I am writing this message to you as an educator, advocate, and mother of young children. I feel privileged to work alongside so many brilliant and passionate Early Childhood Educators. I have spent many years advocating for more resources for vulnerable youth and families living in poverty. Five years ago, I was assigned the task … Continue reading Recognizing the Importance of our Children on National Child Day, Nov. 20th, 2017
Getting ready to trick-or-treat? Candy, treats, parties, parades, costumes, masks, makeup…it all sounds like lots and LOTS of fun, but for the sensory sensitive child, it may feel like a challenge. If your child has some difficulty with sensory processing (the interpretation and response to sight, sound, touch, taste, and perception of movement and position) Halloween may actually feel … Continue reading HALLOWEEN TIPS FOR THE SENSORY SENSITIVE CHILD
October is Occupational Therapy (OT) month! For those families who are new to OT this school year, you might be wondering what OT is all about. A young child’s occupation is to learn and to play. An OT can help a child to develop skills to succeed in this occupation. There are several areas that … Continue reading A Child’s Job is to Learn and Play
A Review - Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity - Steve Silberman I was instantly captured by the subject matter of this book, especially given Oliver Sacks’ ‘roll-out-the-carpet” forward that begs clear attention. My interest and pure enjoyment in working with children exhibiting characteristics of autism and/or diagnosed with autism spectrum … Continue reading BIG LIT Reviews
As I sit down to write this last blog before summer break, it seems like the month of June is overwhelming to so many families! Graduations, end of year celebrations, final days of sports, P.A.T.’S, final exams, field trips, meetings and so much more! Whew it is a lot! Kids are checked out, parents are … Continue reading Summer is Here!
Recently in one of my training seminars, I had a mom share that her son currently had no friends. There is such heartbreak in sharing such a statement! I felt for this mom, and so we took a moment to take a snap-shot of who was in her son’s life. We started by reviewing the … Continue reading A Search for Friends! Who is in your child’s life?
How do we stop doing things for our children that they can do for themselves? I have been receiving some great questions lately about supporting independence– so let’s look into this area further. It is often hard to slow down and allow children to do things for themselves. We live in fast times, and it … Continue reading Do with… not for!