On the Horizon – 08/05/2008

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Welcome to “On the Horizon”

Issue 24: Treating Feeding Difficulties in the School Environment

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In This Issue

Help with Feeding Difficulties

A Note from Nicole: Nicole is Back; New Feeding Coaching Program; Welcome New Subscribers

Idea of the Week: Water Balloons

Feature Article: Treating Feeding Difficulties in the School Environment

The Horizons Team Recommends: Explorations in Eating Calendar/Journal Set; Horizons Academy

Upcoming Events: Parent Chat; Parent Teleseminar; Parent Education Day; Sibshop

A Note From NicoleNicole Beurkens

Hi Everyone!

Well, I think I’ve finally settled back into my “normal” life after being away from home for so many weeks during the month of July.  Last week I enjoyed time reconnecting with my family and getting reacquainted with things like full-sized toiletries (no more miniature travel-sizes), fresh fruits and veggies (anyone else get so sick of hotel food?), and having a full selection of clothing and shoes to pick from each morning (there’s only so much I can fit in my suitcase!).  It was also great to see my client families again and get back into the swing of things at the office.

Erin’s feature article this week lays out the basics of addressing feeding difficulties in the school environment.  School will be starting up again soon, and this information is a “must” for those of you involved in schools.  I’ll share a little secret with you–Erin is going to be launching a one-of-a-kind feeding coaching program for parents within the next month.  This much-needed program will provide families around the globe with an economical way to benefit from her expertise in understanding and treating feeding issues.  Stay tuned for more details…

Finally, I want to extend a big “welcome” to all of our new subscribers who have joined us recently.  We are thrilled you found us and look forward to sharing ideas and insights with you each week!

Looking to the horizon,

Nicole Signature 

Idea of the Week
Water Balloons

Water Balloons!

On a hot summer day what’s better than some water balloon fun?!  You can come up with all kinds of creative ways to use water balloons – and kids (and adults) of all ages will have a blast.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Pass the balloons back and forth – see how many times you can pass them before they break.  You can also take a step further apart from each other with each toss to see how far you can toss them before they break.
  • Play basketball with water balloons – can you get them in the basketball hoop or bucket?  Do they break or bounce?
  • Climb up on your deck, slide, chairs, etc. and see if the balloons break or bounce when dropped from various heights.

If you and your kids enjoy some water balloon fun this week, send us a note and/or a picture.  We’ll feature you in an upcoming edition!

Feature Article
School Lunch

Treating Feeding Difficulties in the School Environment

By: Erin Roon, MA, CCC-SLP

There are many children within the school environment that have feeding difficulties.  For these children, the task of eating lunch and snack at school is a daunting one.  However, lunch and snack time can present the perfect opportunity for addressing feeding difficulties if given the necessary attention and intervention. 

A team collaboration framework is necessary for the design and implementation of a successful feeding therapy program within the schools, with many people and steps involved.


The Horizons Team Recommends

Explorations in Eating Calendar and Journal

$19.95 (Per Calendar) or $34.95 (Per Calendar and Journal) Each day has ideas to expand your child’s diet and food preferences. Calendars are assembled by clients in our EmployAbilities program. $1.00 from every calendar will be donated to FARR.

Click on the image below to visit our store!

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Horizons Academy

Many parents express concerns about educational options available to their children with impairments. It seems there are few ideal educational settings, and even fewer that take a developmental approach to working on the core deficits of student difficulties.

Our instructional program, available for children ages 3 and older, is individualized to meet the unique and specific needs of each student. Parents and the instructional team work together to determine priority goal areas, which often include communication, problem solving / flexible thinking, socialization, sensory-motor development, academic skills, and self-care skills.

A certified Special Education teacher / RDI® Program Certified Consultant oversees the program. This program runs from September through June and is limited to a small number of students each year.

Schedule a Free Consultation:

To learn more about our Instructional Program, call us for more information at (616) 698-0306.

Upcoming Events

Please join us!

For more information on Summer CAMPS and Collaborate and Create, click here.

  • CORE Approach Parent Chat
    Horizons Families Only

    Tuesday August 5, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

  • CORE Approach Parent Day Rejuvenating Your Remediation Program – the Latest in RDI and Research Updates
    Horizons Families Only

    Saturday August 9, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • Summer CAMPS August 11-14: Wet N Wild
  • CORE Approach Parent Teleseminar – Homeschooling
    Horizons Families Only

    Tuesday August 19, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Sibshop – Horizons Sibling Network
    Open to everyone!
    Saturday September 13, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
  • Beginning CORE Approach 4-day Parent Seminar – Chicago, IL area
    November 10-13
    Registration and Location Information To Be Announced…

See our Event Calendar for more details…

On the Horizon is a weekly ezine for parents of children with developmental disabilities who want simple, effective strategies to reduce stress, support their child¹s development, and improve quality of life for the whole family.

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