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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

Putting On Winter Clothes. A Social Story

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about  putting on winter clothes, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together for the story or role play putting on weather appropriate clothing.  These stories work well with most children and we recommend readingRead 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

Can My Child Skip Preschool?

In a recent post on Babble, mom Lauren Hartmann writes about why she and her husband decided not to send their 4 year old daughter to preschool.  Hartmann, a stay at home parent, pondered the pros and cons of preschool and ultimately decided that her daughter would be fine without the experience.  One of Hartmann’sRead more

Your Smart Preschooler. Part 1

Living in the same town as an elite university lends itself to a high population of smart kids.  If I had a dollar for every time a parent toured our preschool and let us know that their child was advanced, I would be a wealthy person.  We even had parents request to move their childRead more

Products to Help Picky Eaters

Remember when your toddler was a baby and you fed him spinach, avocado and tofu?  He loved them, right?  And you congratulated yourself for having such a “good eater”.  Fast forward a year or two and things have probably changed.  Your once good eater now has many opinions.  Things can’t touch on his plate.  PlainRead more

When Things Don’t Feel Right. Your Toddler and Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a disorder of the sensory systems.  Basically, things don’t feel right.  SPD can effect any or all of the sensory systems.  These include the systems that govern vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, balance and motor function.  SPD can be a symptom of a larger disorder, such as autism, or itRead more

Fine Motor Activities From Dollar Tree

Have you been told that your child has weak fine motor skills?  There are many things you can do to practice them at home.  In fact, look no further than your neighborhood Dollar Tree.  Beloved by teachers everywhere, Dollar Tree is a treasure trove of art supplies, figurines, sorting materials and seasonal decorations.  On aRead more

Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead 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