A Visit with the Worry Witch: Guided Relaxation for Kids

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Life in general can be stressful. Having difficulty processing sensory information can make life even more stressful. Giving children a tool they can use to manage and reduce stress may help them learn better, sleep better and feel more connected in life. Guided relaxation techniques use the power of imagery and suggestion to guide the […]

5 Things You Should Be Doing–But Aren’t–to Enhance Your ABA Program

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Recently I had lunch with my friend Jess. It was good to see her, as always. Jess and I have known each other for years. We worked together at a clinical center that specialized in autism. Maybe because she was a parent of a child with autism as well as a professional in the field, […]

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Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories & Meditations for Kids

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The ability to relax is an essential skill in our hectic world today. Kids are shuttled from home to school to after school activities and home again, often without transition time or down time. We hope that children can lead happy, relaxed, and calm lives, but often we neither teach them how to do this […]

Teach your Child the Skill of Calm

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As any parent who has worked with me knows, I always say, “it starts with Calm”.  Without a calm child and a calm parent, no learning can take place and no problems can be solved. While this may be an easy concept to grasp, getting to a calm place is often no easy task.  One […]

Self-Calming Tools for Holiday Stress: Guided Imagery

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For many of us the Fall and Winter holidays are filled with more activity than usual. Families visiting, holiday events and gatherings are added on top of the regular work, family and personal obligations. While the approaching holiday season is one of Family, Gratitude and Giving, for many it means pressure, stressful schedules, situations and […]

Mindfulness: What is it and How Can it Help?

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This past weekend, I attended a conference for Speech-Language Pathologists here in British Columbia. I was fortunate to learn about several things, but the idea of Mindfulness, a new idea for me, was a topic that really stuck out in my mind, because I found that I could apply it to both clientele and to […]

Have You Ever Heard of “Realistic Thinking”?

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Anxiety (also called angst or worry) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by somatic, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components. The root meaning of the word anxiety is ‘to vex or trouble‘; in either presence or absence of psychological stress, anxiety can create feelings of fear, worry, uneasiness, and dread. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to a stressor. It may help someone to deal […]

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