Emotions

Consider Yoga to Develop Social Skills

The benefits of yoga seem to be numberless.  Every person has a different reason why they practice yoga or even a different idea of why others practice yoga.  Common responses are for flexibility, relaxation,...

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...

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...
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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,...

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...
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How do I Build Self-Confidence in My Child?

Self-Confidence is crucial for the emotional development of children. Self- Confidence is what helps them follow thru on tasks despite ups and downs and accomplish goals at home, in school and other activities. It...
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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...

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...

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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8 Strategies to Create a Safe Environment during Explosive Behaviors & Risky Meltdowns

Families impacted by the behavior of children with special needs commonly deal with potentially dangerous scenarios. For some, the behaviors can quickly become aggressive and very serious. Autism, in particular, can present “meltdowns” which...