Self-Regulation

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...
class clown - attention

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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...