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Discover Summer Camp Success for Your Special Needs Child

Happy summer, everyone! Today's topic is addressing one of the summer's most difficult challenges: summer camps. Selecting a Camp Depending on what type of camp your child attends, whether it be a typical camp or a...

A Day at Monster Jam: Tips for Preparing “those” Summer Events

Summer is a time many families are looking for those fun, high interest activities to do with their kids. As a counselor, one of the biggest fears I often hear from parents is, “We...

Summertime Heat Equals Heightened Anxiety

The sun is shining, the temperature is rising and in your mind you think the best way to spend a stifling hot summer day is by taking the kids to a local splash pad...

Self-Regulation – Attained from an Old Sandbox

The sun is shining. You’re itching to get outside. However, you know you need a little something special to lure the sensory child in your life outside into the heat.  All you have to...
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Ten Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

Summer is a opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!”  Although learning does not end with the school term, desk work becomes...
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Make Learning Fun: Hold a Photo Rally

When I was in high school, one of the best club activities I ever participated in was a "Polaroid Rally". We were sent on an adventure throughout the city to collect photos of various...

Keep Summer Camps Simple and Focus on Fun

As the school year winds down, I hear many of my parent friends lamenting the long summer ahead.  Summer vacation can be an even bigger challenge for parents of kids with special needs. I...

Bubbles: 7 Ideas to Stimulate the Senses

Bubbles.  Wonderful fun for kids of all ages and especially beneficial to children in need of oral sensory input.  Used by speech language pathologists and occupational therapists, bubble blowing offers loads of sensory fun...

Summer Travel with the Sensory Defensive Child

Some children have nervous systems that are easily overwhelmed. They may demonstrate sensory defensiveness and/or poor sensory regulation/modulation. As a result, careful planning is needed to make summer travel plans successful. Establish Familiar Routines Children...

Best Kept Secrets for Helping Your Child Succeed in Summer Programs

My church is in the midst of a very exciting and fun-filled Vacation Bible School (VBS) week. I recently talked on the phone at length with the VBS Director regarding how to best support...