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November 2012 Blog Posts (8)

What does autism LOOK like?

So, the holiday season brings up a lot of strange feelings for parents who have children on the spectrum. we worry about things like how we're going to handle the unsolicited advice from family members, how we are going to…

Added by J. O. on November 29, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Strategies for Calmer Holidays

And just like that the holidays are upon us again! With all the magic of the season, it can also be overwhelming for many children and families especially those with special needs.  If you are searching for ideas for calmer holidays, here are a few resources:

Check out Julie Martin’s blog in Chicago parent on Stress Free Holidays. She gives some practical tips on how to structure time,…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 29, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Three Must-Haves for Travel Transitions

Are you heading out by car, plane or train for Thanksgiving this year? Have any holiday special activities or special events going on at school that involve going to/from the gym/auditorium or cafeteria? Does the thought of these changes and transitions…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 21, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Tis' The Season for Toys!

There are many toys to give your children this holiday season that will not only be fun, but can benefit them educationally too! You can use hands-on science projects,…


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

Let's Talk Turkey!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I came across a great blog from Melanie Potock. She is a Speech Language Pathologist that specializes in feeding disorders.  Entitled  Parents: How…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 15, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Come Visit Us at the NAEYC Conference!

I am headed this week to work with our Early Childhood colleagues at the National Association for Education of Young Children Annual Conference (NAEYC) taking place November 7-10th at the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. Thousands of early…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 6, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Do Your Kids Eat-to-Live OR Live-to-Eat?

Between my friends and me, we can place all of our children in one category or another when it comes to eating. There seems to be no middle ground. With my children, I have found that they are the…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on November 5, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Picky Eaters

Now that school is in full swing it means that cafeterias around the country are serving up their weekly fare. Even for the most versatile eater, school menus can sometimes be a challenge, but for many children with special needs, the whole lunchroom scene is a meltdown disaster waiting to happen! If you have a picky eater and/or a child with sensory defensiveness here are a few tips that may help make mealtimes go smoother:…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 1, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

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