Holidays

Thanksgiving at Home? Prepare in Advance

Thanksgiving, in most homes, is usually an extended family event. This means there will be a lot of people, some new faces, and tons of noise. There will be new people shouting at each...

Prevent Holiday Meltdowns for You and Your Child

Holiday gatherings have led to some of the most humungous meltdowns we’ve experienced with my youngest son Jake, who is diagnosed on the severe end of the autism spectrum.  I can’t say I haven’t...
trick or treat

Tips for a Fun, Comfortable and Safe Halloween

Halloween is a great holiday because kids love dressing up and eating the candy, BUT, all that goes with it was not so great for me as a kid. I could have certainly lived...
Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking...

Vision Boards – Creative Goal Setting with Kids

The kids are off to school soon and a new year is upon us. What to do now that the presents are all opened? How about making a vision board with your kids? A...

3 Tips to Adjust to the Holiday Break

Holiday break is here. Presents are open. Family is visiting. The normal routines are a mess. Though we may love the fact that we don’t have to get our children up at the crack of...
Unwanted Gifts - Behavior

Help Children Graciously Accept Disappointing Gifts

It happens quite often, a child wants a cool new game and ends up getting a pair of socks. If this is your child, especially your child with isms, how might you handle it without...
Holiday Stress

Holidays Without Stress: How to Make the Holidays Work for Your Family

We’re not that different from Pavlov’s dogs, who famously drooled at the sound of a bell that had been associated with food. Triggers in our environment cue us to engage in certain behaviours. This...

Sensory Motor Holiday Gift Suggestions

When you have a child with specific sensory and/or motor needs, it is important to keep these in mind when shopping for holiday gifts.  I still remember spending money I did not have...

Tinsel Time: 5 Sensory Activities

The holiday season is upon us, and soon, leftover tinsel will be sold at deep discounts.  You know tinsel, that stringy, messy, silvery stuff that some toss onto their Christmas trees to create more...