Executive Function

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Homework: Help Your Child Break Down Tasks

As a parent of two, very different boys, and having taught for over twenty years, you'd think I'd have homework mastered, by now. Well, even I find myself slipping into the trap of thinking,...
Visual Timers

Visual Timers: Boost Productivity & Self Esteem

Time to a child can be so elusive and unimportant, yet its pressure can be extremely limiting and even debilitating.  For children and teens  with executive function isms, time can be an unrelenting enemy....
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A Sensory Break Saves the Day

Today while working with one of my vision therapy patients, I heard one of my other therapists, "Sue," getting very frustrated with her six-year-old patient, "Peter" during their therapy session. This high energy first...
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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...

Workability – Kids Learn to Earn

Labor Day - always the first Monday in September is "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute...

5 Steps for Parents to Climb the Mountain of Transition to Middle School

Entering middle school can be overwhelming for any child, but add your child’s special challenges and this transition can be quite intimidating. If your child is entering middle school this fall, you probably already...
Meltdown

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...

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...

Back to School? But it’s Only July!

My youngest isn’t out of school a month yet and I find myself talking to parents about back to school supplies. As I have this conversation with moms, their children are usually giving me...

Easing Transitions Through Activity Disengagement

Transitions are known to be difficult for any child with isms.  Having sat in IEP meetings as an Occupational Therapist (OT), and having sat in my own child’s IEP meetings, it doesn’t take long...