing information about our program and services to the community. We also had a workshop session which was presented by Nancy Kelley and Cynthia Valencia, and we helped out with childcare. We were informed that the event was a total success so we want to take a minute and THANK our wonderful staff from the South County for all of your help.

Attached are pictures from this year’s conference in Soledad. ENJOY!!!!

From left to right: Nancy Kelley (South County Regional Coordinator), Edith Almanza (stopped by to say hi to the group), Cynthia Valencia (Coordinator), Clarissa Carrillo, Marlene Ibarra, Grisel Ibarra, and Fernando Castro.
Ismael Mondragon (not in the picture) and Marlene Ibarra helped at the resource table.
Cynthia Valencia and Nancy Kelley.
Nancy and Cynthia running a session on “Social Stories” (incorporating CLM/ABA strategies). – “Cynthia and I had a great group of people in our session with children averaging in the 10-year-olds.
Nancy Kelley – The parent group bought pizza for kids and staff, and they also make an amazing lunch for parents and participators. Children also perform with singing, dancing, and instrumental. I bought 6 raffle tickets and three of our staff WON prizes!!!


The rest of the TUCCi team ran childcare for approximately 15-20 kids. They all had a great time!Nancy Kelley – I am grateful for our South County Staff who are the most collaborative, loyal, hardworking group who also love to laugh!


6 Sep

A sillier putty

You will want to buy some…

Here is one of three unlikely success stories from Susan Spencer:

It’s no stretch to say that Aaron Muderick is stuck on putty.  “It feels great in your hand,” he said. “You can play with it for hours!”

His first love was classic Silly Putty, but that soon got old.

“I started researching, is there a way to make this more beautiful? More fun?” he told Spencer.

Which is how Muderick, a computer scientist-by-day, became a mad scientist-by-night. Borrowing some textbooks from a friend who had just finished getting her Ph.D. in chemistry, he said…

20 Mar

Teachers must ditch ‘neuromyth’ of learning styles, say scientists

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading scientists.

Thirty eminent academics from the worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology have signed a letter to the Guardian voicing their concern about the popularity of the learning style approach among some teachers.

20 Dec

Million dollar gift establishes endowed directorship and support fund for WVU Nursery School

Any Behavior Analysts and Direct Instruction Professionals, who is interested in Early Childhood Education, should visit the West Virgina University Nursery School in Morgantown, W.VA. Anonymous donors just donated a $1,000,000 to support this nursery school. Please click the link below to read the article.

Working on puzzles in the WVU Nursery


28 Nov

Austin Riley Interview

Autistic teen karting champion’s inspiring message – “just because you have Autism, It doesn’t mean you can’t do great things”

The interview with Austin Riley was conducted by Inspiration Matters () formerly known as Special Children’s Art Display in November 2016


15 Nov


The objective of this conference was to provide families with educational, medical and legal information on services and the rights of their children with different capacities.  This was a Spanish conference for parents who live in the South of the Monterey County, California.  It took place last Saturday, November 12th, 2016.  Overall we can say that it was a great conference and our CLM Team Members were glad to be part of this event this third year.

Special thanks to Cynthia Valency and Nancy Kelley for their help and support on putting together our workshop presentation for this conference.  The title of their presentation was Jugar, Aprender y LograrPlay, Learn, and Achieve and the main purpose was to teach parents and participants about a “playful approach and useful tools to create learning opportunities to achieve building successful skills”, in other words, “to demonstrate how to make learning fun for all involved”.

Now, we would like to share some of the pictures that were taken during this event.  Enjoy!

Marlene Ibarra at our table booth with Nancy Kelley.
Marlene Ibarra, Behavior Specialist II, and Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, at our resource booth.

Marlene Ibarra and Ismael Mondragon, ready to help parents with questions about our Competent Learner Model program.Our CLM Team were ready to help parents with questions about our Competent Learner Model program.

Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, and Sandra Cruz (mom of a previous CLM Learner).Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, was so happy to meet again with Sandra Cruz and her kids.  Sandra is the mother of a previous CLM Learner.

Our CLM Team during lunch time: Ismael Mondragon, Nancy Kelley, Marlene Ibarra, and Grisel Ibarra.
Our CLM Team during lunch time: Ismael Mondragon, Behavior Tech, Nancy Kelley, South County Regional Coordinator, Marlene Ibarra, Behavior Specialist II, and Grisel Ibarra, Behavior Tech.  THANKS EVERYONE!!!
18 Oct

An Autistic Girl in the Cumberland Mountains: One Family’s Brutal Fight for Meaningful Special Ed

Photo Credit: Mark Keierleber
Photo Credit: Mark Keierleber

Glennis and Randy Looney let their guard down for only a moment.

Sitting on a sofa in their wood-paneled living room, they were recounting the continuing struggle to persuade schools in Dickenson County to provide their 12-year-old daughter Abigail, who suffers from severe autism, with more help.

