Emotions

How Are You Feeling? On Expressing Emotion, Being Present, and Getting to Grace

Like daring to be happy, expressing emotion takes courage. Helping someone express what they're truly feeling requires trust; it necessitates being both present and patient. This truth came clear to me after sharing a...

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...
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New School Year: Avoid the Assumption Trap

As the summer days come to an end, we are all thinking about the start to another school year. Parents are doing back to school shopping, talking with their children about the new school year,...

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...
Goal Setting

New Years, Goal Setting and our Learning Style

It's that time of year again! My goal for 2014 will be to lose 20 pounds!  That's a great goal on many levels, but what is my plan for achieving my desired end result? ...

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...

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...

Tips On Teasing

Has your child ever felt hurt by other children at school? Has your child been teased about appearance or ability? What about being left out or excluded from a lunch group or conversation? Does...
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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...

The Five Point Scale – It’s Impact on Self-Regulation

As an individual on the spectrum, I love using The Five Point Scale for self-regulation. I have used it numerous times, in many different situations. One aspect I love about The Five Point Scale...