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December 2015

Seasons Greetings

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It’s that time of the year again! Grading, finals and Holidays. It’s so easy to get swept up into the frenzy of:  I HAVE SO MUCH TO DO! But then stop take a breath. It’s the words we use to label how we are feeling that in a second can change our mood. This has been a wonderful few months and I am so grateful to all of those who have supported me and inspired me. As the end of the year approaches we tend to reflect on where we have been and where we would like to be but …

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Getting through the first week of school and over the bumps along the way!

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The first week back at school can be overwhelming for any child and for children with ASD even more so. The key is preparation and priming. Priming is when you prepare a child for an activity or event before it takes place using visual supports and clear language. Teachers need to be primed too. No matter how well primed a child is, there will still be some anxiety, as they learn to self-regulate and adjust to the new classroom. Using Yoga with children with ASD and allowing for simple movement breaks can also be very helpful.

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Self-regulation, social cognition and yoga

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Feelings are a funny old thing! Many therapists and teachers will work on this with children with special needs to help them understand how they are feeling as well as to “read” how other people may be feeling. Feelings show up at all sorts of times and depending on the course of the day most of us can venture up and down the feeling scale with some highs and lows along the way.

Two of the children I consult with recently went to see the movie “Inside Out” (http://en.disneyme.com). The film is a wonderful tool to help children understands …

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Can children with developmental disorders learn more than one language?

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Parents of exceptional children often ask me if it is ok for them to use more than one language with their child. The answer is yes! I am bilingual. I grew up in a home where I was exposed to several languages. It was the norm. My nieces and nephews are following similar suite. Sunday lunch with my family is a blend of cultures, languages and inter-spirituality! We call it our family “Salata” (salad).

Children with special needs, who are also dual language learners (DLLS), are NOT harmed by learning two languages, in fact the research shows the contrary. Learning …

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