Tag - Strategies

19
Nov

Introducing New Foods to your Child with Feeding Deficits

In a previous article we considered the differences between a picky eater and a problem feeder.  If you missed that article you can read it here. Today I share some simple tips for introducing your child to new foods. Involve your child in preparing the menu for the week. Determine together which recipes your child …

4
Nov

Developing a Sleep Schedule That Works

“I just want to have a quiet evening! Why won’t you just go to sleep?!?” Do you ever have those nights? Maybe this is your night every night! Whatever the situation, it makes life much more stressful when you are tired and can’t get your child or children to fall asleep and sleep well! Rest …

20
May

Finding Peace

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 …

8
May

Building Competence through Guided Participation

I’ll never forget my first job. I started working at a very small restaurant, about 20 tables, with only one other waitress. The first day on the job I was handed an apron, a pad of paper, and a pen; and told to get to work. I was given no guidance on how to wait …

29
Apr

Springtime Planning for Transitions

The sun is beginning to shine, and the fresh smells of spring are upon us. This time of year is always a favorite of mine, whether I am working with clients or walking through the park with my sons. One thing is for sure, this time of year is always busy in school systems. Special …

29
Jan

SUCCESS Builds Confidence!

Living in our dynamic, fast changing world can be extremely stressful — even for those who are processing information at a normal rate. Imagine moving to another country where you know only a limited amount of the language that the nationals speak. It could be overwhelming! Now imagine trying to keep up the same lifestyle …

4
Dec

Strategies for Playing Games with Children Who Have Autism, ADHD, and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

One of the thing adults often struggle with when trying to engage a child with autism, ADHD, or other neurodevelopmental issues in playing a game is helping the child stay oriented to them and not just the activity itself.  When an adult gets out a game the child may immediately become focused on looking at …

13
Nov

Learning to Think: Mindfulness Throughout the Day

School has been in session for a few months now, and students are busily working on their studies. Teachers have dug into the content of their curriculum for the year, and everyone has had time to adjust to the new routine. As a former teacher, curriculum was an integral part of my day; and working …

9
Nov

Ask the Horizons Team: Do you have suggested resources for teachers to use in writing goals and objectives for students?

Question: I am a special education teacher working with students in grades 3-6. One of our areas for school improvement this year is writing more specific IEPs, including tightening up our goals and objectives. I have to say that this is something I didn’t get a lot of instruction in when I was in college, …

23
Oct

The Little Engine that Could

In the last few months, the idea of persistence and resiliency has continued to surface in many aspects of my life.  This brings to mind the classic children’s story The Little Engine that Could.  When the train was struggling to make it up the big hill, he didn’t give up; but repeated the phrase, “I …

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