17 Mindfulness Activities for Kids | Music | Books

17 Mindfulness Activities for Kids | Music | Books

Mindfulness Meditation for Kids Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition Is your brain on overload the way mine is? And your kids’ too? This is why I am looking into mindfulness. To help me with the mental clutter. I’m pretty…

Social Emotional Learning Activities | Middle School | High School

Social Emotional Learning Activities | Middle School | High School

Social Emotional Learning Activities “Ugh!” (and insert eye roll) “You want to talk about feelings again,” is what my 12-year-old recently groaned. I hope that as you read my site and participate in the Facebook group, that there is so much more to social skills besides exhibiting the actual traditional social skills. Social emotional learning,…

What are Social Awareness Skills? | Definition | Examples | EQ

What are Social Awareness Skills? | Definition | Examples | EQ

Social Awareness You know how when we were little, and you wanted a sleepover with a friend, and one of our parents would come home, and we’d know instantly if we could ask for that sleepover we wanted or not. Right? Just the way your dad put his keys down, or your mom sighed, you…

37 Measurable Social Skills IEP Goals | Social Emotional IEP Goals

37 Measurable Social Skills IEP Goals | Social Emotional IEP Goals

Social Skills IEP Goals It’s no secret that many kids with disabilities struggle socially and struggle to build and maintain friendships. When Brian tells me stories of kids at school who sound like they have a disability of some kind, I always encourage (read: nag!) him to go the extra step. I encourage him to…

25 (free!) Evidence-Based Games and Activities to Learn Social Skills | Autism

25 (free!) Evidence-Based Games and Activities to Learn Social Skills | Autism

Evidence Based Games for Social Skills If you go out to bars frequently, or you’re in a phase of your life where you’re attending a lot of weddings, you get to practice those social skills. When you don’t, you struggle. “What do I wear to a wedding? Ack!” is a sentiment I know that I…

Fantasy Football for Kids | Fun and Important Skills Learned

Fantasy Football for Kids | Fun and Important Skills Learned

Including Kids in Fantasy Football Leagues My husband has been in a family Fantasy Football league for several years. In recent years, he allowed our younger son (who loves football!) to help him make decisions on players and stuff. Then, I added a team. Another uncle left the league, we expanded the league size, so…

For Parents: Receptive Language vs Expressive Language Disorder | Receptive vs Express Language Skills and Strategies |  IEP Goals

For Parents: Receptive Language vs Expressive Language Disorder | Receptive vs Express Language Skills and Strategies | IEP Goals

Receptive vs Expressive Language If your child is being evaluated for Early Intervention or Special Education Services, you may be introduced to the terms ‘receptive language skills’ or ‘expressive language skills.’ As humans, we all have communication skills. Those skills are either expressive or receptive. If you do not struggle to understand incoming communication or…

Best Apps for Autism | Speech | Social Skills

Best Apps for Autism | Speech | Social Skills

Autism Apps It’s kind of hard to remember life without tablets and smartphones, but it did exist. When the iPad was introduced a little over a decade ago, it was revolutionary. And, the autism community and special education community were some of the pioneers in developing apps. Now, our disabled kids, regardless of their issues,…

13 Meditation and Mindfulness Apps and Techniques for Kids, under $5.

13 Meditation and Mindfulness Apps and Techniques for Kids, under $5.

Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids We have a lot to think about these days. I don’t even think I could list all that’s wrong with the world right now. For one, it’s too depressing. It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed right now. And, as parents, we often cannot let our true feelings show because we’re…

10 Apps for Emotion Regulation and Social Interactions | Social Skills | Free

10 Apps for Emotion Regulation and Social Interactions | Social Skills | Free

Social and Emotion Regulation Apps Did you know that there are apps that can help your child rehearse for social situations? Or help them learn to regulate their emotions? There really is an app for everthing. Including social skills apps. I can’t believe it’s been over a decade that we’ve been using apps with Kevin….

18 Tips to work on Social Skills/SEL while you’re stuck at home (from a BCBA!)

18 Tips to work on Social Skills/SEL while you’re stuck at home (from a BCBA!)

How to Practice Social Skills/SEL during times of isolation. When you’re stuck at home with only the same few people day after day, working on social skills and SEL social-emotional learning can be a challenge. I partnered with Ashley Rose of Mission Cognition to bring you some ideas of how to practice these skills with…

How and Why to Build Social Capital for your Disabled Child.

How and Why to Build Social Capital for your Disabled Child.

Social Capital Social capital and your disabled child is a buzzword that you need to get on your radar. For many reasons, people with disabilities are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to social capital. Communication issues, environmental issues, and aversions, stigmas, and stereotypes, lack of accessibility,  lack of transportation. I could go on…