Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder and What to Do Next This article talks about what to look for to determine if your child is showing symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs). Also discussed are the next steps after determining that you are … Continue reading

How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills A graphic organizer provides learners with a visual representation of information, concepts, or ideas.  Graphic organizers are often used to help children understand what they are reading or to organize information in order to report it, such as through … Continue reading

Reading Comprehension Strategies: Visualizing and Verbalizing Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) is a strategy, created by Nanci Bell, an expert in the treatment of language and literacy disorders, for parents and educators to utilize with children (or adults) who have trouble with reading comprehension. Many readers … Continue reading

Helpful Strategies to Develop or Improve Spelling As a school psychologist, I have worked with many children who have trouble with spelling. Common spelling mistakes include Using the wrong consonant (e.g., spelling cat as kat) Using the wrong vowel (e.g., spelling seat as seet) Leaving out … Continue reading

Math Problem Solving Strategies: Keywords, Relevant Information, Creating Visuals Many times children have trouble solving word problems because they do not know which operation (+, -,  X, ÷) to use to solve the problem.  When trying to figure out which operation to use, it is important to pay attention … Continue reading

Strategies to Help Children Learn Sight Words What Are Sight Words? Sight words are commonly used words in literature that young children are encouraged to remember and recognize just by looking at them, without sounding them out. Once a child learns all the sight words on … Continue reading

Teaching Proper Pencil Grip to Develop or Improve Handwriting When learning to write, some children have difficulty developing proper pencil grip. Holding a pencil with proper grip and strength can make a big difference in a child’s handwriting. Parents and teachers can use strategies to help children improve … Continue reading

A Great Place to Purchase Supplies to Support Kids’ Development! Discount School Supply® has over 6,000 products from over 25 different categories. The established leader in Arts & Crafts products, Discount School Supply also offers broad assortments in other categories, including Dramatic Play; Active Play; Infant & Toddlers; Furniture, … Continue reading

How to Prevent and Handle Temper Tantrums Preface This article illustrates ways for adults to change their own behaviors, in order to prevent and appropriately respond to temper tantrums. In my experience, adults who have or work with children with behavior challenges are often surprised to … Continue reading

78 Free IPAD Apps to Help With Learning, Behavior, and Language Development

The IPAD is an extremely useful tool for helping children develop skills. A variety of free apps are designed to help with learning, behavior, and/or language development. There are also several apps specifically created with children with autism in mind. I … Continue reading