Teens and a New Arrival – 11 Ways to Help with Intrusive Thoughts, Part 2

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In the first part of this three part series, you met Laura and Bradley – two teens who began experiencing intrusive thoughts with the welcoming of a new arrival into their families. You learned about the trials Laura was experiencing. You got a glimpse of the struggles that were befalling Bradley. We clearly recognized that […]

Five Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns and Tantrums

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We’ve all “been there done that” in the epicenter of a major behavioral meltdown or a terrible temper tantrum out in public. Whether “we” are the audience or actually part of the “performance,” these explosive behaviors can be both embarrassing and physically dangerous for those involved. The best approach for dealing with meltdowns or tantrums […]

Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows: Helping Children Adjust to Change

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Children feel safe with stability and sameness. The idea of change can bring about stress. But for a child with isms, change can be that much more difficult. When a child with isms has figured certain things out in his life, change can appear to be too challenging and he does not want to have […]

Inspire Kids – The Story of a Tiny Frog who Didn’t Listen

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Once upon a time, there was an ambitious group of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tree. A huge crowd of frogs had gathered around the tree to watch the race and cheer on the contestants. The race began. Not one tiny frog […]

Avoid Outbursts – Get Emotional Responses Under Control

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When my son JJ was 16 years old, he was suspended from high school for his impulsive behavior. His peers knew what buttons to push and it continually got him into trouble. The Incredible 5-Point Scale helped JJ regulate his feelings and behavior visually and cognitively. It took consistency with his entire educational team to […]

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A Quest toward Forgiveness, a New Year’s Resolution

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“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope With each New Year, my resolutions are usually focused on trying something new or on some type of character-building quest. One of my resolutions in years past was to learn more about the act of “forgiveness” as I am admittedly challenged. It isn’t easy for […]

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New Years, Goal Setting and our Learning Style

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It’s that time of year again! My goal for 2014 will be to lose 20 pounds!  That’s a great goal on many levels, but what is my plan for achieving my desired end result?  Sadly the pounds won’t magically disappear no matter how hard I wish for it. So, if I set that goal, how […]

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How do I Build Self-Confidence in My Child?

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Self-Confidence is crucial for the emotional development of children. Self- Confidence is what helps them follow thru on tasks despite ups and downs and accomplish goals at home, in school and other activities. It is especially important in children with learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, as they are more vulnerable to […]

Is a Special Interest Becoming an Obsession Impacting Daily Life?

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Co-Authored with Erica Ciarciello, B.S, 2011 graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Psychology. She has been working as a Social Coach for the past two years at the Social Learning Center.  We all have things that we love to think and talk about.  For […]

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8 Strategies to Create a Safe Environment during Explosive Behaviors & Risky Meltdowns

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Families impacted by the behavior of children with special needs commonly deal with potentially dangerous scenarios. For some, the behaviors can quickly become aggressive and very serious. Autism, in particular, can present “meltdowns” which can explode like a volcanic eruption of uncontrollable behavior. There are strategies to help a caregiver determine what the possible triggers […]

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