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September 2012 Blog Posts (14)

October is Sensory Awareness Month

Fall is a transition time both in terms of the season, themes and schedule changes that accompany it.  Let’s start with the back to school transition and some of the challenges that go along with this change for children with sensory processing issues.  Instructors Alice Hammel and Ryan Hourigan discuss the struggles…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

FOCUS on Successful STRATEGIES for ADHD!

Throughout the years, I cannot tell you how many parents and teachers have come to me almost begging for suggestions to help children with ADHD be more focused in the classroom. I have several strategies that I am going to share with you today.

Before I share a few proven strategies, allow me to add a “side note” on ADHD and medication. Whether or not you decide to put your child on medication is an issue for you and your child’s pediatrician. I am certainly not advocating one way or…


Added by PAM BROGDON on September 26, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Processing Spooky Halloween Touches!

Before our children can learn, they must have the cognitive foundational skills on which to base their knowledge. What do I mean…


Added by PAM BROGDON on September 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

One Amazing Teen!

Here in Florida where I live, the housing market has been hit especially hard by the recession. So it was a delightful surprise to run across the news of Willow Tufano who is making lemons into lemonade in this tough economy by buying homes in foreclosure then fixing them up all by using a business plan she developed. Oh and did I mention she is only 15 and has ADHD? Check out her amazing story below.  Remember September is ADHD awareness month.   Do you know a hero with ADHD? Please share…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 20, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

How to Respond to a Whiner...

Whining is something that can really set a parent off. In truth, everybody whines and my husband would agree! My husband says that when I’m whining, that’s his cue to empathize. It usually works until my whining is over. We all whine for a reason, just as Cecilia Cruse wrote in her blog…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on September 18, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Whining ,Winning or Just "Oh Well" or "We’ll See? "

I remember the days of my own children whining and I am reliving each moment 10 times over every day with other people’s children that I teach. My own children learned very quickly that it didn’t get them very far. As they grew older they dreaded the phrase” Oh, well” and “We’ll see?” because it usually meant that…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on September 17, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

ADHD Tools & Resources for This School Year!

Labor Day Weekend is now behind us, and nearly all students have officially begun a new school year.  It probably comes as no surprise that during this school year, there will be new issues for families of children and teens challenged with AD/HD.

We already know that the rate or prevalence of AD/HD is increasing.  We also know there is technology to help the children and adults affected.  However, what about the availability of reliable information, resources and …


Added by Joan M. Brennan on September 16, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sensational Strategies for Reading and Writing

Strategies are an important part of our children’s learning. Strategies can help all children and some more than others. Strategies are used in all aspects of learning and here are some  of the many great strategies and tools to help your children with reading and writing.



Added by Tobi Isaacs on September 16, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Homework Helper

Great minds think alike! As I discuss the subject of homework with my colleague (and fellow blogger) Tobi Isaacs, she references Dr. Harris Cooper’s work on this topic in her recent blog. It's entitled Homework: Too Much, Too Little or Just…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Homework: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right?

I am actually writing this blog while my daughter, who is eight years old and in the fourth grade, is doing her homework. She has been working for over two hours, and I can see the exhaustion on her face. The problem isn't that I think she has too much homework, but that she is not being taught the curriculum enough…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on September 12, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Helpful Homework Tips

Just say the word "homework," and you'll notice almost everyone cringes. We have all had countless hours, at some point, struggling over getting homework done either for ourselves or our children. Then there are teachers who think they are the only class your child is taking, so they pile it on even…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on September 11, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

September is ADHD Awareness Month

Just a quick heads up that September is ADHD Awareness Month! We all know family members, students, children and adults with this diagnosis and the challenges it can bring.  Many years ago our team here at Abilitations had the great pleasure of helping on an episode of the popular TV series Extreme Makeover:…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 8, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

When Whining Means More

We all know that kids whine! It’s practically a rite of passage at the toddler age then again in the tween-teenage years and sometimes all ages in between! Sometimes though when our children with special needs whine it means much more.  Well-meaning parents, caregivers or teachers may say to “Use your Words!” but what if the child does not yet have any words? Or can’t motor plan the words they are thinking to speak them out loud using the complex muscles and movements of the jaw, tongue,…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 7, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Do I Hear Whining?

I think we parents understand that whining comes with the territory; but that does not mean we wouldn’t like to “nip it in the bud”. What are some effective ways to do that?

Every behavior has a function. Whining is no different. It’s function is usually to get attention. So when your younger child starts…


Added by PAM BROGDON on September 6, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

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