Emotions

Meltdown

Avoid Outbursts – Get Emotional Responses Under Control

When my son JJ was 16 years old, he was suspended from high school for his impulsive behavior. His peers knew what buttons to push and it continually got him into trouble. The Incredible...

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...
tantrum

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...

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...
self-esteem

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...

Let Happy Be: How to Encourage Happiness

I am sure by now most of you know that I have autism. Sometimes having autism means that I experience life and see things differently. My life is far from the typical 20-year-old, but...

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...
Inspiration for Kids

Inspire Kids – The Story of a Tiny Frog who Didn’t Listen

Once upon a time, there was an ambitious group of tiny frogs who arranged a climbing competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tree. A huge crowd of frogs...

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...

Emotional IQ, Empathy, Compassion: What Do They Mean to Special Needs Parents?

These terms are thrown around these days. Yet, I do not believe you can have one without the other. Psychology Today identifies emotional intelligence as the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and...