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When I Get Angry. A Social Story

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about getting angry, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together for the story or role play what to do when you are angry.  These stories work well with most children and we recommend readingRead more

Best Feelings Games For Children

If you’re reading this, you probably care quite a bit about your child’s ability to process feelings, demonstrate self-regulation and be a kind, empathetic person.  This is so important, right?  Probably more so than academic skills like reading and math ( in my humble opinion).  Social emotional skills will be the backbone of your child’sRead more

Sensory Dysfunction Is No Fun!

It is nap time in my classroom and I am rocking a sweet three year old as he snores.  Getting him to sleep today was hard.  Even when he is exhausted, his body does not let him rest.  Typically, it takes him 20-30 minutes just to wind down enough to be still in my lap.Read more

Stay In Your Carseat! A Social Story

  Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about being staying in a carseat, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together for the story or role play good car seat behavior.  These stories work well with most children and we recommendRead more

For Tricky Transitions, Try A Timer App

Do you have trouble getting out the door in the morning?  Are bedtimes hard?  Does your child have a hard time transitioning from activity to activity?  A timer can help!  Of course, you can always use an old fashioned kitchen timer, but timer apps for your phone might be the easier choice.  You usually haveRead more

Fun Social Emotional Videos (Volume Two)

So many great videos on feelings!  This is the Sesame Street edition…  Read more

How Does Her Face Look? Teaching Your Child to Read Facial Expressions.

A social skill that we adults often take for granted is the ability to decipher how someone is feeling by reading his or her facial expressions.  We probably do this multiple times a day without giving it a second thought.   Interestingly, it is not a skill that most are born with.  It takes lotsRead more

Fledgling Approved Toy! Veggie Stacking Game by Hape

This is a really cool stacking game and it can be used in a variety of ways.  First, it is designed to be stacking game, ala Jenga, where you remove pieces form a tall tower one at the time until the tower falls.  For younger children, it can simply be a stacking game.  Both ofRead more

The Ultimate Break-Time Timer

  Using four things, you can easily make a timer for your child’s break-time (calm down time, thinking time, time-out, whatever you like to call it).  Here are the steps: 1. Get a clear bottle.  I used the small Voss water bottles because they are plastic and I like the way they look.  Some folksRead more

Time to Be.

Do your children have time to “just be”?  In our world of hustle and bustle, this can be the best gift that you can give them.  Time to imagine, pretend, and play is good for all aspects of a child’s development and mental health.Read more