Sensory Integration: Swinging Not Just for Recess

Sensory Integration: Swinging Not Just for Recess This post contains information about sensory integration and how swinging can help learning challenges in the classroom. Affiliate links are provided for your convenience. As you become familiar with sensory integration, you understand that all children need to develop each part of their senses from birth to…

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Types of Learning Disorders: How to know the difference in learning delays

Types of Learning Disorders: How to know the difference in learning delays This post contains information regarding types of learning disorders and comparisons of learning challenges. Many parents and caregivers get confused with the different terminology that is used to describe various learning problems, issues and behaviors. There is a constant bombardment in the media…

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Vestibular System: Bring Back Playground Equipment with a Little Danger

Vestibular System: Bring Back Playground Equipment with a Little Danger This post contains affiliate links for your convenience to help children with their vestibular systems with playground equipment at home. When I was in elementary school, we had an awesome playground. We called it the big toy. It was this massive wooden fortress. One side…

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Proprioception: Tools for Motor Planning, Proprioception and Hand-eye Coordination

Proprioception: Tools for Motor Planning, Proprioception and Hand-eye Coordination This post contains information about proprioception, motor planning and hand-eye coordination. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. If you have ever watched your child throw a ball or kick a ball to their teammate, as they grow older and develop their muscles and joints, you…

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Crossing the Midline: Learning Delays when Your Child can’t Cross the Midline

Crossing the Midline: Learning Delays when Your Child can’t Cross the Midline This post contains important details of learning risks when your child or student has trouble crossing the midline. Primitive reflexes. They have their time and their place. Take the Asymmetrical Tonic Reflex (ATNR), for example. This reflex coordinates the extension of an arm and…

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Video Membership: Join Video Membership for Learning Exercises

Video Membership: Join Video Membership for Learning Exercises We are excited to announce our new video membership for parents, teachers and therapists to help children and students with learning challenges. Video membership is updated monthly with new videos (for example, exercises for primitive reflexes, crossing the midline, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, attention and…

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Primitive Reflexes: The Answer Behind W-Sitting and How to Fix it

Primitive Reflexes: The Answer Behind W-Sitting and How to Fix it This article contains information regarding retained primitive reflexes and how they can be associated with W-sitting. It includes affiliate links for your convenience. Children find such joy in playing imaginative games with toys and costumes. I wish multiple times a day, both silently…

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Important Core Strength Handbook for Greater Learning Development

Important Core Strength Handbook for Greater Learning Development This article discusses how your child’s learning relates to core strength and contains affiliate links for your convenience. Over the years, diet and exercise have become a huge part of our every day lives. The more we hear about diabetes, obesity and other health-related challenges, our natural…

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Important Things to Teach Your Kids in Homeschool

Important Things to Teach Your Kids in Homeschool Guest post by Aleksandre McMenamin Homeschool guest post to assist parents with alternatives in education. Homeschooling your children can be an absolutely beautiful experience, both for you and for them. However, aside from the terrific times that you will have together, you also want to make…

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Types of Attention: Why Attention and Focus Issues are Confused for ADHD

Types of Attention: Why Attention Issues are Confused for ADHD This article explores types of attention and why attention issues are often confused for ADHD. Does it seem like your child is constantly daydreaming? Do they forget things frequently? Do you often wonder if your child will ever start paying attention? These are common questions that…

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Primitive Reflexes: A Child in Constant Fight or Flight Mode

Primitive Reflexes: A Child in Constant Fight or Flight Mode This post for primitive reflexes contains affiliate links for your convenience. You have an important presentation at work in a few minutes and you have to stand before the entire board and give the analysis for the past quarter. Your heart starts beating loud,…

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Brushing Technique for Sensory Tactile Defensiveness

Brushing Technique for Sensory Tactile Defensiveness This article for the brushing technique contains affiliate links for your convenience. For children who struggle with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), Autism, ADHD or if they are sensitive to touch, tactile objects, they chew on their pencils and toys or are constantly fidgeting, they may need some additional…

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Top 5 Parenting Articles of 2015

