Executive Function

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...

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...

Get Visual and Creative to Support Transitions

We have three children, each unique with their back to school ritual. The daughter was ready to purchase back to school supplies in mid-July and had her closets and desk organized in anticipation of the...

5 Ways to Help Your Child Transition Back to School

Since my daughter has been very tiny, her routine is sacred to her and even the slightest change can set her into an instant meltdown. Many of our kids rely on 'the same old...
goal setting

How to Develop Realistic Goals With Children

All children with Isms are different, so it's important that goals set for them be different as well.  Unfortunately, even the best of schools using the best Individualised Education Plans (IEPs) fall into the...
Sensory Reduction

Meltdown? Reduce Sensory Input, Reduce the Intensity

Meltdowns! They're arguably the most feared events for the parents of children with isms but did you know that the child or adult with an ism fears them too? Meltdowns are short periods of...
kanban kids

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,...
Sensory Diet-Trampoline

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...

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...
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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...