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Emotional Interpretation of Children with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs and particularly parents of children on the autism spectrum, are often led to believe that their child has "no emotions or no empathy". Unfortunately, this is a stereotype based...

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...

Dogs Who Teach Social Skills

I've met some pretty amazing dogs in my life and we have one in our family. His name is Huck and he is a full-size Labradoodle. But the dogs who participate in the K-9...
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Teach Social Skills Through Group Art

Sharing social experiences is where we all start to connect and make friends. This is a natural process in life. Sometimes finding ways for these opportunities to happen for children with various isms can...

Playing is Serious Business – Discover How to Make it Fun

Do you remember playing with friends when you were a child?  The winter time snow storms where all of the kids on the street were jumping in the highest snow banks. Then afterwards everyone would gather...
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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...
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Pause the ADHD Outburst

Here you are in that moment where you have scolded your child for doing something unsafe or for disobeying a rule.  Maybe the result of a denied request is an impulsive, angry tantrum put...

Stuck, Stubborn & Always Right? Change Patterns of Rigid Thinking

Rigid thinking can create conflict, struggle with transitions and anxiety.  Let's take a look at three children struggling with rigid thinking. Bobby screams if daddy makes scrambled eggs instead of mommy. For some children with...

The Other Social Skill: Saying Good-Bye and its Role in Maintaining Relationships

I recently completed a social skills program with Chris, my 11 year-old son, geared toward teaching kids with autism and other social processing deficits the basic pragmatics of engaging in social contact with other...
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Encouraging a Special Needs Child to be a Child

Every child with special needs is still a child at heart. No matter what issues, conditions, diagnoses or disabilities help educators, parents, and professionals figure out how to teach and reach a child, there...