Book Works: Puppy Mind

Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children. Taming a Puppy Mind Children’s books offer a terrific way to launch the discussion of what it means to be mindful. Books can give students a way to make connections to their own lives and become…

Book Works: Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

Book Works are book recommendations by Communication Works (CW) that support speech, language, social and emotional growth for children. Teaching Mindfulness with a Monkey and a Panda Meditation expert Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention, on purpose, without judgement.” For many of the children we support at CW, mindfulness can be the missing piece…

Planning a Fun Valentine’s Day While Teaching Speech, Language, and Social Communication!

At Communication Works, we love to embrace holidays and special events as teachable moments for speech, language, and social/emotional goals. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we wanted to share some creative ideas from our CW therapists: From Brianna: In my social groups, I do a lesson on compliments for Valentine’s Day. We talk about what…

Don’t Forget to Fill Your Pitcher and Make Self-Care a Priority in the New Year!

While making your list of New Year’s resolutions, remember to build in time for self-care. As educators, therapists, or parents—especially when supporting those with special needs—our day-to-day lives can be stressful and focused on meeting the needs of other people over ourselves. There’s a good reason for the statement, “Put on your own oxygen mask…