The 5 Ws of Sensory Stimulation Strategies

The 5 Ws of Sensory Stimulation Strategies

The rise – and inevitable classroom banning – of fidget spinners has inspired conversation about the value of sensory stimulation techniques, and the true difference between a “fidget” and a “toy”.  What is the difference, and how...
Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve all been there… Grandparents or Aunts and Uncles ask what the kids want and you just can’t come up with anything! We are here to help! As a group of parents, educators, and therapists, we created a list of our top gift ideas for children 2-8 years old.  Stocking...
Why Kids Need Our Empathy, Not Our Criticism

Why Kids Need Our Empathy, Not Our Criticism

In my experiences talking with parents, through both my job and my social circles, it seems there is an increasing understanding of the many challenges children face and arrive with every day at school. This is something educators see frequently, as they get to know...
Decluttering Tips You Can Use Today

Decluttering Tips You Can Use Today

I am a person who operates best when there is no clutter in my life – physical or mental. A clear mind and a clear physical space bring me contentment. People have commented on how tidy my spaces are, including my house, my vehicle, and my office at work. If...
Substitute Teaching-Tips and Tricks

Substitute Teaching-Tips and Tricks

During the last 18 years in education, first as a teacher then as an administrator, I’ve had the privilege of working with many substitute teachers. Those experiences have provided me with some insight into what substitute teachers can do to help make going to...
Invitation Overload

Invitation Overload

When school starts you get the influx of notices, fundraisers and everything else under the sun…including birthday party invitations for children you’ve never heard of. Why? Because many classrooms have a policy that if you’re going to hand out birthday party...
Taking Time for Self-Care

Taking Time for Self-Care

You have likely heard that in order to be at your best and to care for others, you need to take care of yourself first. It’s the airplane analogy: You put your own oxygen mask on first before you begin helping others. But self-care can be easier said than done when...