Emotions

“Ah Shucks!” Teach Kids How to Deal with Disappointment

Lots of the kids in our Social Adventures Groups have trouble dealing with disappointment. They don’t like to lose. They don’t like it when they can’t be first at an activity. They don’t like it when a...

Childhood Anxiety: Learn to Dance the Tide

"Childhood Anxiety is treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report.  Anxiety is a normal part of...

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...
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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...

Avoid Outbursts by Controlling Emotional Responses

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...