Prevent Social Skills from Backsliding

Social Cognition

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

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 […]

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

Learning with Photos

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, […]

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 […]

Summer Travel Ideas with a Sensory Seeking Child

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Summer comes and it is time for vacation. If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder, extra planning can help make the experience more successful and less stressful for everyone. When you plan your vacation, think about your child’s sensory needs and how they respond to different environments; and also consider the amount […]

Inside, Outside and On the Go – 30 Ways to have a FUN-Structured Summer for Free or Next to Nothing

Summer Activities

Many people count the days until summer vacation, but for families affected by various isms, summer can bring hours of unstructured downtime leading to an increase in behavioral challenges. School routines disappear, therapy hours are reduced, respite care hours dwindle and families face days without routine and consistency that many children with isms thrive on. […]

Vacations and Tips for Traveling with Your Sensitive Child

Sensory Travel Kids

In Traveling with a Sensory Seeking Child we explored strategies to support your child on vacation if he or she is a sensory seeker, but what if your child is sensitive, more of a sensory avoider. Some children have nervous systems that are easily overwhelmed. They may demonstrate sensory defensiveness and/or poor sensory regulation/modulation. As […]

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Traveling with a Sensory Seeking Child

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Holiday break is just around the corner and many are planning vacations.  If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder and/or other isms, extra planning can help make the experience more successful and less stressful for everyone. When you plan your vacation, think about your child’s sensory needs and how they respond to […]

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A Day at Monster Jam: Tips for Preparing “those” Summer Events

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Summer is a time many families are looking for those fun, high interest activities to do with their kids. As a counselor, one of the biggest fears I often hear from parents is, “We want to plan fun things for Jacob, but what if it turns out bad?! What if he has a break down? […]

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