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07Oct

blog 15.10.7Sibling relationships in the best situation range from best friends to worst enemies, but when one or more children have a diagnosed disability, special considerations may be in order to understand the sibling’s perspective.

23Jun

Jacob peeked through the front door window to see if he could spot his mom or dad in the kitchen. He was at his family home to surprise his dad on Father’s Day. He rang the door bell in rapid succession, and thought to himself that it might have been a bad idea to come all that way and find them not at home.

17Jun

Keep Calm and Carry OnKEEP CALM AND CARRY ON should be the mantra while trying to juggle all of the processes and routines we put in place to support organizational and academic success for our children.

21May

blog 15.5.21She sat staring at the PowerPoint presentation beaming from the whiteboard. It was taking everything she had to stay with the lecture. “SLANT,” she thought, as she struggled to hang on.

14May

blog 15.5.14It’s possible you have heard the answer to this one before. If you attended the Dr. Peg Dawson follow-up conversation in March, you definitely know the punch line...‘One bite at a time.’

23Apr

blog 4.23.15On March 18, Dr. Peg Dawson spoke to over 600 parents at a program sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Springer. The program’s title, Calming the Chaos, captured the desire of parents who attended.

06Feb

blog 15.2.6Sarah cringes when the school’s number pops up on caller I.D. Since fourth grade, it has been nothing but bad news. Paul’s teacher calls to discuss his inability to wait his turn, frequently calling out answers in class and interrupting others. The conversation is always the same.

30Jan

blog 15.1.30In an instant I went from a fiercely independent “caretaker,” to the one being cared for and dependent on everyone else for simple tasks. A few weeks ago, I slipped on ice and broke my leg. Four days later, I was hit upside the head with the flu – for the second time since mid-December.

25Nov

blog 14.11.25This weekend I feverishly prepared my house for the 24 guests I will have for Thanksgiving. This will be the first time I have had the privilege to host, since moving back “home” in 1999. I have the perfect vision of the day in my mind. Everyone is talking and laughing around the tables, set with the colors of fall, plates filled with all of our traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

10Nov

blog 14.11.10Providing rewards and recognition for students’ accomplishments can be a tricky issue.  It can motivate a child to accomplish day-to-day goals; or it can discourage if they feel they can never reach the reward. 

The goal is to make the focus of reward effort, rather than outcome or performance.