Tag - Strategies


Ask the Horizons Team: How to deal with transition and change

Question: My son is finishing 5th grade and will be going to the middle school next year. It’s a totally new building and he is already talking about all the things that will be “different”. He struggles in general with things that are different, but is getting better with acknowledging and accepting that things can’t …


Ask the Horizons Team: Do you have any resources or strategies on dealing with “executive function problems”?

Question: My 9-year-old son has a lot of what professionals have told us are “executive function problems”. He is very unorganized, has difficulty planning and sequencing things, forgets even simple directions, and doesn’t have any sense of time. I understand that this is all part of his ADHD diagnosis, but we just don’t seem to …


Summer’s Here! 5 Helpful Tips for Parents

Many parents both love and hate the thought of summer vacation.  On the one hand, you’re ready to be done with the homework, backpacks full of papers, seemingly endless fundraisers, and getting the kids up and out the door to catch the bus every morning.  Summer holds the possibility of a slower pace, fun times …


Ask the Horizons Team: My daughter spends too much time repeating TV shows

Question: My daughter spends a lot of time repeating phrases and conversations from the television shows she watches.  It can really interfere with getting her attention or trying to communicate with her.  It can be really hard to get her to stop.  Any suggestions? Jim in Grand Haven, Michigan


Ask the Horizons Team: I have a teenage son who just cannot get up on time in the mornings.

Question: I have a teenage son who just cannot get up on time in the mornings.  He sets his alarm, but continually hits snooze and just can’t seem to get himself up and going.  This has been an issue for him since he was a child.  Mornings just don’t seem to be his thing!  We’ve …


Ask the Horizons Team: Sensory Processing Disorder

Question: My family is interested in learning more about my son’s anxiety and sensory processing disorder.  Can you provide me with some good resources for family members? -Kathy in Kalamazoo, Michigan


Ask the Horizons Team: Changing Habits

Question: My daughter just wants to touch people all the time. It’s frustrating and at times can be very embarrassing. She’ll even walk up to strangers. What can we do to stop this? If we tell her “No!” she gets a funny little smile on her face and then sometimes does it again! Help! ~ …


Ask the Horizons Team: “How do I get my child to eat mac & cheese again?”

Question: My son used to eat macaroni and cheese on a regular basis, a week ago he refused to eat it and now says he doesn’t like it anymore.  He has a rather limited range of foods and now he won’t eat macaroni and cheese anymore.  How do I get him to eat it? -Dave …


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 …


Ask the Horizons Team: Shoe Tying Struggles

Question: We are having an issue with shoe tying in our house!  I have 5 children under the age of 8, and my oldest has significant fine motor and visual processing issues.  It’s been an uphill battle trying to teach him to tie his shoes.  When we need to go somewhere it takes me forever …

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