Tag - Strategies


Parenting Thoughts For the New Year: Changing “I Should” to “I Could”

By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. The start of a new calendar year tends to be a time for us to reflect on the past year, and also make plans for what we envision in the 12 months ahead. Some people make resolutions, write to-do lists, or set goals for themselves. What often happens with these lists …


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

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed. 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 …


Holiday Tips (and a few great excuses) for Families

By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. The holidays can be both a joyful and stressful time for all families. This can especially be the case for families of individuals with autism or other neuro-developmental disabilities. If you’re racking your brain to come up with some excuses you can use to avoid a holiday event you dread, here …


Getting Through the Valley

By: Michelle VanderHeide, BSW I’ve just returned to work after having several weeks off for maternity leave. (I have the most fabulous little boy added to my family!) Upon my return, I found that a handful of my families have entered into crisis mode. It’s a hard place to be, and my heart hurts for …


Food Jags: What are They and How do you Prevent Them?

By: Erin Roon, MA, CCC-SLP   What is a food jag? Children with feeding difficulties tend to eat the same foods every day, even at every meal. Typically they require that the foods be prepared in the same way each time. For example, your child may only eat a hot dog for lunch every day. …


Making Your Mealtimes More Palatable

By: Erin Roon, MS CCC-SLP Having a child with feeding difficulties can make mealtimes difficult for the whole family. Mealtimes can become stressful for everyone, and the entire family can come to dread sitting down to eat together. There are some simple strategies that can make eating more pleasant for everyone involved. Setting up a …


Spring Break Survival

Many families here is West Michigan are gearing up for spring break, which for most starts today. For those of you who are not traveling, here are a few ideas and activities to keep your kids and yourself busy and happy during spring break: ~Spring Cleaning–Have everyone help clean/organize the house. It could be fun …


Take Care of YOU Tuesday – Read Something Fun

  I do a lot of reading in a week. I read textbooks and articles for the courses I am taking. I read autism research. I read reports from other clinicians. I read education journals. I read books to my kids. You get the picture – lots of reading. Then there’s the list of books …


Take Care of YOU Tuesday – Get Yourself Some Flowers

Anyone else out there feel like no one ever brings you flowers anymore? I used to get flowers more often…and now not so much (hint-hint to my husband if he is reading this :). Actually, in the summer I get lots of little mangled bouquets of flowers (okay, maybe more like weeds) from my kids. …


Springtime in Schools: Preparing for Individualized Education Plans

By: Courtney Wiersum The ice is beginning to melt, and springtime is just around the corner. For those of us who either work in schools or have a child in school, this usually means the beginning of the busy season we know as spring IEP time. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this …

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