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Living in a Visual World

…The importance of visuals in home, group and school settings. Parents and teachers can reinforce listening skills and improve behavior at home and in school by integrating more visual cues into daily life. Presenting a visual schedule  is a simple and practical way to...
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Building Confidence

Preschooler insecurities are heart-breaking. We all want—so badly—for our kids to feel good about themselves. “It’s critical to encourage self-confidence in the preschool years,” says Team Esteem founder Jamie Levine, M.S.Ed. “Children with high self-esteem act more independently...
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5 TIPS TO MAKING PLAY DATES EASIER FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

“The play that two children can do in an organic setting is something that cannot be constructed in a classroom,” says Jamie Levine, MS, founder of Team Esteem, a private special education company based in Manhattan. “That connection…allows children to forge a...
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Progress Not Perfection

Children’s disruptive behavior can often provoke anger in their parents. Learning new parenting responses takes effort. Long-lasting change comes slowly. Celebrate small successes when you use “healthy” expressions of angry feelings to improve your...

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...

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...