Life Skills

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Summer: Perfect Time to Develop Social & Self-Help Skills

Summer is right around the corner! Kids will be home from school, sleeping in late, and procrastinating on any assigned summer reading.  When I was in middle school, summer had to be “productive”.  For...
Social Skill Autopsy

Perform a Social Skill Autopsy to Improve Social Skills

As parents, we know the pain we feel for our children when they do not have friends, are not invited to parties or play dates, and always seem to be on the outside looking...
Teach Kids to Express their Opinion

Prepare Kids to Express their Opinion

Some of the adult students I work with have not learned that they are entitled to an opinion.  Some do not realize that they can say "No, thanks" to something that are not interested...
friend file

Create a Friend File – a Tool for Social Integration

Create a friend file, a tool for social integration is a strategy created by Michelle Garcia Winners to facilitate interactive perspective taking.    Initiating conversations can be challenging for many children with various isms....

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...

Don’t Forget to Pack a Social Backpack

From August to early September there were many articles on things parents can do to help prepare their sons and daughters for that return back to the classroom.  However, there are so many social...

Workability – Kids Learn to Earn

Labor Day - always the first Monday in September is "a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute...
Rudy Simone

How to Survive the Workplace

Rudy Simone found that the biggest challenge in the workplace was spending day after day with the same people.  Frustrations included her skill set not being taken advantage of, being bullied, and constantly being...
potty training

Summer Is Here! Ready to Potty?

Summer for many families means new routines and a new set of objectives to accomplish before the next school year begins.  One of these objectives may be what seems to be a most daunting...
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Teach Life Skills – Create Success for Independence

All parents want independence for their children. I am no different; I desired for my son with isms to live independently with success and with much dedication and effort, he is doing just that. ...