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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

Fledgling Approved Toy! Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie

  I have to admit to loving pretty much anything Learning Resources makes.  The quality and durability of their learning toys and games is fantastic.  The Super Sorting Pie is no exception.  I presented it to a class of  awesome 3 year old boys and it was hit.  Here is the rundown: Pros of theRead more

Why Lying is Not So Bad and Other Truths.

A friend recently complained that her 4 year old was telling frequent lies.  Not about anything too important – mostly about brushing her teeth or if she had taken a toy from her sister.  Still, my friend was concerned.  Was her child a budding pathological lier?  What had she done wrong? Well, nothing.  Lying isRead more

A Social Story: Having a Babysitter

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about a having a babysitter, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children playing with a babysitter if you want to add a visual.  These stories work well with mostRead more

A Social Story: Getting Ready In The Morning

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about a morning time routine, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children going through a morning routine if you want to add a visual.  These stories work well withRead more

A Social Story: Going To Bed

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about a bedtime routine, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children going to bed if you want to add a visual (animals sleeping might be fun too because everyoneRead more

A Social Story: Brushing Your Teeth

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about brushing teeth, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children and adults brushing their teeth if you want to add a visual (animals brushing their teeth might be funRead more

A Social Story: Going to the Dentist

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about going to the dentist, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children at the dentist’s office if you want to add a visual.  These stories work well with mostRead more

Enabling self-help skills is worth the trouble.

“I do it MYSELF!” my two year old friend happily insisted as he struggled to put his coat on.  It was going to take forever.  Getting the coat on his body was the first step, then trying to thread the zipper (then the actual zipping).  Next came the snaps on the outside of the zipperRead more

Bedtime Struggles

My teenager loves to sleep. So much so that he will avoid sleepovers, lock-ins, even camp-outs if he thinks it will disturb his sleep. His bed is like a big cloud – special pillows, a featherbed, heavy blankets. Simply put, bedtime is his favorite time. But this wasn’t always the case…Read more