Sweet Dreams

You have heard this before. From doctors and therapists and articles in waiting room magazines. From mattress salesmen and your mother. It’s the cure all and the game changer. That’s right – sleep! And everything you’ve heard goes double for children with learning and attention issues. Sleep effects mood, organization,

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The Gift of Reading

Yes, the toys and video games and electronics are cool, but why not take advantage of the holidays and give your child a book? You could suggest a book you know your child will like to your relatives that ask every year what to get. Or create a tradition –

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Give Me a Break!

What’s better than a week or two off from school in the middle of the winter?! Nothing! If you’re a kid. Maybe oral surgery if you’re a parent. Because as excited as your child is to have time away from school, the magic of structure disappears. After a few days

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The 3 P’s

Get out your calendar, the holiday parties are coming. Office parties, family parties, neighborhood parties, school parties, friends from college parties, Boy Scout parties, Dance Class parties, and the list goes on. Most people enjoy these gatherings, or even if they dread going they often have fun once they get

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What are you wearing?

It’s itchy. I don’t like it. It’s too tight. It feels funny. Sound familiar? Children with sensory issues often struggle with clothing. They hate tags, bumps in socks, sneakers tied too tightly, rough materials. Maybe they want to wear the same shirt all the time or mix and match clashing

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The Gift of Giving

It’s the season of giving, but unfortunately, many children (and adults too) think of the holidays as the season of getting. It’s important to teach gratitude and instill a spirit of giving in your child – a lesson you hope to convey the whole year through. At the holidays, it’s

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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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