$10 Dollar calm down box from dollar tree

Do you have a calm down box?

Our ABA practitioner suggested we make a calm down box a while ago.  I always meant to, but never got around to it because… life.  We started having issues at church, and a calm down box became an obvious answer.  Until now, I’ve had a make-shift Ziploc bag of whatever.  With my “Things to know about” sheet.

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How to transition back to homeschool after a break

Do you want to be able to take breaks, but don't know how to transition back to homeschool when the time comes? Little ones lose it? Here's what helps us...

Transition back to homeschool without losing it

Our first few days of homeschooling were a nightmare. Torn and crumpled papers thrown every which way. The tears were innumerable… and those were just mine. We started homeschooling after a long summer break with no idea of how to transition back to homeschool.  We had never heard anything about de-schooling or anything similar. This isn’t a post about de-schooling, but a few practical alternatives and tips for transitioning back in from a break.

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Resources for When Your Child is a Reluctant Reader

Encouraging you reluctant reader to read

I don’t think it’s any secret to close friends and family that my boys are a bit “lazy” when it comes to hard work.  Honestly, though, it’s not laziness, it’s mental fatigue.  They avoid mental work at all costs. Unpreferred activities make this a huge problem.
My oldest son is most likely hyperlexic.  He has been reading since an incredibly young age and has loved the imaginary world books open up to him.  My younger son, however, struggles with anything related to works and letters.  It’s still just not in his wheelhouse.  It’s work, not pleasure.

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Working With Reluctant Writers – week 3

Fine Motor Skills Problems in your reluctant writer

My own son has always battled with low muscle tone.  His low muscle tone was first pointed out to us during his initial Early Intervention evaluations.  He began seeing a feeding speech therapist, and that helped us loads.  His fine motor skills, however, have never made as much progress as we would like to see.  Finding workarounds is important for us when his hands are becoming exhausted, but we still need to get some learning in.  Below are some tips to help you with your homeschool writing journey.

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Leave out the stress and still RSVP “Yes”.

Photo: Jenny Herman

Social gathering with special needs kids

I suppose the degree to which social events are stressful for your family and children depends on their specific challenges and each event, but I think we are all dealing with it on a weekly if not daily basis.  My general thoughts on having a social life: I get so very darn lonely.  I crave having an adult friend to just shoot the breeze with.  Sigh, but the idea of meeting new people, giving disclaimers about my kids’ behaviors, wondering if they are going to have a meltdown…. Just thinking about having to make conversation is beyond exhausting.  I’d rather crawl back in a cave and get on Social media with other Autism mamas.  The thing is, this seems to be the exact same thing I hear from most of these other special needs moms!

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