On the Horizons – 06/07/2011

Horizons Developmental Remediation Center

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Issue 152: Finding Peace

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In This Issue

A Note from Nicole: Celebrating Accomplishments

Idea of the Week:  Apple Ladybugs

Feature Article: Finding Peace

The Horizons Team Recommends: Learning as we Grow

Upcoming Events:  Workshops/Conferences


A Note From Nicole
Nicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone,

My kids are in the final stretch of the school year, with only a few days left before summer vacation.  Our oldest son had his 5th grade graduation ceremony last Friday, and I can’t believe how fast his elementary years flew by.  Our daughter had her preschool graduation ceremony 2 weeks ago, so after 8 years there will not be a Beurkens child at the preschool next year.  We are definitely moving into a new phase of family life with our youngest in kindergarten, our oldest in middle school, and two in between!   If you have children winding down their school year, I hope you are able to celebrate the accomplishments of this past 9 months as you look toward spending the summer together.

I want to make sure you have a couple of reminders about upcoming events.  Our summer camps program is starting in 3 weeks, and no late registrations will be taken after this week.  If you are planning to register, please click here to get the registration details: 2011 Summer CAMPS.  On June 16 from 7-8 PM Eastern time, Erin and I will be holding a Simple Solutions teleseminar called Why Diet Matters: The Gut-Brain Connection.  If you would like to register for this free online/telephone event, please click here.

Finally, this week we are running an article that has gotten lots of response from many of you over the years. I wrote it based on a quote I saw, and the message is just as relevant for all of us today. I hope it helps you get focused on finding some peace in your life this week!

Looking to the horizon,

Idea of the Week

Apple Ladybugs

Let's Mak a LadybugSlice an apple in half from top to bottom and scoop the core out. Place half the apple flat side down on a small plate. Dab peanut butter on the back on the ’ladybug’ and stick raisins into it for spots. Use this method to make eyes too. Stick one end of a pretzel stick into a raisin them press the other end into the apples to make antennae and you have an Apple Ladybug!

Feature Article

Peace?Finding Peace

By: Nicole Beurkens, PhD.

As I was wandering around the Minneapolis airport recently, I found a store with a variety of posters, cards, and wall hangings with quotes and sayings on them.  As I perused the options, I found one that I had to purchase and bring back to the office.  Here is the quote:

 Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” (Author unknown)

This conceptualization of peace resonates with me in all aspects of my life.  As a parent to four children under the age of 9, there are many times when there is noise, trouble, and hard work all at once!  Yet, I am still able to be at peace, knowing that this is part of the process of parenting, and that this too shall pass.  Parenting is generally far from an easy or trouble-free process, but knowing in my heart that I am doing the right things for my kids allows me to be at peace during the messiest parts of the journey.

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The Horizons Team Recommends

Learning as we Grow

Learning as
we Grow

You’ve Been
Asking For It – The Resource for Applying Principles of Remediation in
School Settings is Finally Here!

This long-awaited book is written for parents and
professionals who want to be more effective in their work with students
who have neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify the core features of neurodevelopmental disorders
    that create communication, learning, and relationship challenges for
    your students
  • Shift from a mindset of working around deficits
    (compensation) to correcting the root issues that create obstacles for
    your students (remediation)
  • Modify your communication to promote your students’
    communication and thinking abilities
  • Identify the unique strengths and obstacles of each student
    in order to determine appropriate placement and programming
  • Achieve meaningful outcomes for students that allow them to
    reach their greatest potential
For more
information, click here

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