Top 5 Parenting Articles of 2015 2015 was one of the most rewarding years for our center and our efforts to create more awareness about how to help children with learning challenges. We have been fortunate to provide parents and therapists with new videos, articles, activities and most importantly, exercises to help your children succeed and…

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Cutting PE from schools hurts kids in more ways than one

Cutting PE from schools hurts kids in more ways than one Guest Blog Post AFL Team A recent article by the New York Times editorial board highlights a disturbing, yet growing, trend across schools in North America. As parents and educators turn up the academic pressure on kids, cuts are being made to make…

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Brain boosting exercises to do with your kids

Brain boosting exercises to do with your kids We’re having a great time with Fox 13’s The Place talking about fun back to front brain-building exercises encouraging sensory-motor activities that help with receptive and expressive language so children can follow class instructions. Exercises also help sensory overload, meltdowns, attention, behavior, focus and fidgeting. Kids with sensory issues struggle…

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Hyptonia: Exercises to Help Your Baby with Low Muscle Tone

Hyptonia: Exercises to Help Your Baby with Low Muscle Tone A pediatric physical therapist from Dinosaur Physical Therapy helps us understand the importance of strengthening your baby’s muscle tone. A baby with Hyptonia (poor muscle tone) can struggle with other developmental milestones as they get older. Developing these muscles as babies and toddlers will…

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Physical literacy checklist: 6-9 years

Physical literacy checklist: 6-9 years Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic sport skills that your child should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. 1. Striking sports Striking is the act of hitting an object – such as a ball – with either your hand or…

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Dr. A. Jean Ayers – Sensory Integration and the Child

Sensory Integration and the Child This article contains affiliate links for your convenience. Sensory Integration and the Child, written by Dr. A. Jean Ayers, is one of the best resources written for parents, teachers and therapists explaining sensory integration and how to recognize the signs and symptoms in children. It provides helpful tips, checklists, question-and-answer…

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Why New Year’s Increases Child Anxiety in Anxious Kids

Why New Year’s Increases Child Anxiety in Anxious Kids Holidays are generally difficult for adults and children that have any type of anxiety disorder. New Year’s is no exception. Depending on the type of anxiety that a child suffers from, anything from social parties, to food, to going back to school can trigger serious…

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North Shore Pediatric Provides Resource for Sensory Processing Disorders

North Shore Pediatric Provides Resource for Sensory Processing Disorders The North Shore Pediatric Therapy center has provided us with a great resource and infographic to help parents, teachers, families and Occupational Therapists understand Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms in children and how it impacts learning in the…

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Elf on the Shelf: Sensory Taste, Smell and Sight Activities

Elf on the Shelf: Sensory Taste, Smell and Sight Activities Last week we had so much fun playing and learning with our little elf doing many tactile activities. My kids keep pulling out the pasta and shaving cream to try the activities all over again. Both seem to be the popular entertainments of the…

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Family First: Easing the symptoms of Sensory Processing Delay

Easing the symptoms of Sensory Processing Delay WSFA Channel 12 publishes article by Charisse Gibson regarding signs and symptoms of a Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) in children. Information parents can share with family and friends about how your child’s diagnosis is real and what intervention can help. To read the full article, click here. Written by Charisse Gibson…

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Physical literacy checklist: 4-6 years

Physical literacy checklist: 4-6 years Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic fundamental movement skills that your preschool child should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. 1. Running By age four, your child should be running with confidence. You want to make sure she continues to…

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Elf On The Shelf Sensory Series: Touch and Tactile Activities

Elf On The Shelf Sensory Series: Touch and Tactile Activities This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. What has your elf been up to this year? Our little helper has been having tons of fun with our kids and students working their gross motor and fine motor skills. It is such a magical…

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6 At-Home Remedies for Kids During Winter

6 At-Home Remedies for Kids During Winter Guest Post By Darci Maxwell The flu likes the winter – and studies prove it.  The name “influenza” is an Italian word that originated in the 18th century as part of the phrase “influenza di freddo,” meaning “influence of the cold.”  The cold, dry winter air helps winter…

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Sensory Clothes: Clothing Items for Fidgeting and Behavior

Sensory Clothes: Clothing Items for Fidgeting and Behavior This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Clothes are sometimes the hardest gifts for children to receive during the holiday season, but many parents still want their kids to have fun pajamas or outfits for when they go back to school. If you have a…

