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December 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Celebrate Calm: Use P.R.E.V.E.N.T. With Tantrums

Kicking and screaming BE GONE! If only we could wiggle our nose and magically stop a child that's in the middle of a tantrum. Tantrums often occur because a child is over-stimulated and can’t express their frustration. Although tantrums are normal in children ages 3-6 years, some children are prone to tantrums due to neurological inefficiencies found…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on December 31, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

A Teachers New Years Resolutions...

Here are some great New Years resolutions created by a seasoned teacher and administrator. What are YOUR New Years resolutions for yourself or your students?


I will find more time to make…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on December 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ode to Empathetic Teachers EVERYWHERE


Apple_With_Heart_9842.jpg Apple with heart image by AlexanderAssociates   David has many gifts. He wrote an essay thanking his third grade teacher for understanding what he needed when he was in third grade. I find it a poignant reminder of all the fantastic educators I have met. Teachers that don't insist 'this is my class, and students need to do as they are told.' The essay is about teachers that allow children to learn in the way that is best for them, whether it is standing at…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on December 24, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Mattie Stepanek: A Message of Hope

I recently saw an interview with Oprah Winfrey who named young Mattie Stepanek as one of her greatest inspirations.  Mattie was a young man with a rare form of  muscular dystrophy who through his writings became quite well known, including several of  his books of poetry which made the New York…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 22, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Food Glorious Food....Mealtime With Special Needs Children

This is the time of year when food seems to be in abundance. Everyone looks forward to their favorite holiday recipe and sharing meals with loved ones. Then when the holidays are over, we will see a plethora of diet ads for everyone to shed off the pounds they gained and…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on December 21, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Children Can Communicate Their Holiday Wishes

Keeping in mind a few small things will enable all of your children to communicate their wishes this holiday season.

Remember, there are many ways to communicate including writing/drawing, facial expressions, actions/movement, technology,…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on December 15, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Waiting for Superman

With my busy travel schedule this fall, I missed the release of this movie so have settled into the book entitled: Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools. It's a fascinating look at the challenges our teachers, schools, students all face and the future of our educational system as a whole. In case you missed the movie like I did, here is the trailer. The DVD release date is expected to be in February…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 15, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Picky, Picky Pete by Michele Griffin ~ A Review

2010 Book of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine- Picky, Picky Pete ~ A Boy and His…


Added by Lorna d'Entremont on December 15, 2010 at 12:09am — No Comments

All In Good Time...Potty Pager....Pleeeeaaase Mom!

Special needs kids present a unique challenge when it comes to potty training and there are many tricks, tools and devices that I would love to have you share.

This week my last child, finally succeeded in being dry at night. It is time to celebrate and burn the pull-ups!



Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on December 13, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

And, the children were nestled all SNUG in their beds...Sensory diet had calmed their holiday heads!

They're coming! My grandchildren and nieces and nephews will be with me for the holidays. I am joyful...and a little nervous! Many of the kids staying over are bringing gifts. Many of them are gifted intellectually. Some of them have the gifts of ADD, and some ADHD. Throw in some SPD and sprinkle with a speech delay...and we have lots of gifts!…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on December 10, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Speech Therapy At Recess? Yes!


Added by Tobi Isaacs on December 10, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...??

As the holiday carol goes.."It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". But for families of children with special needs, these holiday gatherings may be very stressful. The challenge of travel, eating different foods at different times, attending or participating in a pageant or special event at school and/or spending time with unfamiliar relatives can take a toll on any child, but… Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 8, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Toys for Children With Special Needs

Take a look at this toy lending library run by Ohio State University Medical Center, where kids can try out toys at home:) This is a great way for children with special needs to try out toys without the expense. Happy… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on December 6, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Note worthy Paper Making

We appreciate your continued support in our effort to start 50 paper making programs across the United States. Please continue to vote for us by going on line at and texting 104407 at 73774.

Also let us know of any programs that might benifit from a paper making business. We will be looking for 50 such programs when we win the grant.

Added by linda ashby on December 5, 2010 at 9:48am — 4 Comments

Free Webinar on Sensory Play and Learning! Tues, Dec 7th 1pm EST

Join Occupational Therapist and Inclusion Advocate Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L for this enlightening webinar. Participants will learn about the seven senses as well as how the brain integrates and regulates these in everyday activities. The webinar will provide participants with activities that can be done in preschool classrooms to help children explore and integrate sensory information to support learning.…


Added by Ingrid M. Kanics on December 3, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Directions for voting Pepsi Grant

I understand from Sue that the link to our site, at the Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant, didn't work. To get to our site to vote you can go to the home page of and push the education button. Then push the $25000 button. The name of our idea is Note Worthy. Another way is to add /noteworthy to the end of address so it looks like this:…


Added by linda ashby on December 2, 2010 at 11:27pm — 4 Comments

Dec 14 FREE Virtual chat on sensory processing and team empowerment


I am honored to announce that I have been asked by Sandra Schefkind, Pediatric Coordinator for the American OT Association (AOTA) to lead a virtual chat on sensory processing and team empowerment. You (parents, educators, therapists, administrators, school therapists and clinic therapists) can log on to on Dec 14 at 4 PM EST.

The title will be :…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on December 2, 2010 at 6:27pm — 3 Comments

Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant

Several months ago the paper making program that I started for my Intellectually Disabled students was featured on this site. We won several awards for innovative teaching and were featured in the news paper. Now I want to take the idea a step further by starting 50 new programs across the United States. I need your help in 2 ways.

First, I need your votes. Only the top ideas will be funded. You can go to…


Added by linda ashby on December 2, 2010 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

Is a Case of the Mumps a Cause of Concern?

My daughter has brought home one too many letters from school this year in reference to the most recent virus going around and what to look for in our children. The first was strep throat which seemed to affect the 2nd and 4th grades and then there was a case of lice spotted mid-Fall. The most recent letter was a bit of a shock when she brought home a letter stating a case of the mumps has been seen in her school.

I thought, how could that be when we are all inoculated from… Continue

Added by Tobi Isaacs on December 1, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Teens and Texting: A New Perspective

Seems like we are all hearing these days about the overuse of cell phone texting as a form of communication especially among teens. I certainly experienced this first hand with our 15 year old nephew visiting us for the Thanksgiving holidays.…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on December 1, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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