Behavior

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...
writing assignments

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...

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...
Gagging and Sound Irritation

6 Tips to Help with Gagging and Sound Irritation

Does your child cover their ears and yell when they hear someone chewing food? Do they react to the sound of coughing and sneezing? Does your child gag when they watch people eat?  Are they able...
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...

Engage Kids in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Heavy Work

It’s Monday morning. You grab your coffee and head into your classroom, ready for a great week. You have your lesson plans ready to launch onto your third grade class. You look across the...
class clown - attention

Is Your Child a “Class Clown” to Gain Acceptance?

We all want to be accepted and to have friends,  particularly at school but sometimes kids with special-isms are so socially different that they stand out from their classmates.  Standing out makes it much...