Cures for Summertime Boredom

Story Time - Social Skills

Does your child ever come to you and say, “I’m so bored”? It is totally understandable. School is out, and routines have been disrupted. When kids complain about boredom, take the initiative to use this extra time during the summer to stimulate your child’s social and emotional development. Here are a few activities designed to […]

Teach Social Skills Through Group Art

Group Art - Social Skills

Sharing social experiences is where we all start to connect and make friends. This is a natural process in life. Sometimes finding ways for these opportunities to happen for children with various isms can be a challenge.  An art group can offer a great way to create a social event and give kids an opportunity […]

Kid Generated Rules for Successful Board Game Play

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When I think of board games, I think of those commercials we see on TV of Family Game Night.  You know the ones I mean, a group of people sitting around a table with smiling faces and easy laughs, everyone having a wonderful time. And yet what I often experience with the kiddos in our […]

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Social Skills Groups – 5 and 6 year-olds

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This is the third post in a series designed to discuss social cognition groups for children aged 3-8. The first, titled Social Skills Groups 101 by Karen Head M.S. CCC-SLP shared the fundamental components of successful social skills groups (from our perspective). The sequential post highlighted groups for 3 and 4 year olds  as well […]

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Therapeutic Holiday Gift Guide – Great Gift Ideas for 7 “Isms”

Therapeutic Holiday Gift Giving

With the holidays quickly approaching, it may be hard to figure out an appropriate gift to give to children impacted by various special needs. While some toys are good for any kid, having some gift ideas specifically geared towards various “isms” or challenges might be helpful. While each person is unique in his or her […]

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Social Skills Groups for 3 and 4 Year Olds

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All 3 and 4 year olds are working on developing social skills.  That is what preschool is for, right?  So why would a child need to attend a more formal group specifically designed to teach social skills?  This is a great question.  It is true that all kids are learning to share, to take turns […]

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Parallel Play: Wanting the Same Toy as His Playmate

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Do you wonder why children want the same toy when they are surrounded by other stimulating and maybe more fun toys?  This is typical for children from the age of two to three years.  It is referred to as Parallel Play, the second stage of play.  I covered the first stage of Solitary Play in […]

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Solitary or Onlooker Play: Toys and Tips for Children from Birth to Two Years

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Children in the early years are not sure how to regulate themselves and they may need a parent available for emotional support in order for a child to learn empathy, boundaries and appropriate social interactions. The way you treat your family and friends is what your child will imitate, not what you tell your child […]

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Free Resources to Help Develop Dramatic Play Skills

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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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Social Play: Successful Tips for Parents

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Parents want their children to be successful and independent in their social interactions, but they also want to protect their child from unwanted confrontations and bullying. It can be challenging.  Let me explain the progression of social play and how a parent can support their child. Children in the early years are not sure how […]

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