Upcoming Workshop May 15th : Practical Strategies to Boost Executive Functioning and Reduce Stress in Everyday Routines and Activities

The Three Es of Learning

With everything going on today in the world, the transition back to school this year is bringing on more stress than usual. Whether you’re going to have school in person or online, nothing feels quite “right” and many children, parents, and educators are overwhelmed. With little control over the situation, how do we make sure […]

Navigating Back-to-School Transitions: A Guide to Enhancing Your Child’s Social-Emotional Well-being

Strategic Planning and Effective Communication A successful transition hinges on open communication and thoughtful planning: Inclusive Decision-Making: Involve your child in discussions about the upcoming school transition. Visualize Daily Routines: Develop a visual schedule that caters to your child’s age and fosters an understanding of daily routines. Storytelling with Images: Craft a narrative using images […]

Four Tips to Get Your Kids to Do Their Chores

As a speech pathologist and school psychologists, we often hear concerns from parents about their children’s social, emotional, and/or executive functioning skills. Inevitably, these conversations turn to the challenges their children have with starting and completing daily chores and following through with their responsibilities. This post is a guide to help parents to better understand […]

Using Improv to Build Social Communication and Connection

“Play is the answer to the question, ‘how does anything new ever come about’?” ~Jean Piaget Maja Watkins, author of The Brain’s Playground: Using Improv Games To Teach Social and Emotional Learning/Co-Founder of Zip Zap Zop Enrichment, says that using simple improv games can help parents to become more playful with their kids while building relationship […]

Teaching about Race and Social Justice is Part of Social-Emotional Learning

Communication. Social Justice.  Kindness. Perspective-taking.  Conflict resolution.    These skills are fundamental to social-emotional learning and are critical as we face painful realities about race and social justice in America.  As parents, therapists, educators, it is important for us to have conversations with all the children we support and care for. Whether or not kids are […]

My Personal Journey to Get My Son’s Needs Met

It’s not easy to retell and relive situations that were difficult so I don’t tell this story very often.  It’s about the day I broke down, trying to get my son what he needed for his learning style and mental health.. I was in the principal’s office, again. This had become an all-too-familiar way to […]

3 Sensory Processing Tips for Parents: Supporting Your Child at Home

Many kids have challenges with sensory processing, If your child seems to struggle with staying calm, well-regulated and balanced with their mood or behavior, sensory processing issues might be at play. What do we mean by “sensory processing?” Well, sensory processing is how we take in sensory information from the environment and outside world. We learn […]

Cultivating a Growth Mindset: Embracing the Inner Coach for Kids

My son is starting off his year as a 7th grader with a focus on mindset. His Core Teacher (English and History combined) is laying a valuable foundation for students by talking about the importance of building skills by letting yourself try things out and make mistakes. This teacher is using the book The Dot by Peter […]