Executive Function

Reinforce Executive Function Skills through Online Gaming

This article on executive function skills was co authored by two very special friends of the Social Learning Center, Jason Soisson and Brendan McNamee. Thanks for working with me on this article! As summer comes...
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...
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,...

What is “Stimming” and Why is it Important?

Does your child frequently rock, bob their knee, make annoying humming noises, squint or smell strange things that he shouldn't?  These behaviours are forms of sensory stimulation or otherwise referred to as  stimming and...
Think Before You Speak

Impulsive Speaking: Teach Kids to Think First

We all know kids and even adults who struggle with impulsive speaking.  Consider Johnny - Johnny blurts out as loud as he can that the lady in the red dress at the supermarket is...
Five Point Scale

The Five Point Scale – It’s Impact on Self-Regulation

As an individual on the spectrum, I love using The Five Point Scale for self-regulation. I have used it numerous times, in many different situations. One aspect I love about The Five Point Scale...

Learn How to Cope with Change

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I like structure and predictability. I enjoy knowing what is going to happen, first, next, and last. Not only do I like knowing what is...
Special Interests

Simple Ways to Turn Passions into Lessons

We all have hobbies or interests and sometimes those hobbies become passions depending on how extreme we take them.  In my job working with students with special needs, I am especially drawn to those...

Help Kids with ADHD Become Self-Aware

All month long, organizations have been celebrating ADHD Awareness Month. Most organizations supporting ADHD look to spend this time getting information out to the public to help spread awareness of the disorder and to curb...

The Complexity of “How was School Today?”

As kids are getting back into the swing of school, there is always this burning question every parent is dying to ask as soon as their child gets off the bus or into the...