Make Social Learning Stick: New Friends, New School Year

social learning

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 […]

Summer Preparation for Back to School

Back to School Prep

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 […]

Using Visual Supports to Aid with Transitions

First Day 2011

We have three children, each unique with the back to school ritual. The daughter was ready to purchase back to school supplies in mid-July and had her closets and desk organized in anticipation of the workload and expectations at the new middle school. The youngest was unsure about school, simply because it means having to […]

Back to School! ABA-Based Tips for Success


Ah, September. The lovely, relaxing days of summer come to an end, and we go back to the hustle and bustle of the school year. The pace of September can be stressful for kids and parents alike, and the demands of a suddenly busy schedule can feel very overwhelming for the entire family. A successful […]

Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Teachers


Heading back to school is always a challenge. Being a school teacher for over 15 years, I have a few tricks I’d like to share with you when it comes to helping your child start a new school year on the right foot. Tips for Parents You know your child better than anyone. At Welcome Day I […]

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Start a Stress Reducing Routine for the New School Year


It’s time to get ready for “back to school”. Even those who stay home for school are gearing up for the academic season. Hopefully the whole family has been able to enjoy plenty of unstructured free play in the great outdoors all summer long. This is by far one of the most accessible, effective and […]

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Superimmunity for Back to School


As soon as school begins each September, pediatricians’ offices inevitably fill with children with acute illnesses – colds, coughs, ear infections, sinus infections, intestinal viruses and flus. For many families the seemingly endless parade of illness begins again. At best, a flu shot might prevent influenza. What to do about all the other illnesses? There’s […]

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A Parental Sanity Check for the Special Needs Middle School Transition


My sweet little boy started preschool when he was three. He didn’t talk. He didn’t play with other children. He didn’t follow directions. He liked “circle time,” the songs, the praise, the routine, but it was hard for him to sit that long (a whopping five minutes). He was categorized as a “preschooler with a […]

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Bully Prevention for the New School Year


As we gear up for back to school, we need to consider options for  a bully prevention plan, especially if your child has been a victim of bullying in the previous school year. The topic of bullying is unfortunately a real one for many children with special needs. Consider the statistics that demonstrate as many […]

Strategies to Ease Your Child into a New School Year


As summer winds down and a new school year approaches, parents and kids across the country prepare for the challenges ahead.  Although many kids dread the homework and tests, they are usually excited to return to favorite classes, join clubs, play sports, and reconnect with friends.  However, when your child has special needs or differences, […]

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