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January 2011 Blog Posts (12)

It's Not Too Early For...Camp

I attended camp every summer from the time I was 5 until I was 15. I then started working at camp. Camp was something I looked forward to each summer. The overnight camp I attended, Camp Barney Medintz, instilled in me a sense of belonging, independence, achievement, freedom and well, just plain happiness. Iearned how…

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Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on January 31, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

The Words Don't Make Sense in My Head

As a practicing school therapist for many years, I can remember one of my bright  students with Asberger's syndrome lamenting to me one day that when the teacher or I told him to do something (or in more instances to STOP doing something!) he once replied to me  that "the words don't always make sense in my head".  There was our clue to try a different approach!…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Bad Behavior Basher

I can't think of a better "bad behavior basher", than a swing. I happen to have a swing in my kitchen. That's right. No my kitchen is not state-of-the-art, modern or over-sized. It is a 1970's…

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Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on January 24, 2011 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Success Stories for Manners

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 19, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Manners Are So Much More Than "Please" and "Thank You"

To some people, good manners means having etiquette, using proper speech such as "please" and "thank you" or asking to be excused from the table after dinner. For children of all abilities it's important to know that good pragmatics and social skills are the basis for having good "manners." Pragmatics is defined by the American Speech Language Hearing Association…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on January 18, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Pre-Writing Activities For A 4 Year-Old

My child's private day school called and asked about a recommendation to improve the Pre-K children's fine motor and writing skills. They clarified that many of the children do not hold a pencil before Kindergarten and they want to work on…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on January 18, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

How to Have Good Manners





Having a moral code goes so far back, it's hard to date. I suspect that even before, “Honor Your Mother and Father,” came along, manners were expected. However, manners are not innate. Children aren't born knowing how to behave. Social norms have to be taught. The old saying, “Do as I say and not as I…

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Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on January 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

A Happy Birthday to "US"!-a true story of lasting friendship

Today is my birthday! I share this day with another wonderful woman who I met in High School. Let me tell you about our story and our lasting friendship.

I was never one to follow the crowd and I definitely beat to my own drum. I walked into the cafeteria one day and saw that all…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on January 11, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Join Me this Week as a Guest on the Coffee Klatch!

As I write this the weather in much of the U.S. is in winter's icy grip. Since it is too cold to venture outside, how about grabbing a cup of your favorite coffee or hot tea…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 10, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Recognizing The Rumbling Stage

We've had some great advice this week from our team of…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 5, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Are Tantrums Our Fault?

Not Entirely!

If we all documented each time our child had a tantrum, we'd see that it was either at a specific time of day, a result from a specific action, stemmed from a communication breakdown, or the like. Children thrive on expectations. This means when a child understands their boundaries and knows what to expect, they are more likely to have success. On the…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on January 4, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Alternatives To Tantrums for Autism

I'm no expert on tantrums. I have 4 children and have seen each one present tantrums to some degree or another. I have failed many times at alleviating tantrums and have also succeeded at times. I know one thing for sure - my own state of being at the time has a lot to do with how successful I am at dealing…

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Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on January 3, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

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