Celebrate Dr Seuss’s Birthday by Reading

Dr. Seuss

March is nationally recognized as Reading Month and for the past fifteen years, the National Education Association (NEA) has sponsored the Read Across America Day. It takes place yearly on or near March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was born March 2nd, 1904 and passed away on September 24th, 1991 at the age […]

Strike a Pose, Breathe Deep – Obtain Attuned Classroom

Yoga in the Classroom

Trying to teach kids who are distracted, disruptive or daydreaming isn’t fun or effective. But with a packed schedule and a tight curriculum, what is a teacher to do? As a yoga teacher of course I’m going to say, “Yoga!”, but let me tell you why. At first it may seem there’s no time to […]

Yoga in the Classroom = Students Ready to Learn

Mountain Pose - Sensory

Teachers have the honor and unique perspective of working within a space where each child and the teacher, are working towards similar goals. These goals include but are not limited to learning and meeting or exceeding classroom expectations. What makes the classroom so unique is that each child is navigating their own levels of regulation […]

Self-Advocacy: Like Speaking a Foreign Language

Self Advocacy is Hard

“Use your words” and “Ask, and you will receive” are phrases I heard a lot during my childhood. Back when I was younger, I thought this meant to stop being so shy and well, speak up. I also wasn’t the kid who enjoyed imposing on people or asking for things I wanted. Little did I […]

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Transitions: Simple Steps to Keep Your Child “On Track”

schedule board - transitions

Transitions, simply put in the preschool world, is moving from one place or activity to another.  Should be easy, right? Well, not so much for many young children.  The importance of learning to go with the program and follow the classroom routine is paramount to your child’s success as your child goes through school.  A […]

Strengthen Fine Motor with Mini-Weather Geoboards

Geoboard

Groundhog Day was yesterday and whether Punxsutawney Phil was right or wrong, the cold in some parts means children are still cooped up inside needing activities to keep them busy and engaged.  That’s where old blocks can come in handy! Original Purpose: Building and stacking With Sensory Lenses:  A Mini-Weather Geoboard to tie into recent […]

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Success for All when Private OT Visits the Classroom

Classroom for Success

If your child is receiving private occupational therapy (OT), the primary focus of the sessions is typically what occurs in the clinic. Of equal importance, however is collaboration between your child’s occupational therapist and your child’s teacher. We have found that a direct classroom observation, followed by a joint meeting with teachers, parents and OT […]

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What Threatens Kid’s Emotional Health?

bullying

“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. When asked the question: “What threatens your safety and emotional health?” most kids say, teasing and bullying (Kaiser Family Foundation & Children Now, 2001). My son JJ has an autism spectrum disorder. Intolerance has been […]

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7 Strategies for a Successful Circle Time

circle-time

Although many children love a good book, it is an unfortunate fact that some with sensory-challenges don’t always appear to love listening to one during circle time.  In fact, traditional circle times can be one of the most challenging parts of a sensory child’s day if that child’s sensory needs are ignored. So, today, let’s […]

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6 Tips to Prepare Now for Transition to Adulthood

adult transitions

Many times when we ring in a new year, we make resolutions. We start new diets, exercise regularly, read more, etc. and “resolve” to due better in these areas of our life. Although statistics confirm that the majority of resolutions are broken rather quickly, it’s still important to make an effort to consider some positive […]

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