Wiggly Kids? Try Classroom Focus Tools.

For kids who need to settle and focus, the answer may be a fidget or what are also know as “focus tools”. Many teachers use “fidgets” (small objects that keep the hands or body busy) to help with self-regulation and boost focus and attention. Research shows that allowing students to fidget can increase their ability […] ...Read More
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Put Social Learning into Vacation Mode

Summer offers a welcome break from the school routine, but time off doesn’t mean putting social learning on hold.  Summer vacations can be the perfect time to embrace teachable social moments and can even make your travels more enjoyable. As you plan a trip, hit the road, and visit new places, kids can also build their […] ...Read More
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Improving on Whole Body Listening Larry

Here at CW, we’re delighted to announce that two good books have been made better.  Whole Body Listening Larry At School and Whole Body Listening Larry At Home teach children to improve their listening, attention, and social skills through the concept of Whole Body Listening (WBL). Although this might seem simple, WBL is actually very […] ...Read More
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Metacognition and Self-Regulation

As adults, we spend an extraordinary amount of time thinking we’ve got our students’ and children’s problems figured out: “I know why he’s mad…it’s because he can’t get the Legos to fit together!” “She must be sulking because her friends left her out during recess today” Grown ups certainly have more life experience than kids, and sometimes […] ...Read More
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Getting Into the Zone

Elizabeth Sautter, MA SLP, CCC Well-intended advice, like “calm down,“ “take a breath,” or “pay attention,” is often not enough. Many children and adults need support and specific tools for regulating their emotions, impulses, and sensory needs. Those who are unable to control their internal state and/or behaviors often experience negative reactions in social situations […] ...Read More
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Hidden Rules of Halloween

We live in a world with many social rules that are important to be aware of and follow. Many of these rules are spelled out clearly and many are hidden. ...Read More
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Strategies for Bullying

By Hanna Bogen, M.S., CCC-SLP When hanging out with friends, we may joke, act silly, or sometimes tease one another.  While these actions can start out as playful, the teasing can sometimes become unfriendly and turn into bullying.  Knowing when you or a friend’s actions are turning into bullying behavior can be challenging. First, let’s […] ...Read More
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Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain

By Hanna Bogen, M.S., CCC-SLP “Back to school” time means back to packing lunches and sifting through snacks. One critical pillar of the development of self-regulation skills is sub-cortical regulation: management of sleep, movement, hydration, and eating. When you feed your body healthy foods, you are simultaneously feeding your brain. If children don’t eat a sufficient […] ...Read More
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10 Tips to Help Your Child Transition to School

The new school year is just around the corner. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be an anxious time for you and/or your child. ...Read More
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10 Tips to Prime and Prepare Your Child for a Happy 4th of July

By Elizabeth Sautter, M.A., CCC-SLP Although it’s a time for celebration, the July 4th holiday presents challenges for many kids, especially those who are sensitive to crowds and noise. Fireworks and large gatherings can lead to sensory overload, and a fun time can quickly turn into overwhelm and possible meltdowns. Following are some tips and […] ...Read More
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