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Decoding Difficulties? Introduce The Diphthong Song

"A diphthong is a sound made by combining two vowels, specifically when it starts as one vowel sound and goes to another, like the oy sound in oil. Diphthong comes from the Greek word diphthongos...
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Teach Children Forgiveness – Let Go of Resentment

Back when my son with autism was in junior high school, he was a target for bullying. As a result, he drew a picture of himself being hung. Above his head, he wrote the...

Simple Yoga to Reduce Anxiety in Kids

Are your looking to reduce anxiety in your child?  Yoga is by far one of the most accessible, effective and low-cost anxiety reducing techniques available. Did you know that 1 in 8 children are diagnosed...
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Tips for Successful Travel with Your Sensitive Child

In Traveling with a Sensory Seeking Child we explored strategies to support your child on vacation if he or she is a sensory seeker, but what if your child is sensitive, more of a...

Keep Exercise Alive During the School Year

Children faced many transitions at the beginning of the school year.  By this time of year, they have settled into a routine and most of the kinks of adjusting to back to school...

Five Bully-Busting Basics for Students and Parents

When I was just a wee safety guy, I was picked on my fair share—apparently, wearing a Batman outfit and constantly warning other fourth-graders to be careful on the jungle-gym is grounds for some...

Encourage Phonemic Awareness with the ABC Action Chant

Years ago, when my children were in their preschool and kindergarten years, we discovered that the ABC Action Chant is a multi-sensory way to teach young children letters and their corresponding sounds. Letters and sounds...
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Enhance Your Sensory Diet with Simple Rocks

With summer behind us and Indian Summer at its height, my children and I have been enjoying quieter time at the beach, in our yard and on walks. Everywhere we go, there seems to be...

MultiSensory Learning: Orton-Gillingham Hears, Sees and Touches a Who!

Dr. Seuss may have written Horton Hears A Who!, but Orton-Gillingham wants us to not only hear, but also see and touch the who! Multisensory teaching uses more than one of the child's senses to...

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...