Abigail wandered through the…

11 Oct

The ABCs of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a neurologic condition affecting the developing brain of an infant that results in impairments in movement, motor skills, muscle tone and coordination. Approximately 2 in 1,000 children are born with the condition.

CP may present in different ways…”

CP is usually caused by a brain injury prior to, during or up to one year after birth. (ISTOCKPHOTO)
CP is usually caused by a brain injury prior to, during or up to one year after birth. (ISTOCKPHOTO)
23 Aug

Liz Hernandez 20 year anniversary with Tucci Learning Solutions, Inc.

It is an honor for us to have the opportunity to dedicate this award to Liz Hernandez for her 20 years of service.

Liz' 20yr with Tucci Certificate

Vicci Tucci worked very cooperatively with Liz Hernandez starting 20 years ago in South Monterey School Districts.  She is still known for her loving support for parents and educators when it comes to serving their learners. Vicci thinks she is as capable of formulating and delivering ABA practices as most BCBAs. Also, she shared with us that Liz knows as much about the Competent Learner Model (CLM) as she does. The children in South Monterey County are lucky she is delivering evidenced-based ABA practices.

2 Jun

Recap About The Community Resource Fair: Getting Help for My Child With Disabilities

Last week we had the opportunity to participate at the Community Resource Fair: Getting Help for My Child With Disabilities that was held at the Monterey County Office of Education in Salinas, CA. Nancy Myers, Program Specialist, Monterey County SELPA, was one of the presenters along with other representatives from community programs and agencies in Monterey County. Tucci Learning Solutions was one of those agencies that were invited to attend and participate at the various resource tables.

According to Nancy Myers, “This Community Resource Fair was designed to help parents and caregivers become more aware of services and programs for children of all ages with a variety of disabilities.”

At this event, two of our wonderful CLM Coordinators got the opportunity to display information and explain to parents and caregivers about our CLM Program and Early Start Program. Thank you guys, you did an awesome job!!!

Guillermo Reyes, Monterey Region Coordinator and Yvette Ortega, Behavior Tech
Monterey Region Coordinators, Guillermo Reyes and Yvette Ortega



4 Aug

First Annual Summer Festival Hosted by San Andreas Regional Center

“It was a pleasure to be part of this event and be able to provide parents with information about our services”, mentioned our CLM Coordinator, Guillermo Reyes.

The First Annual Summer Festival gave the Special Needs Community an opportunity to come together while they enjoyed a day full of fun, games, and entertainment. The event was held this last Saturday, August 1st at the Tatum’s Garden in Salinas, and we are happy to inform you all that it was a success.

We want to express our special thanks to those CLM Team members who helped out during the event and informed parents about our CLM Mission – Guillermo Reyes, CLM Coordinator on the Monterey Region, Rafael Tapia, CLM Behavior Tech, and Yvette Ortega, CLM Behavior Specialist II.

Here are some of the pictures that were taken during the event. Enjoy…..

Tatum’s Garden, Salinas CA
Guillermo Reyes
Yvette Ortega
Rafael Tapia
Kids having fun at our activity table….



Thank you guys!!!!

20 Jul

First Annual Summer Festival Hosted by San Andreas Regional Center

Come join us for a family day full of fun and games to welcome the summer while coming together as a Special Needs Community. There will games, entertainment, prizes, food trucks, and much more. The entire Special Needs Community, family members, and service providers are invited to attend this first ever Summer Festival being held on August 1st in Salinas and on August 8th in San Jose.

Service Providers are welcomed to be part of the Resource Fair taking place during the festival in Salinas on August 1st and San Jose on August 8th. However, in order to participate during the resource fair, service providers must host a festival game. Service Providers interested should sign up with the links below and email me your festival game idea to participate during the resource fair.

Saturday, August 1st, 2015
 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
 Tatum’s Garden – (by Sheerwood Park)
1 Maryal Dr.
Salinas, CA 93906
Service Providers who want to participate during the resource fair in Salinas sign up here: http://bit.ly/1T2YMP3
Saturday, August 8th, 2015
11:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Rotary Play Garden
438 Coleman Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110
Service providers who want to participate for the resource fair in San Jose sign up here: http://bit.ly/1C6tbIf
Tantum's Garden in Salinas
Tatum’s Garden is a first fully-inclusive and accessible playground in Salinas, a place where all children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play.
 Rotary PlayGarden in San Jose
The Rotary PlayGarden is located in the Guadalupe River Park in San Jose and created for children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends.
14 Jul

The Early Detection Of Autism — Through A Sniff Test.

Very Interesting…

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D

Founding Editor, bSci21.org

The Autism Daily Newscast recently summarized research findings coming out of Israel, which suggest that the early detection of autism can be facilitated via sniff test.

You see, when most people smell, they tend to smell pleasant smells in a markedly different manner than unpleasant smells.  However, the researchers found that children diagnosed with autism showed…