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Calm Down with Friends

Fidget toys are supposed to help kids who… well, fidget a lot. True confession: I find them often more distracting to the child, other children and adults than helpful. One day our group kids entered the room in a loud, active whirlwind. Although they often enter this way, this particular day they were not able […]

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Inspired by Friendship Month

Did you know that February is Friendship Month?  We didn’t until last week when our friend Tiffani over at Special-ism let us know.  For some time now, Meghan, Jill and Karen have taken a hiatus from the online portion of all4mychild.  We moved our clinic a couple of years ago and took some time to focus […]

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Keep the Peace or Build Flexibility

Many aspects of life are paradoxical and this is one of the biggies for our socially challenged kids.  The children who participate in our Social Adventures Groups earnestly try to be flexible, to “go with the flow”, to try new ideas, or play a game with someone else’s rules, but it is SO very hard! […]

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What’s So Hard About Breathing?

What could be simpler than breathing? We don’t have to think about it… it just happens even when we sleep. But guess what? Breathing to create a relaxation response may take some work and practice, especially for children. BUT it is well work the trouble and this is why:   Children who struggle with social […]

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Chime Time

Self-regulation is a critical life competency that opens the door to learning, communication, and play. Without it, the brain and body are too disorganized to take in new and changing information. Yet, self-regulation is really hard to teach. We can talk about it. We can practice it. We can provide behavioral rewards. However, in order […]

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Top 10 Apps of 2014

To ring off the new year, I wanted to support a great website and vision of Mai Chan and her team at Yapp Guru (which includes the Aubrey Klingensmith of Speechie Apps and Tanya Coyle of the Lexical Linguist, both smart and passionate women). If you haven’t checked out Yapp Guru, I encourage you to. […]

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Let’s Pretend…

Talking toys, ready-made projects, iPads, and electronic games are all super fun and enticing. However, they don’t help our kids develop communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. These are the skills that will ensure life long learning and problem solving not only through school but throughout careers and family life as well. What will happen […]

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Keeping Kids Engaged

I am a speech-language pathologist and I co-lead social cognition groups with an occupational therapist.   Although we only work with up to 6 kids at a time, our groups can be as challenging to keep on track as any large classroom.  Why?  Because the kids in our groups are often the very kids that are […]

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Board Games Really Can Be Fun!

Today we are blogging over at Special-Ism.com.  Today’s post provides some board game rules that the kids in one of our Social Adventures Groups generated.  Once they took ownership of the rules, everything changed…  Read more HERE. Image by: Celeste Lindell    

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Social Skills Group – Ages 5 and 6

Today we are blogging over at Special-Ism.com . This is the third in a series of 4 posts.  The first post, Social Skills 101 discussed who might benefit from a social group along with an overview of the Critical Components of an Effective Social Group. The second post, Social Skills Groups for 3 and 4 Year-Olds, provided […]