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Unique ideas for your Elf on the Shelf

Unique ideas for your Elf on the Shelf Holidays are always wonderful with Fox 13’s The Place when talking about fun activities kids can participate in while learning. Every parent knows Elf on the Shelf provides great motivation to help kids stay “nice” during the holidays and it prevents “bad behavior” because the elf…

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Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids

Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids US San Francisco publishes article by Juliana Bunim regarding breakthrough study showing Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) are more prevalent in children than autism. Information parents can share with family and friends about how your child’s diagnosis is real and what intervention can help. …

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Recess: It’s important. Does your child get enough of it?

Recess: It’s important. Does your child get enough of it? Great article originally posted in the Washington Post by Emily Sohn discussing the importance of recess and how children aren’t getting the movement they need to excel in the classroom. Full details below. Article written by Emily Sohn My son is in second grade…

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5 Myths About Sensory Processing Disorders

5 Myths About Sensory Processing Disorders The word is out about Sensory Processing Disorders. Or at least it’s starting to be. The news, Internet, and social media are buzzing with information and articles about Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and it has people talking. It’s wonderful especially when as many as 1 in 20 children…

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Physical literacy checklist: 2-4 years

Guest Blog Post Jim Grove These are some basic fundamental movement skills that your toddler should be learning, and mastering. These contribute to your child becoming physically literate. Running By age two, most toddlers will have started running (some will have started as early as 20 months). They are still a bit unsteady on…

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Our Favorite Christmas Books to Help your Child Read

Our Favorite Christmas Books to Help your Child Read This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Welcome to the Winter + Holiday Children Story Books Series hosted by The Jenny Evolution! More than 30 amazing bloggers have gotten together to create winter and holiday-themed books lists that your child is sure to love. During the holiday season,…

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30 Brain-Building Sensory Toys to Buy Your Kids for Christmas

30 Brain-Building Sensory Toys to Buy Your Kids for Christmas This post contains affiliate links. Every year parents always ask me what toys they can get their children to help them learn better in the classroom. There are so many toys available, it’s hard to just pick a few. However, there are several available…

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Too many 4-year-old kids who can’t crawl: study

Guest Blog Post AFL Team Too many 4-year-old kids who can’t crawl: study A British study finds that nearly a third of four- and five-year-olds cannot do basic physical movements like crawling or standing on one leg. And the deficiency seems to be linked to poor academic achievement. The UK newspaper Daily Mail summarizes…

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Easy way to make your own Sensory Crash Pad

Easy way to make your own Sensory Crash Pad This post contains affiliate links. Crash, bang, kerplunk! Those all too familiar sounds when your child is running around the playground chasing after their sister or brother or it’s what happens when they fall from the monkey bars. Fortunately, when your little ones are playing…

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Clever Tips to Childproof Your Home

Clever Tips to Childproof Your Home Who knew that having a two year old was more like having a three-foot tall tornado spinning around your home leaving creative chaos in its wake?  The mess is not the only problem, as for some reason, children love to play with things that offer life-threatening danger: stoves,…

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Best Parent Pointers to Support 5th-Grade Common Core Math Homework

Best Parent Pointers to Support 5th-Grade Common Core Math Homework I hear the woes from parents and kids frequently about their struggles with Common Core Math. This change is not easy, the math standards are very different from when we were in elementary. Each grade brings its own challenges as the student is expected…

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Thanksgiving Day Game Plan to Combat Sensory Overload

Thanksgiving Day Game Plan to Combat Sensory Overload Thanksgiving is full of wonderful things. The smell of food fills the air. We get to eat that wonderful smelling food. We get to catch up with family members. Kids get to run around and play with cousins. Pie (because honestly, it deserves its own category).…

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How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it

How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it Another wonderful article in the Washington post written by Angela Hanscom from TimberNook about the importance of play-based activities to help children build their fine motor skills, reflexes, balance and coordination, and sensory systems. All of these activities support what we do…

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Can I Make My Child Smarter? 6 Common Parenting Myths

Can I Make My Child Smarter? 6 Common Parenting Myths Guest Post We as parents want the best for our children. We want to raise a generation of healthy, intelligent, society-contributing individuals that can make a difference in the world. In order to do so, we read parenting books, download the brain development apps,…

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We have some fun ideas for your sensory sensitive kids

Fun Ideas for your Sensory Sensitive Kids We’re having a great time with Fox 13’s The Place talking about fun midline brain-building exercises to encourage sensory learning for kids with sensory overload, meltdowns, unexplained aggression and anxiety. Kids with sensory issues struggle with all types of textures, smells, and noises, especially when it comes to the classroom,…

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Is Low Muscle Tone Interfering With Your Child’s Learning?

