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May-Assertiveness Skills

May- Assertiveness Skills
Assertiveness skills are used to defend yourself in a respectful, non-violent manner. Being assertive is often referred to in reference to being bullied. Parents and teachers should teach these skills to young children so they are able to stand up for themself and make their feelings known if someone is picking on them. While this is a very good point it is not the only reason young children should learn assertiveness. At Don Earl we have an assertiveness group for students who may be shy or quiet all around. Our school social worker gives them the skills they need to find their voice within the daily activities of the classroom.
Some simple assertiveness skills to teach young children are keeping it cool, ignoring, and answering yes or no. Keeping it cool meaning teaching children about listening to their own emotions. If someone takes their toy away they may be angry at first. Teaching them to count to 5 and then politely ask the other child for their toy bac…

April-Using Visual Supports At Home

April-Using Visual Supports At Home
April is Autism awareness month so what better topic to discuss than using visual supports! Visual supports, such as, visual schedules are beneficial for children of all ages and abilities but are most commonly used with students on the  Autism spectrum. Using a visual schedule allows young children, especially those with limited verbal language to understand the daily expectations and routines. A visual schedule is made up of pictures in a child’s daily life. Using real pictures of the real people, places, and things in a child’s daily routine help them to organize and process expectations. Some children benefit from using a picture schedule to represent their entire day while others may benefit from smaller visual schedules used for specific times of their daily routine, such as, meal times. The great thing about picture schedules is you can make them as simple or as elaborate as you like. As long as it is benefiting the child. Involving the child …

March-Anxiety/Separation Anxiety

March-Anxiety/Separation Anxiety Anxiety- is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
Separation Anxiety- anxiety provoked in a young child by separation or the threat of separation from their mother.
There are many signs, physically, emotionally, and behaviorally that your child might display indicating they are experiencing anxiety. For a detailed list of those symptoms visit the website below.https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/managing-feelings/stress-anxiety/signs-your-young-child-might-be-struggling-with-anxiety
There many strategies available for adults incorporate with children experiencing anxiety. For example, creating clear expectations. This one seems to be the case when working with young children all around. Providing children experiencing anxiety with clear expectations allow them to take some of the worry out of the unknown.  Another strategy to use is to slow down. Children who are e…

February-Daily Routines

February-Daily Routines
Establishing daily routines are an important part of making early childhood learners successful both at home and in school. Routines do not need to be elaborate or take over your entire day. In fact, keeping routines simple and direct are more beneficial for young learners. Having daily routines provide young learners with the security of knowing what to expect. It eliminates the unknown and helps minimize behaviors. Most common routines start in the morning or evening. In my opinion, these are the parts of the day usually filled with the most stress for parents so setting simple, and direct expectations is important. For example, at bedtime first put on our pajamas, then brush our teeth, and then we get in bed and read two books. When we are finished we turn the lights out and go to sleep. Repeating this routine nightly becomes a routine everyone can follow.
School is another place young learners learn routine. It can be a hard adjustment in the beginning but e…

January- Bundling Up and Playing Outside

BUNDLING UP AND PLAYING OUTSIDE

The coldest winter months are upon us. Here is some information about why it is good to get outside for our little ones!

There are many benefits that come with playing outdoors, even when it is cold.

Your little ones get to see the outside world through a new lense! Increases in exercise and using different muscles Getting fresh air and avoiding bacteria New challenges and problem solving- motor planning and figuring out how to maneuver the terrain Vitamin D exposure

Some activities to do to introduce winter play to your little one:

Playing seek and find with items in the snow Spray paint art: fill spray bottles with water and food coloring and draw in the snow Target snowball: Hanga target on a tree or lean it up against something, and let the little ones take aim with a snowball Tic Tac Toe: use pine cones, twigs and sticks outside to make a grid and play tic tac toe Snowflake magnifying: use black construction paper and place snowflakes on it and look through the…

December- Family Traditions

Family Traditions: Why they are important and how to start a new one that sticks!
With the winter Holidays coming up, let’s take a minute to reflect on the traditions that we celebrate as a family….
Traditions are actions that we engage in again and again, rituals that we perform at the same time or in the same way. But remember not everyone practices the same traditions.
FAMILY TRADITIONS: Family traditions are important for the family to function as a cohesive unit. They provide members of families to feel a sense of inclusion and acceptance, identity, strengthen family bonds, teach values, offer comfort, connect generations, add seasonality to life, pass on cultural heritage and create memories.
HOW TO CREATE A NEW FAMILY TRADITION: Find a shared activity to partake in as a family. Make sure it is personal to your family. For example; taking your family down to a local soup kitchen and caring for others or creating a Holiday wreath together to hang in the house.
Remember to incorporate…

November-Teaching Selp-Help Skills at Home

Teaching Self-help Skills at Home

Taking Care of Self: Use a checklist to help your children know how to get ready in the morning Checklist to include: brushing teeth, getting dressed, making bed, getting backpack ready and eating breakfast

Personal Safety: Make sure children know what items are safe for them to interact with in the house- appliances/outlets/stairs Go over emergency/exit plans Have the conversation of who is okay for your children to greet/talk to- who is a stranger and who is not?
Caring for others: Introduce helping around the house Cleaning up after themselves Being nice/thoughtful to neighbors Taking care of pets in the house


Some extra resources to consider with the Holidays coming up!
http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2015/12/7-family-time-and-learning-tips-for-the-holidays/
https://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2012/12/12/13-holiday-survival-tips-for-your-child-with-special-needs/