Idioms, What Did You Say and What Do You Really Mean?

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Idioms or phrases that cannot be understood through their literal meaning can be rather confusing for students with language difficulties. Teaching children and students common idioms can help them navigate verbal communication with adults and peers as well as improve their writing skills. My sons had SUCH a difficult time […]

5 Helpful Strategies for Dysgraphia

DYSGRAPHIA is a learning disability. It affects how children acquire written language and the use of writing to express thoughts and ideas. In my book, The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide I dedicated a chapter to dysgraphia because I felt that it was often overlooked yet is the cause of a lot of frustration. We […]

5 Ways to Use Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? According to the American Mindfulness Research Association, it’s: “The state, process, and practice of remembering to observe moment-to-moment experience with openness, and without automatic patterns of previously conditioned thoughts, emotions, or behaviors.  Mindfulness can be cultivated through mind-body practices (such as focused attention and open monitoring meditation as well as other intrapsychic […]

School Bus Safety Tips

School Bus Safety Tips for Children The start of school is approaching and children will begin their daily commute to and from school riding the bus.  It’s an exciting time since many children seem to love to ride the school bus. Since preparation is important, let’s take a moment to prepare your children for what […]

How to Teach Cutting (With FREE Guide)

As a gift to our friends who subscribe to our blog, a FREE how-to-use scissors guide is provided at the bottom of this post! Thanks for reading, commenting, and SHARING. Children need to be proficient in scissors use in order to participate in school and leisure activities. The strong emphasis on hands-on learning is a […]

9 Tips For New Therapy Grads

Welcome to the world of Pediatric therapy! Overview:  This post celebrates the excitement of starting out in your new career as a pediatric therapist (occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, or physical therapist).  It shares 9 tips for new grads and also provides some resources to save for the future! You would be hard-pressed to find a […]

7 Tips for Back to School

   Back to school comes with mixed emotions. We want our children to have a super year as they grow and learn. As a parent of children with special needs, back to school brings both excitement and anxiety  We purchase books, uniforms, shoes, and backpacks but wonder how our children will transition to a new […]

Top 15 Occupational Therapist Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year!   Visual changes are powerful reminders. Watching the ball drop last night made me reflect on the last year and dream about the possibilities of a brand new year. Resolutions and goals bring excitement and enthusiasm for what’s to come. What are your goals? I’m talking about personal and professional goals. All […]