Behavior

Five Bully-Busting Basics for Students and Parents

When I was just a wee safety guy, I was picked on my fair share—apparently, wearing a Batman outfit and constantly warning other fourth-graders to be careful on the jungle-gym is grounds for some...

Don’t Forget to Pack a Social Backpack

From August to early September there were many articles on things parents can do to help prepare their sons and daughters for that return back to the classroom.  However, there are so many social...
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New School Year: Avoid the Assumption Trap

As the summer days come to an end, we are all thinking about the start to another school year. Parents are doing back to school shopping, talking with their children about the new school year,...
Contamination Fears

Teachers: 5 Signs to Spot a Child’s Contamination Fears

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterised by intrusive thoughts, impulses and images that regularly play on the child's mind, where they feel the urge to do certain actions to ease the distress caused by...
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Behaviors: The Power of Parental Knowledge

I have worked with children with various isms for many years and have had a lot of training on how to deal with behavioral issues. I will watch parents dealing with their children experiencing...

Calming Activities for Anxiety & Sensory Issues

With three daughters in their tweens and early teens, mornings around our house are still my least favorite time of day. But when my girls were a little younger, there were mornings I was...
Accommodations for Anxiety

Anxiety: Accommodations Are Stepping Stones to Success

Accommodations in the classroom for children struggling with anxiety come in many shapes and sizes. As each child is different, so too should be each accommodation and/or modification. Each of us has the capacity to...
Sensory Reduction

Meltdown? Reduce Sensory Input, Reduce the Intensity

Meltdowns! They're arguably the most feared events for the parents of children with isms but did you know that the child or adult with an ism fears them too? Meltdowns are short periods of...
Changing Behaviors to Fit in

Change Your Child’s Behavior to Attract Less Attention?

When it comes to individuality, our culture is a mess of double-standards.  On the one hand, we encourage individuality with slogans like "Just be yourself" and "stand out in a crowd" while on the...
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A Sensory Break Saves the Day

Today while working with one of my vision therapy patients, I heard one of my other therapists, "Sue," getting very frustrated with her six-year-old patient, "Peter" during their therapy session. This high energy first...