Seat-Based Sensory Strategies to Keep Students Seated and Focused

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My daughters have only been back in school a couple of days now and they are already counting down the weeks until Spring Break! It seems really far away right now and they are wondering how they can make it that long without a break from school. I remember that feeling – the January doldrums.  […]

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What is So Difficult About Doing Homework?

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Okay, you have resolved some of the more obvious homework issues. You have systems in place to help ensure that the proper information and materials arrive home with our child. Your child has been given a second set of books to keep at home.  Yet, somehow, getting the homework completed at a quality level and […]

Organizing the Homework Area

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Now that we are slowly establishing the school year routine, one of the most important (let’s face it, they’re all important) aspects of the daily grind for kids is homework. Many parents will note how difficult homework can be in their house. Whether it’s the child who procrastinates, the disorganized work area, or the child […]

Great Apps for Parents and Kids

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There seems to be an explosion of new apps being developed for computers, tablets and smartphones each day.  While it can seem overwhelming, some of these apps are worth learning about.  And the best part is that most of them are free or very inexpensive. For those still unfamiliar with what an “app” is, think […]

Homework. “Help!”

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From the very first time kids bring home extra work – through high school and beyond, it can be a contentious time. Kids don’t get it, parents have to re-learn it, and the mere nightly ritual of sitting at the table for school work can be downright depressing. We’ve recently changed schools, and while the former […]

Encouraging Self-Regulation: At Home, At School, and in Your Child’s Mind

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My 11 year old high-functioning autistic son is halfway through his fifth grade year. He’s been on an IEP since he got his official diagnosis at 6, and part of his accommodation has included the support of para-professionals in the classroom. Recently, he’s been responding to their attempts to redirect him to his classwork with […]

Creativity as the Nucleus for Learning

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“Hey, Mom! I need to go to the store. I have a school project!” Ah yes. Those wonderful moments, often inconvenient to other scheduled matters, when the need arises to assist on a school project. We probably remember being the child doing them; or the child watching our parent do them. Now, we are the […]

Tips to Help Prepare for Homework

credit sheknows.com by Haley Moss With the new school year comes new burdens of homework. Some kids angrily ask, “Why do we even HAVE homework? We sit in school for hours!” Teachers don’t assign homework just to make you unhappy. There is a real reason and that reason is that you get practice on the […]

Rising to the Challenge of Homework: Tips for Children with Autism

by Haley Moss Some kids angrily ask, “Why do we even HAVE homework? We sit in school for hours!” Teachers don’t assign homework just to make you unhappy. There is a real reason and that reason is that you get practice on the material covered in class so that the teacher can tell you understand […]

Behavior Solutions: Difficulty With Starting Assignments

Excerpted with permission from Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom by Beth Aune, OTR/L, Beth Burt & Peter Gennaro Behavior Solutions is an excellent easy to read book that presents four behavioral sections along with comprehensive appendices. I highly recommend this book as a resource for all teachers for quick and easy solutions to implement […]

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