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Summer: Perfect Time to Develop Social & Self-Help Skills

Summer is right around the corner! Kids will be home from school, sleeping in late, and procrastinating on any assigned summer reading.  When I was in middle school, summer had to be “productive”.  For...
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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...

“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...
Social Skill Autopsy

Perform a Social Skill Autopsy to Improve Social Skills

As parents, we know the pain we feel for our children when they do not have friends, are not invited to parties or play dates, and always seem to be on the outside looking...
Teach Kids to Express their Opinion

Prepare Kids to Express their Opinion

Some of the adult students I work with have not learned that they are entitled to an opinion.  Some do not realize that they can say "No, thanks" to something that are not interested...

Teach the Concept of Gray with the Power of Maybe

For the past 20 years I have been surrounded by young children.  I have seen children in therapy as a speech-language pathologist and I have raised three of my own.  I LOVE kids! One thing...

Teach Emotional Intelligence & Build Social Competence

Experts in the field of leadership believe that truly effective leaders possess a high level of emotional intelligence or emotional quotient (EQ).  EQ focuses on self management and relationship management. Emotional intelligence is all about...
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Create a Friend File – a Tool for Social Integration

Create a friend file, a tool for social integration is a strategy created by Michelle Garcia Winners to facilitate interactive perspective taking.    Initiating conversations can be challenging for many children with various isms....

How to Recognize and Teach Kindness

Did you know World Kindness Day is November 13 each year? Do you recall your first recognition of an act of kindness? Some children with various isms do not realize when others are mean to...
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Five Solutions to Support Social Growth

Jaimie, a child with sensory isms, has always struggled with social issues. When she was very young, she was terrified to be around other children and adults. She avoided any sort of social interaction,...