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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...
Play Date

Play Dates With a Purpose

Aside from the usual tantrums and sharing snafus, toddler play dates are generally fun for little friends-in-training. But for children with developmental delays, speech issues, or weak conversation skills, they can be a real struggle. Hence the new facilitated play date program...

What is a SEIT?

Jamie Levine, MS. Ed, a Special Education Itinerant Teacher, describes how SEITs work with special needs kids to help them integrate into mainstream classrooms and reach their individual goals.

Interesting NYT Article on Effective Approaches for Building and Strengthening Self-Regulation and Impulse Control

Teaching-self-control-the-american-way On February 17, 2012, Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang wrote Build Self Control the American Way in the NY Times.  The article began as follows: EACH year, it seems, a new book emerges to capitalize on the parental insecurities of Americans. Last...
Special Parent Tips for Play Dates

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...

Why Self-Esteem is Important

Below is an excellent article from the National Center for Learning Disabilities on self-esteem and learning disabilities. http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/what-is-self-esteem The article emphasizes how healthy self-esteem is integral to...

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...

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...

Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

On June 27, 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that video games are protected by First Amendment rights, overturning a California law that prevented the sale of violent video games to minors. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the decision, this probably got you thinking...
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