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Why Bilateral Integration is Critical for Kids and Activities to Improve It

Learn what you, as a parent, need to know about bilateral integration and how it can affect your child’s ability to write, read, and even pay attention in school. And, get over 13 easy bilateral coordination activities for your child.     It’s something most parents never give thought to, but it is a critical part of development.  So much is happening when our child plays, climbs, and explores their environment.  Skills are being honed and used as a...

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Easy Ways to Help Your Kid Focus on Homework

Teach your child how to focus on homework with these easy tips, ideas, and strategies so you can stop the nagging and daily battles over getting it done!     You feel guilty, you should be looking forward to seeing your kid after a long day, but you know what’s about to walk through the door with them, and that it will be the same battle that ensues as every other day: homework. And, you get it. Your kid has been learning all day and wants to do their own...

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What Parents Need to Know About Sensory Dysregulation

Learn what it looks like for your child to be in sensory dysregulation and how to help them get out of it and prevent it in the future.         Most days at school she was a handful.  Teachers were on guard, ready to put her behavioral plan in effect because Zoey* would refuse to listen, and at the age of 5, even get aggressive. Her fiery red hair would blur as she quickly ran around the room. Sometimes, she’d throw things or knock a desk over. It was a...

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17 Extraordinary Sensory Activities That Help Toddlers Learn and Grow

Get a cache of easy sensory activities for toddlers that aren’t just fun and keep your kiddo busy, but also help them develop and learn!   If there’s one word I’d use to describe toddlers, it’s busy.  Dump the toys out, drag boxes out of the pantry, and then chase the cat around the table as they knock everything over in sight. While having a toddler in the house is an exhausting time, it’s also exciting. Toddlers are growing and...

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Does Your Child Cry all the Time? This might be why…

It’s alarming and maybe annoying when your toddler or child cries all the time.  End the confusion and check out these sometimes hidden reasons that kids cry a lot! He was probably about 4 years old, and since he was my oldest child, he seemed so much older than my other kids. Being the oldest has some down sides, I speak from experience. Sam was standing in the middle of the living room crying. Again. I can’t remember what he was crying over, but...

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Simple Calming Activities for Active or Overwhelmed Kids to Start Today!

Calming activities have the power to change how your child interacts, learns, and communicates if they’re very active or get overwhelmed easily. Someday they’ll thank you for teaching them how to calm down!   Imagine your child when they get out of the car after a 10 hour road trip.  Are they calm or bouncing off the walls? How about after a music blasting, lights flashing, birthday party with 30+ screaming kids… do they need to chill out? Or,...

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How to Keep Kids Entertained Without a Screen or Spending a Lot of Money

I think there is a way to keep kids entertained, engaged, and busy without using screens or expensive activities. Follow these 3 steps to keep it easy and get inspired with 11 different ideas for kids of all ages.   A few months ago, Marilyn, a facebook follower asked me to write a post on how to keep kids active without spending a lot of money.  I admit, I was intrigued. As a parent, I doubt Marilyn knew that this is a topic that’s close to my heart.  But,...

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37 Sensory Toys to Help Kids Learn, Communicate, and Calm Down

Mega list of sensory toys to encourage your child’s learning, communication, and even calming! These sensory toys are perfect for toddlers, autism, sensory seekers, and special needs.   Sensory toys have the power to make or break bedtime, dinner, or a visit to the dentist!  While that may sound magical, there’s real science behind why sensory toys are incredible for any child, and even more so for kids with special needs or Autism. Like when my son,...

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How to Cut Your Kid’s Nails Without Any Tears, Tantrums, or Freak Outs!

Learn how to handle your child’s sensitivity to nail cutting without an epic meltdown with these 10 tips. You’ll know exactly what to do the next time you have to cut their nails!     When I walked into their house, Jane* looked at me as their occupational therapist and didn’t mince words, “I can’t cut Jake’s nails. Can you help me?” She was obviously frustrated, to say the least. Jane knew that this sensitivity to nail...

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Incredible Heavy Work Activities to Regulate Kids

Over 40 heavy work activities for kids, toddlers, and preschoolers that are designed to help calm and improve attention. Many of these activities can be done through natural activities your child is already doing!   I told myself, “Take a deep breath.” Here we were again, in the middle of a grocery store, and my son was acting like a wild man (or, as others may say a hyperactive child).  Something almost seems to overtake him when he gets ramped up,...

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