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...
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? ...
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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...
rage

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...
Empathy

Teach Empathy – a Tool for Social Success

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the meaning of empathy is "the experiencing as one's own of the feelings of another". Empathy is a great tool to have in your toolbox for success. When I taught...
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Eggspressions: Learn to Eggspress Your Feelings!

Eggspressions is a set of six unique egg-heads that help children learn to identify and express their feelings. The eggs are constructed of solid wood and decorated with durable child safe paint. A storybook accompanies...

Shift Your Focus During a Tantrum: God Spoke to Me

It was a beautiful day as I cheerily loaded my kids in the car to take my youngest son, Jake, to Occupational Therapy.  He eagerly climbed his 7-year-old body into his car seat.  Jake...

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...

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...

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...