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The Homework Hot Button

With another school year starting up, it seemed the perfect time to revisit the homework discussion.  Check out fellow blogger Tobi’s previous post entitled:  Homework: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right.   She reviews the research from Duke University’s Dr. Harris Cooper and his recommendations on the 10 minute rule for homework: about 10 minutes of homework per day per grade…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 21, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Back to School Means Backpack Awareness

School is back in session and the backpacks are in full force!  Remember that the 3rd Wednesday in September of each year is designated Backpack Awareness Day so this year it falls on September 18, 2013.   Overweight backpacks remain a significant issue with school age students.   The…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 16, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Biological Basis for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders?

There was a press release this week about a  groundbreaking new study from UC San Francisco that has found that children with SPD “….have quantifiable differences in brain structure for the first time showing a biological basis of the disease that sets it apart from other neurodevelopmental disorders.”  You can…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 2, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Getting Ready for Back to School

This past weekend on a bike ride around my neighborhood,  I noticed that most of the school marquees have been updated recently to reflect back to school topics. “Parent’s Day”  “Meet the Teacher” and other orientation messages seem to be the predominant theme as these waning July days fold into August. …


Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 25, 2013 at 11:53am — No Comments

On the Road Again

Traveling with a child with sensory needs can be challenging to say the least. The normal routine is certainly out the window. However, there are some tips that may help along the way –some that you can prepare for with some advanced planning and some that you may need to either create a grab bag on the spot or…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on July 12, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Camp Survival Skills

Tis the season for summer camps! For most children it is an exciting and fun filled time as they transition from home to a new environment filled with different adventures.  But for a child with special needs, it may take a little extra preparation and follow through to ensure success. One of my neighbors has a…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 10, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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

5 Stress Busters to Transition to Summer

As school winds down for most students in these next 2 weeks, it is a big transition hurdle for many children on the autism spectrum and/or those with sensory processing disorders.  If this is a tough time in your classroom or in your home, keep in mind these 5 stress busters for making a smooth transition into summer:…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 30, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Creating a Culture of Success!

As most U.S. states have adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) administrators, teachers and even parents and caregivers are looking at new ways to help children learn….including children who learn differently.   One emerging concept is that of Universal Design for Learning or UDL which is based on the premise of solutions and strategies that can help all children learn, not just those with special…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 24, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Communication is More Than Words!

Welcome to the month of May, also known as BSHM (Better Speech and Hearing Month). With so many more children being diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum these days, along with those with sensory processing disorders and/or behavioral…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 16, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Move Your Way to Better Speech and Language!

We have all seen babies coo and babble more when rocked, giggle and laugh when tossed and caught gently in the safety of mom or dad’s arms or show increased vocalizations when using a linear swing.  During these activities the vestibular system is engaged. This is the sensory system that gives us information on balance, movement, gravity and changing head positions.  The vestibular system and auditory system may work together to help process movement and sound as receptors for these systems…


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

Celebrating May

For some of us around the country, this spring month is arriving more like January!...cold, rain, sleet and snow seem to be the order of the day according to the weather maps.  Regardless, we will still be celebrating May as it is Better Speech and Hearing Month!  Watch for our posts, newsletters and Facebook pages for more details. 

Many children with…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 2, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Over 40 “Must-Have” Popular Tools for Autism

Experience DOES matter! With the accessibility and use of social media, therapists, parents, and caregivers are better able to find out what tools have worked best for other children with autism. In turn, this research can open up ideas which can help their own children with autism.  There are…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on April 30, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

An Amazing Miss America Contestant

Somehow I missed this wonderful story from earlier this year!   I was at a hair salon the other evening and while waiting for my appointment I was perusing the usual stack of magazines when I came across this article from Glamour entitled: Meet the Most Popular Girl in America (P.S. She has Autism)  That’s right Miss Montana 2012 Alexis Wineman was diagnosed with autism at age 11. She overcame…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on April 24, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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