Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Sensory Integration Disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child. As Occupational Therapist, Bonnie Hacker, MHS, OTR/L shares in her article “Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid who Cannot Sit Still“, “For the […]

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know – Survive the “Summer Slump”

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know

The National Summer Learning Association is an organization that highlights the need for continuing academic support for kids during their summer “time-off.” “To succeed in school and life, children need ongoing opportunities to learn. This is especially true during the summer months. Although many imagine summers as carefree and relaxing – it is ever important […]

Boy Without Instructions

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“If you have a child with ADHD living on the liminal line of accepted disability (at least according to educational legal standards) you will find yourself taking notes on the journey of Ricochet, a colorful boy struggling to scribble literally and figuratively between the lines of a mainstream expectation of childhood. Williams lets you watch […]

Speech and Language Therapy for Teens

That's Life Social Language

According to The Autism Sourcebook written by Karen Siff Exkorn, “Speech and language therapy helps a child to communicate more effectively both verbally and nonverbally, using words and/or body language.” I am grateful that the public school system provided speech and language therapy for my son, JJ, for 15 years. During his early intervention years […]

Social Skill Autopsy: Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

It's So Much Work to be Your Friend

The word “autopsy” refers to the dissection of a body after death to determine the cause or problem that contributed to the death. Dr. Rick Lavoie cleverly used this word and coined the term “Social Skill Autopsy.” We all know the pain we and our children feel when they do not have friends, are not […]

Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows: Helping Children Adjust to Change

Harry the Happy Caterpillar

Children feel safe with stability and sameness. The idea of change can bring about stress. But for a child with isms, change can be that much more difficult. When a child with isms has figured certain things out in his life, change can appear to be too challenging and he does not want to have […]

Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism

Jumpstarting Communication Skills

Although no two children with autism look alike, there are common characteristics that they will possess. Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will demonstrate deficits in their verbal and nonverbal communication and social skills, as well as, have restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests. Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism: A Parents’ Guide […]

Create Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors.  They also help to extrapolate information verbal discussion would not decipher. The social context, the behavior, the thought/intent behind the behavior, […]

A QUEST for Social Skills

A Quest for Social Skills

JoEllen Cumpata, a speech language pathologist, and Susan Fell, a school social worker, created a school-based social skills program. This program is designed to help middle school students with pragmatic language deficits and social skills deficits.  The program is called QUEST and stands for Questioning, Understanding, and Exploring Social Skills and Pragmatic Language Together. Students […]

A is for Autism, F is for Friend

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A Is for Autism F Is for Friend: A Kid’s Book for Making Friends with a Child Who Has Autism is a very valuable tool in teaching children about their peers who have Autism. I love how the book is told from Chelsea’s point of view. Chelsea is 11 years old and has “severe” Autism. […]

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