Sugar Plum Scaries

It’s everywhere. School parties, friends’ houses, gifts from neighbors, special displays in all the stores. It’s there before, during and after the holidays. It makes you feel wonderful and then terrible. It’s your holiday frenemy. Sweets. During the holidays, you come into contact with more sugary goodies than any other

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Food Glorious Food

One of the most enjoyable parts of the holidays for many is the family dinner. Special foods, recipes handed down for generations, a beautiful table setting and a gigantic feast of food for the eyes, nose, and stomach. Lovely! Unless your child is a picky eater. Or can’t sit still

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Meltdowns at the Mall

On a recent trip to the mall, I noticed quite a few crying, yelling, upset children. I think we can predict this upswing in tantrums and behavioral problems during the holiday season, given all the high expectations, lack of sleep and sugar our children experience. But for Complex Learners, these

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Try This at Home

There’s a long vacation coming! Here’s a great book to break the boredom that also offers cool things kids can make that are yucky, touchy, artsy, and more! The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions has everything from Applesauce Cinnamon Dough to Jiggle Finger Paints to Jewel & Gem Goop. Some

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Photo Bomb

There is a lot of pressure during this time of year to produce perfect family photos. Whether for holiday cards you hope to get out before the snow melts, at family gatherings or school events, or just trying to record the fun moments of the season – there are a

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Toy Story II

Yes, the toys are coming, but not all toys are created equal. Here are a few links that offer ideas for Complex Learners, taking into account sensory and learning needs. Please share your links or ideas in the comments section below and let the games begin!   Educational Toys That

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Toy Story I

What kid doesn’t love to get toys? They’re colorful and fun. They’re better than socks and mittens. They’re stuff to play with! But toys have their drawbacks. They pile up and take over entire rooms. They become a way of comparing who has more. They trigger fights between siblings and

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Sensational Activities!

There are so many things going on during this time of year and you want your child to share in the fun. But children with sensory processing issues often react with challenging behaviors on everyday outings, let alone at special activities where there’s sure to be new sights and sounds

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Great Expectations

Do you feel like you have to create the most amazing, festive, magazine-cover-story-worthy holiday ever? Do you promise yourself every year that things will be different, only to turn into a Martha Stewart monster decorating gingerbread houses for all your neighbors or cooking 10,000 latkes for your family or staying

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Wolf Wednesdays: The Holiday Countdown

Batten the hatches, the holidays are coming! We’ve all felt it – the stress of shopping and gift-giving, cooking and visiting picture taking and party going, and all the other traditions and expectations. It makes you want to hide in the basement and come out with the groundhog in February!

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