We all need Routines to get through our days! Children and parents can function at a higher level when the family follows a routine with three simple key features: Well-Planned, Regular, and Predictable. Routines can help the family feel organized even during stressful or emotional events.
Teaching a student with special needs can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Some parents may find that Homeschooling their student with special needs is their best option. Whether your the student is learning ina class room or at home, if they are preforming poorly due to a learning disability, higher abilities, or physical impairment (such as issues with hearing and sigh) it is important that each student is given the accommodation and consideration they need to succeed!
Every accomplishment with a child should be celebrated, no matter how small. Jill Burk shares that “being positive rather than negative is the greatest weapon a parent has to shape, support, and mold young people into independent individuals who are healthy and successful.” When you find that your child is struggling a little praise can go a long way!
When a child experiences a traumatic event, they may have trouble coping and understanding the traumatic event and their emotions. This can lead to nightmares, insecurities, and a sense of danger. A child may not understand or believe that the event is over and they are safe. It’s so important to get a child who has experienced trauma immediate help.
Children often imitate their surroundings to acclimate. UT Austin News has found that young children use these techniques to try and fit in with their peers when they are feeling left-out. By separating small children from a group activity and then letting them join in, researchers found that those children who were “left-out” mimicked their peers in a greater effort to feel more involved and accepted within the group.
Being sick is never fun, but for the small patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, every day can be a struggle. That’s where Uno the therapy dog comes in! Uno helps children feel comforted and loved on difficult days. With his handler Chaplain Samantha Clark, Uno makes his rounds day after day, visiting his friends who may need a kiss, a cuddle, or just the inspiration to get up and get out of their hospital rooms for a short walk.
Santa! That jolly fellow who shimmies down the chimney and leaves us something fun to unwrap on Christmas morning. He’s a fun traditional story to share with the kids to get them excited for the holidays (and get them to behave!) But not everyone is convinces that the story of Santa is harmless. Scott Smith has put together a pretty convincing argument to put those Santa critics to rest.
If you’re in the Las Vegas area and are feeling blue, the University of Phoenix’s Counseling Skills Center may be just the place for you. The university is now offering free mental health screenings for all ages, as well as free counseling and play therapy provided by students (overseen by their supervisors of course).
Dina, the mother of an autistic child, has opened a children’s play gym in Cypress, Texas, known fondly by it’s many partons as “Rock the Spectrum”. Rock the Spectrum is designed to give autistic children the physical release they need daily.
Deciding whether or not your child should begin counseling or play therapy can be daunting. Knowing what signs to look for and how to discuss the topic with your child can help make the process less painless for you and your little one.
Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to everyone!