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June 2013 Blog Posts (7)

Cool Ideas to Keep Cool on the 4th!

As I write this the thermometer is already hovering in the upper 80’s where I live in Florida and a quick glance at the weather maps shows temperatures hitting the 100° mark in several states.  With this heat along with the upcoming US Independence Day holiday, it seemed like the perfect time to share a…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 28, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

5 Must Haves for Your Summer Sensory Survival Kit

Going somewhere over summer vacation?   Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or car, here is a quick list of summer essentials to help manage the journey and the adventure:

  1. For car rides, waiting in lobbies or terminals, instead of using a smart tablet app or portable video game why not bring…

Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 20, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Transition’s Bag of Tricks

  We all know transitions can be one of the most difficult skills for a child to learn. Sometimes all the tips and strategies can help but still the problem persists. That’s when a bag of tricks can help the parent or the educator. Mind you, this is not a permanent solution and needs to change frequently so the child…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on June 13, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Taking the Sting out of Summer

Summer can be a wonderful time spent leisurely with the family, but sometimes idle time can be a negative formula for a regression of skills for a child with special needs. It is not only important to keep a regular schedule during the summer (as best you can- a different schedule than the school year but a schedule…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on June 12, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Summertime and Social Skills

Summertime and the living is supposed to be easy right?   But for many children the change from a structured school routine to a more casual schedule with more social gatherings (family vacations, trips to the mall, movies, pool parties, etc.) can be very stressful with increased outbreaks of stubbornness, refusals,…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 11, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Stubborn, Fearful or Just taking a stand?

Sometimes stubbornness can mask the ability to make decisions or the fear in making one. Ever hear the phrase “digging your heels in”?  Surely we have all had periods of stubbornness-the will not budge syndrome either physically or viewpoint-because we truly felt we were sticking to our belief. But when the…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on June 11, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tips to Create Successful Transitions from School to Home for the Summer

Children, especially those with special needs, thrive on a schedule. Consistency brings them peace-of-mind knowing what to expect next. Each child knows what they need to do to get to school, transition through classes, lunch, extra-curricular activities and the like. Children get comfortable and used to what…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 10, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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