This morning I woke, checked my email and went on to Facebook. I do this every morning as part of my routine but this morning someone in the Apraxia-Kids group referenced a poem called "Welcome To Holland." How have I never heard or seen this beautifully stated poem before? I love this - thank you Emily Perl Kingsley for putting into words what I feel. You may have already seen this but I figured it was worth it to share on the off-chance that you hadn't seen it either. If you have, read it … [Read more...] about A Tribute To “Welcome To Holland”
I get a lot of questions about storing all of the materials that I have. One thing that is helpful for me is to keep things contained in clear packages so I can see what is inside. Easy to spot, easy to grab, easy to put away! Love it! I also like to use things that I already have or things that sort of "appear" to me and as I purchased some new briefs for my son, I noticed that this is exactly the kind of package that I have reused many times for storage. This kind of package is … [Read more...] about Repurposing Packaging
As you all know, this past weekend was Mother's Day and my husband was on call which left me with a good deal of free, non-scheduled time at home with Andrew Saturday and Sunday. I figured I would give myself a Mother's Day gift of doing something I had been putting off for a long time - decluttering drawers, cupboards and closets that I'm always too busy to go through. I know what some of you are probably thinking - why not gift yourself a manicure or pedicure? But to be totally honest, … [Read more...] about Look How Far We’ve Come!
I've had a lot of people inquire about where I get my materials and seasonal items. I visit stores like Target, Michael's and Walgreens because they have a lot of kid-friendly items that aren't super expensive. I plan ahead so when they begin putting out items for the next season or holiday, I check out to see if there is anything to help me build the following skills: Fine Motor Gross Motor Oral Motor Literacy Math Social Skills I also think about themes I want to do before I … [Read more...] about Summer Themed My Obstacle Course Finds
My last year of teaching, I had the blessing of having a child who was on the autism spectrum in my home room. At the time, I knew very little about autism but he taught me so much and I learned quite a bit that year that would later help me with Andrew. This child was high-functioning, verbal and although he required very little one on one assistance, he would sometimes encounter challenging situations in unstructured settings like recess or PE. When this would happen, the teacher involved … [Read more...] about Computer As Translator
A re-post for "Getting Started" week. Meet Them Where They Are - Part 2 It was so great to hear from all of the people who agree with the importance of meeting children where they are. This is something that seems so basic and obvious yet can get overlooked when fear and frustration take over. So, while it is important to meet them where they are, how do we know "where" they are? I have spent a good deal of time trying to find resources to make it easy for people to do this and there isn't a … [Read more...] about Meet Them Where They Are – Part 2