We Celebrate Dads! 10 Roles of a Great Father

Father and Son

We often hear so much about the mamma bears or warrior moms involved in raising a child with various isms. From fighting for much-needed therapies to advocating on behalf of their child during the many IEP’s that their children require, mothers are frequently in the spotlight and recognized. What’s sometimes not highlighted are the thousands […]

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

5 Ways to Win Your Kids Heart on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Fun

Valentine’s Day might evoke enjoyable past memories of exchanging Valentine’s cards with loved ones, playing party games and enjoying delicious food. However, for some, simply the idea of any special holiday can conjure up memories of anxious social situations, sensory nightmares and unsavory unfamiliar foods. I think it’s time to “take back” this holiday! Start […]

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Superbowl Sensory Snack Sensations

Football - Superbowl

Whether you are an NFL football fan or not, pretty much everyone realizes when the NFL Super Bowl championship game is played. TV commercials and grocery store displays shout out this information in one way or another.  You and your children can have some sensory and fine motor fun while learning valuable life skills. This […]

Out of the Routine: 3 Tips for Adjusting to the Holiday Break

adjust-holidays

Holidays are here. Presents are open. Family is visiting. The routines are a mess.  Though we may love the fact that we don’t have to get our children up at the crack of dawn and can hang out all day in our pj’s if we want, the routine we have set up for our children […]

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Help Children Graciously Accept Disappointing Gifts

Unwanted Gifts - Behavior

It happens quite often, a child wants a cool new game and ends up getting a pair of socks. If this is your child, especially your child with isms, how might you handle it without embarrassing the gift-giver or your child? First, prepare.  The best idea is to talk to your kids about the spirit […]

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Holidays Without Stress: How to Make the Holidays Work for Your Family

Holiday Stress

We’re not that different from Pavlov’s dogs, who famously drooled at the sound of a bell that had been associated with food. Triggers in our environment cue us to engage in certain behaviours. This is why you catch a glimpse of tinsel or hear holiday music piped in over the PR system, and you’re suddenly […]

Sensory Suggestions for the Holiday Season

Sensory Gift Giving

It’s getting closer and closer to that time! The children begin to get excited about the holiday adventures and wonder.  Now the question is “what do I get my child with sensory issues?” or even better yet, “what to tell Grandma and Grandpa to get your child with sensory issues”? Sensitivities and Needs  Some children […]

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5 Ways to Use Wrapping Paper for Sensory Diets

wrapping-paper

No matter what your faith tradition, it seems that at this is the time of year wrapping paper is ubiquitous. Instead of tossing your torn pieces out, try looking at them with an eye for sensory diet fun. Today’s Challenge: Wrapping paper Original Purpose: Wrapping gifts With Sensory Savvy Lenses: Free tools for fine motor, […]

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Secrets to Avoiding a Stressful Holiday Season

Holiday Safety

The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Anxiety can come from a number of places—overbearing relatives, congested malls, wondering if you finally made the Nice List (fingers crossed! Ah, who am I kidding?) And while you can’t control wild Black Friday shoppers or the grumpy Grinch at […]

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