Executive Function

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...
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Set Kids Up for Success – How Kids Learn Best

A few years back, I went to an amazing conference in Virginia attended by the top neuropsychologists and educators in the country.  The conference boasted three days of intense learning about HOW kids learn...

Networking at Special-Ism — Seth and Chris Make a Special Connection

Special-Ism writers, Seth Fowler and Chris Abildgaard, NCSP, LPC, had not previously met in person prior to their membership to Special-Ism's writing team. Through Special-Ism's networking platform, we discovered that, unbeknownst to each of...

Discover Calm: Build a Self-Regulation Tool Box

In my article, What in the World is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation and Me!, I talked about self-regulation. This month I would like to provide more strategies for self-regulation, because I feel that it is a...

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

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...
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Is Your Child a “Class Clown” to Gain Acceptance?

We all want to be accepted and to have friends,  particularly at school but sometimes kids with special-isms are so socially different that they stand out from their classmates.  Standing out makes it much...

Raising the Bar for Kids with Special Needs

I recently heard about an interesting study done on fleas. The fleas were placed in a jar and were allowed to bounce around eventually jumping out of the jar to their freedom. Other fleas...

Engage Kids in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Heavy Work

It’s Monday morning. You grab your coffee and head into your classroom, ready for a great week. You have your lesson plans ready to launch onto your third grade class. You look across the...

Tips to Help Develop Time Awareness

Getting a handle on time awareness can be a tough challenge for someone with ADHD or other isms. Even with medication, children and adults with ADHD have a difficulty sensing time in the standard way. ...

School’s Out: What To Do With All The School Projects?

Finals exams have ended. Teacher gifts handed out. All lockers are emptied. Now, what to do with all the school projects, writing assignments, books, etc. that have been collected throughout the school year. I have...