Social

Can Children Suffer From a Fear of Death?

I can distinctly remember being in my grade four classroom and sitting directly beside the window. Our school was very close to a fire and ambulance station, and every now and again the sirens...

Having an Ism and Having a Roommate

At the University of Florida (UF), we are already halfway through the semester. I promised I’d share tips and stories and things I’ve been learning in college, and this month, I want to talk...

Begin to Teach Feelings Using 3 Basic Tips

A couple of years ago, I sat crying on the sofa with my trusty lab draped across my lap. I can only tell you that I felt extremely elated and somewhat sad because my...

Rumor Has It

Hey, did you hear…Marsha and Kirk were suspended for kissing at recess? Has your child ever been confused about whether something he or she heard is true? Does your child pass along the unconfirmed...

Parallel Play: Wanting the Same Toy as His Playmate

Do you wonder why children want the same toy when they are surrounded by other stimulating and maybe more fun toys?  This is typical for children from the age of two to three years....

The Journey of Acceptance and Self-Advocacy

I have always known I was different from others; ever since I was a little girl I knew that I had special needs. I knew that I went to therapy, I knew that I...
It's So Much Work to be Your Friend

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...

Kids with Isms Can Benefit by Using Lists

My world is full of lists. I have them on my walls and whiteboards at work, on papers at home and scattered through synchronized computer systems, including my mobile phone, computer, iPad, print outs....
social skills - teenagers

Foundation for Successful Social Skills Groups for Teens

In our practice, we run multiple teen groups on a regular and consistent basis.  Our groups have been successful for our community and I am often asked questions from prospective clients or fellow professionals...

Teaching Your Special Needs Child to Swim

I've heard it said that it's best to get your child into swimming lessons as early as possible. In fact, age one was suggested within our mother's group. As it turned out, this was poor...