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

Inspiration for Kids

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


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


“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

Goal Setting

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?


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 […]

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Is a Special Interest Becoming an Obsession Impacting Daily Life?

minecraft - special interest

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


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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Teach Empathy – a Tool for Success


According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the meaning of empathy is “the experiencing as one’s own of the feelings of another” a great tool to have in your toolbox for success.  When I taught first grade several years ago, the one rule in my classroom was the golden rule; treat others the way you would […]

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Eggspressions: Learn to Eggspress Your Feelings!

Eggspressions emotions

is a set of six unique egg-heads that help children learn to identify and express their feelings. The eggs are constructed of solid wood and decorated with durable child safe paint. A storybook accompanies the toy and offers role-playing activities to help children to explore feelings. The story describes how Humpty’s cousins are invited to […]

Free Resources to Help Develop Dramatic Play Skills


You have undoubtedly noticed that most preschool and kindergarten classrooms have a dramatic play area well stocked with dress-up clothes and real-life pretend items such as plastic foods, pots and pans, telephone, ironing board, dolls, and more. Children are able to take things they have observed in their day-to-day life and apply them to these […]

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