Life Skills

Teaching Basic Life Skills to your Special Needs Children

Lets face it. As a parent, you simply won't be around for your child's entire lifetime.  Sooner or later your child is going to have to become independent and the earlier you start teaching...

On the Road With “Isms”

I want to talk about driving from the perspective of a special-ism individual. It's a topic that often comes up; the one my friends lovingly tease me about. I will give some overall advice...

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...
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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. ...

“My Plan vs. Your Plan”: Seven Tips for Parents to Promote a Shift in...

It's summertime! It’s a time for cookouts, evening swims, and family vacations. Summer is full of “plans”. But what if you live with a son or daughter who gets stuck on their own plans!? In...

Teaching Your Special Needs Child to Swim

I've heard it said that it's best to get your child into swimming lessons as early as possible. In fact, age one was suggested within our mother's group. As it turned out, this was poor...

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...

Festivity of Foods: Not for Kids with Anxious Moods

For many kids with anxious moods, holiday meals are nothing to celebrate.  Let's explore the anxious moods of Maddie, Anthony and Patty.  Discover tips and ideas to reduce or eliminate a child's anxiety around...
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...

P to the Power of 3! The Power of Positive Peer Pressure

Many recent news stories have dealt with the negative side of peer pressure and bullying – especially for those kids who might not “fit in” as well as others. I’d like to focus on...