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Calm a child’s senses for a good night of sleep

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A good night’s sleep allows our minds and bodies to get the necessary rest it needs to wake up rejuvenated and ready to begin a new day. As parents, we want nothing more than for our children to get a good night’s sleep so they can wake up in the morning ready to attack the

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The Way I See It – Dr. Temple Grandin

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Dr. Temple Grandin is a world-renowned professor. She is known for her expertise of animal behaviors and her studies of cattle and the implementation of strategies to improve handling of cows. As a child, Grandin was also diagnosed with Autism. But, Grandin did not allow this to hinder her, instead in a TED talk (definitely

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Broken Crayons

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My daughter came to me the other day crying “my crayon broke…I need to throw it in the garbage.” “No,” I replied, “mommy loves coloring with broken crayons!” As a mother, I understand my daughter’s frustration over trying to use a small crayon to color. When children are young, they like everything to be big

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Orton-Gillingham Reading Program

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Orton-Gillingham at The Therapy Spot The Therapy Spot’s Orton Gillingham reading program offers tutoring services, teaching children to read, write, and spell using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Our tutors are trained and certified in the Orton-Gillingham method.  Sessions are available in schools, as well as in the afternoon or evenings at The Therapy Spot clinics. Please

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Drawing, Writing, Typing… There are Apps for That!

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For the final installment of this App blog series, I would like to share some apps with you that we use to reinforce drawing, writing, and typing skills. Drawing is a precursor to writing, and children build their skills by tracing, copying, and then forming their own pictures or designs without any model.  Coloring is

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Fine Motor Development… There’s an App for That!

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In a blog post last week I shared some apps that I use to promote visual perceptual skills. This week, I would like to share some apps that are useful in promoting fine motor skills. Fine motor skills refer to the ability to complete tasks using precise movements of the fingers and hands. One great

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