Tag - Strategies


Ask the Horizons Team: Struggles with wetting and/or soiling behaviors

Question: Our 10-year-old son has been having wetting and soiling accidents on and off for years.  However, in the past few weeks this has become a daily occurrence and nothing seems to be working.  Every time we ask him about it he lies to us and says he doesn’t need to go or he didn’t …


Fixer or Facilitator?

As a former itinerant staff member in a local school district, I can identify with how difficult it is to feel like you are really making an impact.  From the large caseloads to student schedules, to the traveling from building to building, and everything in between, it can be hard to know if you are …


What Makes You Tick?

It was one of those perfect days. The sun was out, the temperature was just right, around 70 degrees. The pressures of life were minimal for a few hours, but a wonderful few hours they were. I walked outside to join my daughters while they played. I planted some flowers, pulled some weeds, and freshened …


Holiday Parties—Helpful Hints for Educators

The leaves are beginning to turn colors and fall from the trees; and whether we want to admit it or not, fall has arrived here in West Michigan!  It is hard to believe that in less than two weeks, children will be knocking at my door trick-or-treating.  With the arrival of fall, it is important …


Homework Headaches: How to Reduce Stress and Frustration between Parents and Children

For many families, the hustle and bustle of the after-school time can be stressful for both parents and children. Kids come home, want a snack, and need to get the wiggles and giggles out while we as parents are trying to accomplish those last minute things that need to be done for the day. Homework …


Beating the Winter Time Blues

By: Michelle VanderHeide, BSW There is just something about these long winter days in Michigan that make functioning at our best very difficult. The sun is often hidden behind the clouds, and it’s hard to get outside when the wind is blowing and the temperatures are frigid. They joys of long walks and fresh air …


Five Tips for Parents Making School-Related Decisions

School-related decisions seem to be an ever-present issue for all families, but especially for families with a child with unique learning needs. Here are some tips I find myself frequently providing parents in regards to their child’s education:


Summer’s Coming! 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 …


Optimism versus Pessimism: Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person? Does it really make a difference? I think it makes a huge difference in your overall functioning, and the quality of your life. Optimism can lead to accomplishment. If you think something is …


12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. Working with parents and educators for over a decade has taught me some important lessons about what it means to provide a meaningful education to students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is easy …

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