Organization

6 Tips to Organize the Homework Area

Now that we are slowly establishing the school year routine, one of the most important (let’s face it, they’re all important) aspects of the daily grind for kids is homework.  Establishing a designated, functional...

Backpacks: Organization, Sensory, Safety and Social

School is underway.  Mentally exhausted kids with tons of pent up energy enter their homes in the afternoon and toss their backpacks just about anywhere.  They head to the kitchen for a snack and...
sensory friendly environment

Dear Teacher: What Families of Kids with Special “Isms” Wish We Could Tell You

I have the utmost respect for anyone who undertakes the noble profession of educating children. Teaching can get infinitely more complicated when your class includes children with Isms, such as attention regulation difficulties, sensory...

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...
organizational success

6 Back to School Tips for Organizational Success

Back to school…while some parents are dancing a jig of the thoughts of kids returning to school, there are other parents who are feeling some anxiety.  The reminders of the exploding backpack, missing homework,...

Kids with Isms Can Benefit by Using Lists

My world is full of lists. I have them on my walls and whiteboards at work, on papers at home and scattered through synchronized computer systems, including my mobile phone, computer, iPad, print outs....
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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,...
academic organization

Assess Your Child’s Academic Organization

Ahhhh, another school year is approaching.  Anxiety may begin to rear it's ugly head as kid's worry about tests, homework, and arguments with parents and teachers about academic organization. For some children, just the word...

Encouraging Self-Regulation: At Home, At School, and in Your Child’s Mind

My 11 year old high-functioning autistic son is halfway through his fifth grade year. He’s been on an IEP since he got his official diagnosis at 6, and part of his accommodation has included...

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...