Fall Family Fun [to promote gross motor skills]

With summer behind us and school just around the corner, there are many ways to celebrate the season of fall (my personal favorite!). Fall is a great time to get outdoors and explore the changing colors, new smells, and sounds of crinkling leaves. Looking for some games that promote improved gross motor skills to try? I am here to help! …

6 Organizational Tips for the Disorganized Student

Teaching organizational skills does not come naturally to most parents. It’s something adults just seem to do and are unsure of how to explain it to kids. Here are 6 tips to help get more organized with children of any age: Use a calendar There are many different types of calendars that can be used. Create a family calendar and …

6 Reasons Why This School Year is the Right Time to Seek Private Therapy

Does your child already receive some sort of therapy in school? Have you ever thought about getting private therapy too? Maybe you have questioned that decision because you thought that may be too much therapy. Guess what? There is no such thing as too much therapy. With therapy, it always pays to double down Due to time constraints of classes …

Back to School Snacks for Brain Power

Back to school is a busy time for many families. Trying to plan daily snacks to help provide much needed nutrients and energy for a child can be a daunting task and it is easy to fall into a snack time rut. Following are some quick snacks which provide healthy alternatives to pre-packaged easy to grab snacks. Olives and a …

Study Tips: How to Make Information Stick!

School is right around the corner, and with that comes new schedules, new friends, and new tests! Studying for tests can be a very stressful event for students and their parents alike. Here are some ways to take some of the edge off studying for tests this school year! Find out which way your child learns best Everyone has their …

Is Technology Impeding My Child’s Social Skills?

With the continuous increase in the use of technology throughout our everyday lives, the trend has trickled down to young children as well. iPads, tablets, cell phones, social media, and video games have become staples in every home for both parents, teenagers, and younger children alike. But could this massive use of technology be causing harm to our children’s social …

How to Ease Anxiety for the First Day of School

Is your child up late tossing and turning before the first day of school? Don’t worry, it won’t be that bad! Just tell your child to keep their head up and follow these 6 simple tips to make the first day great! 1.Visit the school or attend the open house before the first day of school  One thing that really …

Backpack Readiness

Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture? Does your child have these symptoms after wearing a heavy school backpack? Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems. Loading …

How to Calm Your Child When Having a Meltdown

One of the biggest challenges for many families who have a child with special needs is dealing with negative behaviors and meltdowns. “What calming strategies have you found to be successful?” is a question I get asked often. Here are my Top 10 Tips to calm a child having a meltdown: 1. Prevention is the best policy.  This will become …

Child Meltdowns: Do this, not that

Temper tantrums come in all shapes and forms, but their causes can generally be traced back to two occurrences: a child not getting what they want, or inability to communicate (or a combination of both). What has the biggest effect in decreasing problem behaviors? The behavior of the adult. Your reaction and actions in the face of the situation can …