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7 Sensory Snacks for the Super Bowl

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7 Sensory Snacks for the Super Bowl

One of my favorite parts about Super Bowl Sunday is enjoying all the snacks. Why not teach some valuable life skills by making entertaining Super Bowl snacks?  Garner some good ole sensory input and fine motor fun with these great recipes!  Each activity involves planning, internet searching, shopping, measuring, and cooking.  Don’t forget the value in learning the clean up by washing, drying and putting away the dishes.

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How To Use Volunteering As A Social Tool For Children With ASD

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How To Use Volunteering As A Social Tool For Children With ASD

Helping your child connect to interesting volunteer opportunities builds a bridge for them to enter the social arena. Non-profit organizations thrive on volunteers and are often excited to have people show up to help. This provides a positive environment for them to learn, grow and hopefully succeed.

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5 Fun Sensory Learning Activities With Pumpkins

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5 Fun Sensory Learning Activities With Pumpkins

Kids with sensory challenges experience the world in a unique way.    Whether kids feel uncomfortable with touching sticky stuff, are grossed out by experiencing new textures or are simply frightened by the thought of an unfamiliar activity, fall is a great season to include pumpkins in some sensory fun  and learning .

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The Benefits of Yoga For Children with ASD

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The Benefits of Yoga For Children with ASD

As a speech/language pathologist, I became aware of the many opportunities to enhance a child’s speech/language skills through the practice of yoga.  Children can actively learn directional terms such as “in front/in back, next to, top/back, middle, right and left”. Social language skills are enhanced by introductions/comments during icebreaker activities and partner poses. Mindful listening games promote auditory awareness, discrimination and joint attention. Children improve body awareness and imitation skills while moving into different postures. They also increase awareness of the different parts of their body.

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Back-to-School: Top 5 Check List To Help You Connect With Your Kids

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Back-to-School: Top 5 Check List To Help You Connect With Your Kids

Let’s compare “getting to know you” steps of working with neuro-typical students versus students with special challenges. What are the “isms” which make this dynamic different?  

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