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May 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Spend Smart: 5 Under $50!

Just in time for summer here are 5 great solutions for sensory motor skill play that won’t break your budget!

1. Kids Can Too:  This home exercise program is packed full of activities to work on pinch strength, pencil skills, hand and wrist exercises and more!  Ages 3 and up.…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 31, 2012 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Creating a Positive Camp Experience

I recently found myself discussing with a parent the many opportunities a positive camp experience offers children. It dawned on me during the conversation that the parent had almost "given up" on the idea that her child could have a real camp experience. Now, let me be clear on what I mean by a "camp experience."…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on May 31, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Best Organizational Apps for ADHD

Do you need some organization in your life? We all know that this can be a challenge whether ADHD is a part of our lives or not.  With our kids’ and our own schedules to manage, due dates for bills to remember, deadlines for projects at work and other responsibilities, we need a GOOD plan, the best strategies, and appropriate tools to help us get everything accomplished---on time.  However, when ADHD is added to the mix, well, there may very well be a need for special…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on May 30, 2012 at 7:02pm — 2 Comments

Our Amazing Brain and Hands

We so often take our amazing able bodies for granted. Those of us that have or work with children with special needs know the power of our hands as tools. We also know how critical it is for our cognitive, sensory and motor systems to be aligned in order to create good fine-motor skills. As a reminder and an update on the advances in medicine and technology, here's an informative news clip on some of the brain research currently being done on individuals with…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 24, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Skill-Building Apps for Challenged Readers

With summer nearly upon us, there are some students and their parents who may be searching for good apps designed for improvement in the following reading skill areas:

                                                     • Focusing

                                                     • Word-attack skills

                                                     • Fluency



Added by Joan M. Brennan on May 19, 2012 at 4:41pm — 7 Comments

Therapy Tools on a Budget: 4 tips to help you make the most of your money.

It is great to have products and tools at our fingertips, but our fingertips don’t spew out cash either! It is important to pick and choose tools that best fit a child’s needs. There are many avenues, outlets, and ways for a child to receive the proper tools they need to help enhance their therapy and overall success…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on May 17, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

CCS: A New Tool on the Horizon for Assessing Communication Skills

As we continue to celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month I was excited to see a new screening tool being developed out of the University of Kansas.  The Communications Complexity Scale or CCS is designed to measure the communication…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 17, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Clever Comprehension Strategies That Work!

I am a fan of Eric Jensen’s work /research on how the brain learns.  One of his blogs gives 10 Quick Tips on how to keep students engaged in learning throughout the day.  Tip #2 for…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 10, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Successful Communication Requires Good Comprehension

Successful communication requires a listener and a speaker. One person is sending the message while the other is receiving the message. However, there is something missing. The message being sent must be maintained between the two. If two people are speaking completely different languages and are sending messages to…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on May 8, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Strategies, Tools, Apps & More for Struggling Learners

You know that learning does not come easily for every student. Parents and teachers often look for specific strategies and resources to assist struggling readers and learners, especially those with AD/HD, dyslexia, or other issues. Here are just a few that you might consider for the challenged student(s) in your life:

1. Request or allow for course and book content to be available via audiotape, CD, or DVD.

2. Use a portable,…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on May 8, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Please vote for my son!

Its been a long time since I have been on here, Im glad to be back! My son who has cerbral palsy and seizure disorder and he is unable to walk or talk has had another dignosis. He has scolliosis, so we went to meet with the orthopedics surgeon and nero surgeon and they said he needs the surgery,after my heart came back up from my stomach, we discussed the options,which was have the surgery or not. If he does not have the surgery it is a 100 % chance it will get worse and eventually his lungs…


Added by Amanda on May 2, 2012 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

10 Fun Tools for Enhancing Listening and Speech/Language Development

Listening and talking are definitely something we take for granted. The intricacies, muscles and cognitive processes involved in listening and speaking are miraculous to say the least. Listening requires focus and attention whereas talking requires an understanding of sounds, then words and even later grammar and…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on May 1, 2012 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

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