Fall Leaves: Learning to follow directions in a specific sequence

Hands-on crafts activities offer great practice for following directions and sequencing (completing tasks in a specific order with a goal in mind).  Here’s a seasonal activity with modifications for different skill levels to enjoy with your child. Here’s what you need: Paper Glue Leaves that have fallen to the ground Scissors Pen, pencil, crayons, or […] ...Read More
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Prep Your Little Monster for a Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a thrilling event for many kids, but it can be overwhelming for those who face challenges with social communication and self-regulation. It can stir up anxiety, confusion, giddiness, and fear. There are many hidden social rules and norms associated with Halloween. Some kids understand hidden rules without explicit teaching and don’t need to […] ...Read More
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Tools to Try: Pixar Short Films

Recently we asked our therapists to recommend resources for building speech,  language, and social communication skills. We wanted to share some of these activities that parents, teachers and other therapists may find fun and useful and that can be easily tailored for specific children’s needs.  Therapist Kevin English recommended using Pixar short films (or any […] ...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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A Time to Reflect

by Jillian LeVos-Carlson, M.S., CCC-SLP I recently attended my company’s end-of-year party, where we were encouraged to reflect on the recent school year and think of the growth and challenges we’d experienced and what we’d learned and might want to store in our memory for the future. The first thing that came to mind was […] ...Read More
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Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month

Providing Tips and Tools to Support Great Communication and Connection Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? We’re eager to raise awareness about the importance of speech, language, and hearing, the foundation of our ability to communicate and connect with others. Making oneself understood and understanding other people through words, gestures, […] ...Read More
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Clients Speak Out About Living with Autism

At CW, we often teach the skill of “perspective taking,” or putting oneself into another person’s shoes/mindset. To build awareness and acceptance for autism, I decided to turn the tables. I asked some of our clients to describe for those who don’t have autism what it’s like and provide suggestions about how we can build […] ...Read More
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Tools to Try: Jenga

Our therapists often adapt commonly used games as tools for building speech, language, and social communication skills. We wanted to share some of these activities that teachers and caregivers may find fun and useful and that can be easily tailored for specific children’s needs. The first is Jenga, recommended by CW therapist Theresa Christiansen. Jenga […] ...Read More
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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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