Talking about Tolerance: “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” Campaign

Racially offensive costumes are more than a "trick" this Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, an opinion that I know I share with many children and teens. There is just something magical about the one day a year when you can wear whatever you want and not have Continue reading Talking about Tolerance: “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” Campaign

The Top Five Ways to Communicate With a Non-verbal Child

Supporting non-verbal children with communication skills

Some children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have difficulty in communicating verbally. As the parent, teacher or care-giver you may have an incredibly full day of communicating with your child, and we naturally develop ways of communicating which may sometimes eradicate Continue reading The Top Five Ways to Communicate With a Non-verbal Child

The iPad: A Whole New World For Many Autistic Children

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On October 23rd,  60 Minutes produced a segment outlining the huge strides many autistic children are taking by using Apple’s iPad to communicate and learn. The easy-to-use touch and swipe screen is opening up a new world that so many Continue reading The iPad: A Whole New World For Many Autistic Children

Classroom Management: Reconsidering Physical Classroom Structure

Think about different ways to arrange your students to change the conversation pattern in the classroom.

I went to graduate school at a small, state-funded Liberal Arts College in the State of New York. The program itself was rather large though, since graduate-level English courses were taken by people on a number of degree paths, education Continue reading Classroom Management: Reconsidering Physical Classroom Structure

Focus on EQ: Cultivating Relationships

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Cultivating.….according to the dictionary, it’s trying to acquire or develop something, like a quality or a new skill. What do you cultivate?  While I admit it’s not my favorite thing to do, sometimes I do cultivate my garden. I spend Continue reading Focus on EQ: Cultivating Relationships

Lack Of Consistency After Divorce Leads Some Teens To Alcohol, Marijuana Use

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In September, I was intrigued during a workshop with teens to hear that a lack of consistency after parental divorce had led a number of teens and their peers to start using pot and to start drinking. I conducted this Continue reading Lack Of Consistency After Divorce Leads Some Teens To Alcohol, Marijuana Use