Tag - Family


Progress is Measured in Inches, not Miles!

Each time when I meet with families, we talk about the progress their child is making on their objectives. I start by asking parents to provide me with information on the successes they have seen in their child over the past few weeks. Sometimes the progress is measured in the smallest fraction of an inch, …


Ask the Horizons Team: Parent-School Partnerships

Question: As a special education team leader in an elementary school, I’ve been taking to heart some of the things you’ve written about regarding parent-school partnerships. I’m looking to make our school district less stressful and frustrating for families whose children struggle in school. What are some of the biggest complaints that you receive from …


It’s the Simple Things!

Singing songs, taking a walk, sharing a snack, holding hands, reading a bedtime story – these are the simple things in life. My daughter is really into music, and we spend many hours every day either listening to music, making music, or singing songs. It doesn’t matter to her that her momma can’t carry a …


The Holidays are Here: How to Thrive During this Busy Time of Year!

The snow is falling here in Michigan, and the winter season has begun to set in.  Neighborhoods are buzzing with children sledding down snow covered hills, and families are busily decorating their homes.  It really is “beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!” Before we know it, school winter breaks will be here and our …


Fun Family Activities for Any Occasion

Since weather is an unpredictable phenomenon in life, I have begun to appreciate a variety of activities that I can do with my family whether we are stuck indoors due to rain or snow, extreme hot or cold.  Although it is hard to find an activity that they whole family can enjoy together, it is …


Lessons on Co-Regulation

By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. As I observed my son’s piano lesson recently the concept of co-regulation came to mind. He had practiced a song by himself for a week, and after he played it for his teacher she suggested they play the duet together. She joined him at the piano and they played the song …


“Not Now” Doesn’t Mean “Never” – Parent Expectations in the Context of Child Development

By: Nicole Beurkens, PhD My husband and I had three sons when our daughter joined our family. I was thrilled with the idea of finally being able to put one of my children in dresses, buy cute little shoes, and do her hair. After three boys, it was time for me to have another female …


Slowing Down to Speed Up

By: Erin Roon, MA CCC-SLP Why does it seem that everything has to be done at warp speed these days?  Everyone is in a rush to get where they are going and to do what needs to be done.  It seems the older a person gets, the faster the years fly by.  Is it because …


Fun Family Activities for Any Occasion

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed. With the constant change in weather patterns here in Michigan and the world abroad, I have begun to appreciate a variety of activities that I can do with my family whether we are stuck indoors due to rain or snow, extreme hot or cold. Although it is hard to find an …


Spring Break is Back

The weather is warming up here in Michigan, and it is hard to believe that spring break is right around the corner. Spring time can be a season of change for many children, and it is important to try and maintain some consistency and routine. Whether you are going away for spring break or staying …

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