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Yes children need a break, and so do parents, but an overabundance of unscheduled, unstructured time is apt to create anxieties that can lead to trouble. Children may welcome this retreat from teachers and books but it’s important to maintain a schedule that continues...

It’s always best to be prepared when troublemakers like Daylight Saving Time show up and cause interference at home. Being proactive and doing what you can to get back on track as soon as possible will help maintain a calm household before temperaments and behaviors ge...

EF is the ability to see the big picture – prioritize, sequence and plan ahead. When executive function skills are age appropriately developed it’s easier to be organized. When EF is not fully developed it can make tasks, like chores, doing homework or balancing a chec...

Everyone wants to experience a truly peaceful and joyous holiday but the ideal “picture perfect” image presented in film and print is often too unrealistic to achieve, especially if you do nothing but expect it will happen. The hustle and bustle, the bright lights, the...

All of your research and detective work will help you know when and where, and under what circumstances your child needs extra guidance, assistance and organizational structure. This crucial information will guide you to make the best organizing decisions possible to g...

When I tell parents they need to spend time teaching their children how to be organized I sometimes meet resistance. Some have told me that they are not an organized person and they really don’t want to be. I understand they like to fly by the seat of their pants but b...

Many people equate organization with extreme neatness and cleanliness, and therefore feel that they can never be organized. But organization has less to do with neatness and much more to do with patterns of activity.

Remember, ALL children thrive on predictability. Children with autism and sensory issues thrive better and experience less anxiety when they have a clear picture of what is expected. If they know what is going to happen this summer and when, life for everyone will be c...

Despite your best efforts to minimize change during the holidays and downplay the hype, your kids are being bombarded with holiday talk from friends at school, as well as media messages from businesses, television, and the Internet. Between the holiday hype, the confus...

None of us like to think about it but the possibility of a natural disaster or traumatic event exists for us all. Hurricanes, terrorist attacks, tornados or floods are devastating to all but especially to a child with special needs.

Why? Because it upsets routine and ma...

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