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  Dear Parents, Educations, Therapists, School Administration and Developmental Pediatricians: Thank you for your feedback on our previous newsletter, “Behavior and Sensory Needs.” Your responses have led to meaningful change. The subject matter was written based...

How Do Behavior and Sensory Needs Coincide?

What to look for and how to help your child. Very often I receive phone calls from concerned parents and teachers regarding a child who is disruptive during circle time, has trouble with transitions, is too physical and a “behavior problem”. Often times there are...

Book Recommendation:The Practicing Mind Bringing Discipline and Focus Into Your Life

The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus Into Your Life By: Thomas M. Sterner Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the...

Summer…A Time for Parent Reflection

It’s easy to be a parent when we are happy, but when we’re angry as we inevitably are, that’s when the real challenge begins. There is an important difference between hurtful or harmful anger and,”healthy” expression of angry feelings.Team Esteem...

Behavior Modification Chart

Repeated Warnings, Yelling? Time to Change Your Approach, It’s Easy! Chart Tips: Use simple language Be clear in identifying the behavior(s) you want changed and your reward Reward should be something to look forward to and get child excited about Use visuals to reflect...

A Play Date Primer

While many children excel in the realm of social interactions, others struggle with learning to play with their peers. When children have problems making friends in school or social settings, play dates can be a valuable means of developing their social skills. For children, the...

Play Date Tips For Parents

Limit the length of the play date. Start with 30 to 45 minutes, and be prepared to cut the date short to make sure it is a positive experience for both children. Preview the play date with your child. Let him/her know the time, location, who they will be playing with, where they...

You Are Your Child’s Best Advocate

“Different is ok, but not so different that the students can’t conform to class rules” (Healy). As the school year progresses, demands will increase and the gap between those students who may be struggling versus those who are moving forward will continue to get...

The Honeymoon is Over

Transitioning into a new school year takes time. School professionals are getting to know each individual child. Teachers are assessing and gathering information to ensure a well-structured and accommodating environment in which students can succeed. Other educational...

Letter from Jamie, Not a Simple World

In a simpler world, life would be much more like Leave it to Beaver. June would bake cookies with Beaver during the day, developing his language and math skills, and then the whole family sat down together for dinner, helping their child’s social and emotional development....
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