Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist

sensitive sam visits the dentist

Do you have a child with a sensory processing disorder? Does he or she like to visit the dentist? I think bringing any child to the dentist can be a difficult experience but having a child with special needs can add an extra complexity to the experience. Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist by Marla Roth-Fisch is an excellent book about a boy named Sam … [Read more...]

Dairy Free Zucchini Cupcake

dairy free cupcake

Is your child on a dairy free diet? Do you want to add more veggies in your child's diet? Are you looking for a healthy alternative to a chocolate cupcake? These cupcakes are chocolaty, sweet and full of zucchini. I found the original recipe on the blog, I Am Baker. I cut the sugar and the fat down by adding applesauce. I simply replaced the … [Read more...]

How to Help Your Child Retell A Story

retelling stories

Does your child retell stories after you are finished reading the book? Why is this skill so important? It helps build language skills! What does the research say? I read an interesting article titled, Children's Story Retelling as a Literacy and Language Enhancement Strategy. The study performed a meta analysis of 11 studies including 687 … [Read more...]

Cupcake

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Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper is a funny and engaging story with a valuable lesson. Cupcake is born one day as a creamy white, perfectly plain and delicious cupcake. He is thrilled to meet his new brothers and sisters and to be part of such a fun and colorful family. Cupcake feels lonely when he realizes that he will never get picked because he … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Get An Older Child with Special Needs to Eat Healthy

Lunch in school

Getting any child to eat healthy on a regular basis can be difficult for most parents. This task can be even more challenging when it comes to older children with special needs due to increased rigidity, sensory issues, behavioral issues, etc. I have worked with adults with developmental disabilities for many years and have seen too many cases of … [Read more...]

Penguin and Pumpkin

penguin and pumpkin

Are you looking for a fun pumpkin book for the upcoming holidays? Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon is a sweet and engaging story about Penguin and his baby brother Pumpkin. Penguin decides to take a trip to a farm to visit Fall, but his baby brother can't come along because it is "too far for a fledgling". Pumpkin is very disappointed! When … [Read more...]

The Emotional Needs of a Child with a Sensory Processing Disorder

Emotional Needs

Does your child have a sensory processing disorder? Does your child have constant temper tantrums? According to Theresa Ellam, PhD, "Children with SPD can become overwhelmed more often, more intensely and more easily than typically developing children." I recently read an interesting article titled "The Emotional Needs of Children with Sensory … [Read more...]

Make Social Learning Stick

make social thinking stick

Are you looking for a fun and and functional guide to help improve your child's social and language skills? Make Social Learning Stick is an excellent guide to help build social competence through a child's daily routines and activities. I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Sautter's work because whatever she creates is extremely functional, fun and easy … [Read more...]

What Do You Do With An Idea?

idea

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada is one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time. This book has such a powerful message that both children and adults can appreciate. The book begins like this. "One day I had an idea. Where did it come from? Why is it here? I wondered, What Do I Do With An Idea?". The "idea" is represented as … [Read more...]

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

pumpkin muffins

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast or a new lunchbox item? Try making these healthy pumpkin muffins. The muffins are made with half whole wheat flour, pumpkin, low fat buttermilk and canola oil. The muffins are sweet, filling and moist. Are you on a dairy free diet? Replace the buttermilk with almond milk. Unsweetened almond milk would work … [Read more...]