A Sensory Break Saves the Day

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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 grader had just come from a long day at school and now was expected to continue to focus and concentrate on […]

Engage Kids in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Heavy Work

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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 room and realize … it’s not going to happen. Your kids are disengaged. You need some classroom management. You really don’t […]

New School Year Reminder Notice: The Assumption Trap can be hard to escape

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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, and starting to stress over having a brand new teacher and new expectations of a higher grade. Teachers are feeling […]

Make Social Learning Stick: New Friends, New School Year

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A new school year usually means new teachers, new classmates, and new friendships. For most children, making and keeping friends is essential to building confidence and having a sense of well-being at school. Although the connections happen at school, there is a lot that can be done to facilitate awareness, knowledge, and growth behind the […]

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

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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 harder to find acceptance among their peers. One method that these kids use to convert unwanted attention into acceptance is comedy. […]

Prevent Social Skills from Backsliding

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Ah, those lazy days of summer! What kid doesn’t look forward to the end of the school year? While summer offers a much deserved break from the structure and pressures of the classroom, the summer months can also be a difficult time for kids who struggle with social skills. Sure there will be some relief […]

Summer Preparation for Back to School

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Sorry to break it to everyone, but before we know it, we will be back to school shopping . One of the things that is good to do over the summer is to prepare kids with isms for the upcoming school year.  Consider setting up a meet and greet with various professionals in your child’s […]

Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

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I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and wonder what kind of teacher I would have been if I knew then what I know now, especially with regard to […]

Ten Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

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Summer is a opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!”  Although learning does not end with the school term, desk work becomes less appealing as the pools and playgrounds open for the season.  The neatest thing about handwriting practice, however, is that it […]

Make Learning Fun: Hold a Photo Rally

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When I was in high school, one of the best club activities I ever participated in was a “Polaroid Rally”. We were sent on an adventure throughout the city to collect photos of various items on a list. When we returned we were judged on how creative and efficient we were on our quest. Nowadays, […]

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