The Brain and Sleep

The brain uses sleep as an opportunity to complete numerous critical tasks for our development: memories get transferred into long-term “storage,” our thoughts from the day get arranged and rearranged, and we continue to build strong neural pathways. Too little sleep can trigger emotional regulation challenges during the school day, behavioral outbursts, attention difficulties, challenges…

Animating Therapy

Media can be such a great way to engage students of all ages in working on therapy objectives. We can help students recognize that all people and characters are engaged in social decision making by using their favorite movies and shows as teaching opportunities. Below are different ways that Pixar Animated Shorts are used to…

Serve Up Some Social Learning

Teachable moments to support social learning and executive functioning with children are scattered all throughout our daily routines. Cooking is a common household activity that can embed skills like following directions, sequencing, taking turns, joint attention, waiting, flexibility and conversation. As winter settles in, you can start a new tradition of cooking family-friendly recipes that…

Person Files

The school year brings transitions, changes, and the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. In our social groups at Communication Works, there are often new children joining the groups or some coming back from a summer at camp or traveling. Seeing new faces in a group brings the opportunity to practice getting…

SCERTS® – The Next Generation Practices for Children with Autism and Their Families

SCERTS® is an innovative educational model for working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. It provides specific guidelines for helping a child become a competent and confident social communicator, while preventing problem behaviors that interfere with learning or the development of relationships. It is also designed to help families, educators and…