Is Low Muscle Tone Interfering With Your Child’s Learning? Muscle tone. It’s a word most of us would associate with body builders and fitness buffs. But do you think of a child with speech problems? The kid slumped over on their desk at school? Or the clumsy child dropping their pencils and fumbling around…

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What My 3rd Grader Needs to Know about Common Core Math

What My 3rd Grader Needs to Know about Common Core Math Third grade is a huge transition year for the child gaining a solid knowledge base in many subjects. Math is no exception to this. Many times a child can get by or “fly under the radar” with math concepts in first and second…

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Development Delays if Children Retain Primitive Reflexes after Birth

Will My Child’s Development be Delayed if they Retain Primitive Reflexes after Birth? If you’ve ever spent time around babies, you’re probably just as fascinated by these little human beings as I am. Their abilities are limited, but they’re equipped with all they need to help ensure their survival. A simple touch to the…

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How to Combat 2nd Grade Common Core Math Woes

How to Combat 2nd Grade Common Core Math Woes This post contains affiliate links. Many children struggle with the new Common Core Math standards. Multiple reasons exist but one of main issues we see is your child trying to tackle the idea of being able to explain how you arrived at the answer –…

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In this classroom, the kids can’t sit still

In this classroom, the kids can’t sit still Wonderful article in the Washington Post about how one school is using play-based learning activities to “have students involved with some type of physical activity while helping their brains.” We often talk about how important these types of movement activities connect the neural pathways in the…

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Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders Article Misguided

Why I believe “Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders” Article is Misguided I recently read an interesting opinion article by Lee Lee in the Huffington Post entitled, “Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders,” and was instantly curious about it’s claims regarding society blaming parents for their…

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How Time and Money is Teaching 1st Graders Common Core Math

How Time and Money is Teaching 1st Graders Common Core Math Like it or not, it’s here to stay. Your child will be incorporating it in their daily educational adventure. Maybe your first grader enjoys math or maybe it’s already a frustration, either way, Common Core Math is present in every school day and…

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5 Smart Questions to Ask During Parent Teacher Conference

5 Smart Questions to Ask During Parent Teacher Conference Parent Teacher Conference. When that moment arrives, I’m always a ball of nerves. As a parent, I love to hear about my children’s successes. I already know they’re wonderful, but I also know that they’re perfectly imperfect human beings. So as much as I know…

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Top 10 Books for Halloween to help Early Readers

Top 10 Books for Halloween to help Early Readers The post contains affiliate links. Halloween is one of the best holidays to get your kids excited about reading, especially those early readers who are just learning their letters, sight words and sounds. There are so many fun books for Halloween available that will get…

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Physical literacy like you’ve never seen it before

Physical literacy like you’ve never seen it before Guest Blog Post Blaine Kyllo We’ll admit that the term “physical literacy” is a bit of a mouthful. When we use the phrase with parents who’ve never heard it before, they tend to furrow their brows and cock their heads as they work out what it…

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Halloween Sensory Activities on Fox 13’s The Place

Halloween Sensory Activities on Fox 13’s The Place We’re having a great time with Fox 13’s The Place talking about fun Halloween sensory activities to encourage sensory learning for kids with sensory overload, meltdowns at holiday parties, unexplained aggression and anxiety. Kids with sensory issues struggle with all types of textures, especially when it comes to…

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Child Development Needs Sensory Stimulation through Science

Child Development Needs Sensory Stimulation through Science I’m sure we’ve all seen our children through the phase of dropping utensils or toys from their high chair, hollering for it back only to promptly drop it again. Or better yet is the endless why phase. I think why is probably every child’s favorite word at…

