Executive Function

sports -perfectionist

“Probability Goals” Keep Your Perfectionist Child from Giving Up

You may not think of your child as a "perfectionist", after all, he may have a terribly untidy room or he may take little care in his writing when doing homework but perfectionist children...
Auditory Distraction

Is it Auditory Attention or Auditory Distractibility?

For those who have been following this series on the multi-system approach to Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), you have learned that APD is indeed a multifaceted disorder. I discussed Auditory Awareness - an ism...
Interoceptive Anxiety

A Treatment for Anxiety – Feel The Fear Interoceptively

Urmila Pai, M.D. and Kimberly Williams, Psy.D. composed Feel the Fear: A Treatment for Anxiety in collaboration. Child Therapist: "Carly, it seems you were very anxious. How did your body feel?" Child: "I don’t know…maybe it felt like,...
Visual - Picky Eater

Picky Eater? Discover the Vision Board

Raise your hand if you have a child or have heard a child refuse a food based upon how it looks? Rest assured that you're not alone in the picky eater world. I've not...
Bath

5 Steps to Help a Child with Unwanted Thoughts

Most children experience ‘bad’ thoughts but easily disregard them. However, some children and teenagers pay too much importance to their unpleasant thoughts and become fearful that a loved one will be harmed, or that...
schedule board - transitions

Transitions: Simple Steps to Keep Your Child “On Track”

Transitions, simply put in the preschool world, is moving from one place or activity to another.  Should be easy, right? Well, not so much for many young children.  The importance of learning to go...
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...
Popcorn - Oral Sensory Crunch

Help Regulate Kids with Oral Sensory Snacks

Children with various isms have challenges with regulating their emotions.  Heck, I know of a lot of adults who struggle with this.  Think about sitting in a lecture.  What do you do to keep...

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...
lunchroom social skills

Three Tips to Make Social Concepts “Click”

Developing “friends” and true “friendships” are processes that take years as well as various experiences. It relies on one having the ability to connect with others on a personal level.  Many of the clients...