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A Special Interest: An Obsession or a Tool?

We all have things that we love to think and talk about.  For example, Chris enjoys to talk about his love for Disney World and Wine.  Ok, they are two very different things but...

Festivity of Foods: Not for Kids with Anxious Moods

For many kids with anxious moods, holiday meals are nothing to celebrate.  Let's explore the anxious moods of Maddie, Anthony and Patty.  Discover tips and ideas to reduce or eliminate a child's anxiety around...
Therapeutic Holiday Gift Giving

35 Holiday Gift Ideas for Therapeutic Play

The holiday season is here in full swing.  With the holidays quickly approaching, it may be hard to figure out an appropriate gift to give to children impacted by various isms.  Consider giving a...

Avoid Outbursts: Teach Children Emotional Control

When my son, JJ, was 16 years old, he was suspended from high school for his impulsive behavior. His peers seemed to know what buttons to push to get him to lose emotional control...

Chores – They Do a Child a World of Good

I have spent more than 15 years working specifically in an Adult Transition program.  From those years of experience, I can advise to get started as early as possible assigning chores which is basically...

Consider Yoga to Develop Social Skills

The benefits of yoga seem to be numberless.  Every person has a different reason why they practice yoga or even a different idea of why others practice yoga.  Common responses are for flexibility, relaxation,...

What is “Stimming” and Why is it Important?

Does your child frequently rock, bob their knee, make annoying humming noises, squint or smell strange things that he shouldn't?  These behaviours are forms of sensory stimulation or otherwise referred to as  stimming and...

Boost Self-Esteem – Eliminate the Label

Have you noticed that special needs diagnoses have negative terms like deficit, hyperactive, pervasive, disorder, and syndrome? Would having these terms used to describe you help or hinder your self-esteem? How do you think...

Enhance Social Skills with Partner Poses

"The blend of sensory integration strategies and yoga techniques creates a natural sensory diet for children.  Through yoga partner poses, we find core sensory input though proprioceptive (input to the joints) and vestibular input...

“Ah Shucks!” Teach Kids How to Deal with Disappointment

Lots of the kids in our Social Adventures Groups have trouble dealing with disappointment. They don’t like to lose. They don’t like it when they can’t be first at an activity. They don’t like it when a...