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Why All Parents and Teachers Should Read Sensory Processing 101

Why All Parents and Teachers Should Read Sensory Processing 101 This post contains affiliate links. When I first meet with parents to talk about the concerns they have with their child, usually they come to me with an academic issue saying their child is doing poorly in school, they forget homework, they skip words…

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“Ghoulish” Halloween Sensory Activities to Calm Sensory Sensitivity

“Ghoulish” Halloween Sensory Activities to Calm Sensory Sensitivity Halloween is one of our favorite times of year and what better time to get our kids involved in sensory activities that are not only fun and “ghoulish,” but also target a child’s senses to help them cope with their surroundings and sensory overload. Before we…

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Smart Math Center Activities for Teaching Kindergarteners Common Core Math

Smart Math Center Activities for Teaching Kindergarteners Common Core Math If you have a kindergartner like mine, when you ask what was something fun they did in school, their answer is usually something like “recess.” However, on occasion I would get another response, which was “centers.” After the first month I was intrigued with what…

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The Age When Your Child’s Brain Stops Learning

The Amazing, Changing Brain Have you ever thought about everything your brain accomplishes? From birth until death, your brain changes to meet your needs and interpret your experiences. Your brain changes with every experience: every sight, every sound, every touch, every thought, every emotion. It then interprets future experiences based on past experiences. Did…

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Vision Development, Not Glasses May be the Answer to Reading

Importance of Child Vision Development I’m sure we’ve all heard the random facts about our infants’ visual capabilities. We hear things like they can’t see color, they don’t see very far, they only recognize outlines of faces. We can also take these facts a step further to several that you may not have heard…

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How to Recognize a Sensory Processing Disorder in Your Child

What a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Looks Like Many parents and educators have a hard time recognizing the signs and symptoms of a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in their child or students. Oftentimes it is seen as a behavioral issue, tantrum or discipline problem, when children with sensory issues tend to react to something…

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Common Core Math in the Bath Activities for Preschoolers

Common Core Math in the Bath Activities for Preschoolers By Katie DeGroot This post contains affiliate links. I was contemplating on a topic for an article series that readers would both enjoy and be able to utilize the information easily. Math has been on my mind due to my children being back in school…

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4 ways to support your child to be physically active in kindergarten

4 ways to support your child to be physically active in kindergarten Is your little one heading to kindergarten in the fall? There is so much to be excited about, including school supplies, first day of school outfits, and making new friends. In anticipation of this milestone, you’ve probably been helping them to recognize…

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Easy Where’s Waldo Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Sensory Activities

Where’s Waldo Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Sensory Activities This post contains affiliate links. Fall is my favorite time of year and also one of the best seasons for getting children involved in more sensory play activities that help them learn and grow. Many of the students at our center constantly need that sensory stimulation…

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You won’t believe what this teacher assigned for homework

You won’t believe what this teacher assigned for homework Guest Blog Post Shelley Boettcher Shawn Carr’s daughter, Madison, is a smart kid, who spends plenty of time skiing and camping with her family. But a few years ago, during a parent-teacher interview in elementary school, Carr brought up Madison’s self-esteem. Was she happy at…

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Amazing Nutritious Greek Dip: After School Snacks for Brighter Minds

Nutritious Greek Dip: After School Snacks for Brighter Minds Tasty, nutritious, and oh so easy to make greek dip! The perfect after school, before homework snack for the health conscious mama! School is back in session, and one of the challenges we are facing is after school snacking! I don’t know about you guys,…

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15 Kids Apps for Learning Disabilities

15 Kids Apps for Learning Disabilities We’re guest posting about wonderful apps for learning for kids who struggle with learning challenges on Sunshine and Hurricanes. Since I began working with children more than 20 years ago, the number of children with learning challenges and learning disabilities has not only increased, but the issues they face…

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Food ideas for kids with sensory learning issues

Food ideas for kids with sensory learning issues We’re having a great time with Fox 13’s The Place talking about great nutritional options to help sensory learning for kids with new foods, food textures and great meal-time experiences for the whole family. Kids with sensory issues struggle with all types of textures, especially when it…

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