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Easy Halloween Craft: Cookie Cutter Painting

submitted by kidspeak

Halloween will be here very soon! One of our favorite parts of Halloween is the fun art projects. Although kids love art, sometimes the activities can be a little overwhelming with a lot of steps, a lot of materials or just super complicated. Here is a fun and easy art project that you can do at home with friends, with family or alone to help get you and your little one in the Halloween mood!
Materials
-White paper
-Halloween cookie cutters
-Paper plate
-Tempera paint: white, yellow and/or orange
-Visuals


Social Success at Birthday Parties

submitted by kidspeak

With the new school year it is likely that your mailbox or your child’s backpack is being filled with birthday party invitations from their classmates. Fun, yes. But this doesn’t always mean smooth sailing for our children. Birthday parties can be challenging for our kids as they are held at all sorts of different locations, have different activities at each party, can be filled with loud unfamiliar sounds, unfamiliar routines, some of our not so favorite foods and have specific social expectations.


Home Programming - Teaching Emotions

submitted by kidspeak

We all have an optimal state for learning and processing information. Some of us have naturally high arousal and some of us have naturally low arousal. As adults, we automatically regulate our emotions and sensory needs and typically don’t even realize it. If we are feeling low, we may have an extra cup of coffee in the morning. If we are feeling stressed, we may twiddle our hair, listen to classical music, take some deep breaths or take a quiet break. Children with autism may have a difficult time doing this. It is challenging for them to understand their emotions and their bodies.


Stay Tuned For the Fall

submitted by kidspeak

KidSpeak is taking a break from blogging to wrap up the rest of the summer semester, to prepare for the new school year and to spend some time with family and friends. We will be back in September with lots of new material to help you prepare for the holidays and for keeping your child social during the fall!


Getting Potty Trained Before School

submitted by kidspeak

Many parents are hustling to get their kids fully potty trained before the new school year starts. We wanted to revisit our potty training blog and provide some helpful tips for accomplishing that goal.


Summer Play Dates

submitted by kidspeak

Summer is a fun time to be a kid. You are out of school and it’s time to play! But summer can be a difficult time if you are a babysitter or a stay at home mom or dad. You have to fill each and every day with activities and you are faced with the challenge of how to keep things fun and entertaining for the both of you. Let us help you do just that!


Art and the SCERTS Model

submitted by kidspeak

When you walk into Parent Teacher Night what is one of the first things you see? Art! There are art projects on the walls, on the bulletin boards and more. Art is a part of each child’s life from preschool to high school and for some they continue this passion into their adult life.


If Only Life Was a Musical

submitted by kidspeak

Everyone likes at least one genre of music if not several. As adults music can serve many different purposes. We listen to music because we like it. It can help with our emotional states….music can calm us down and decrease our stress. Music can pep us up and get our energy going. Music can help us focus on important tasks. Music can be a social outlet. Music can also help us learn. This is the same for children.


A Play Date Filled Summer!

submitted by kidspeak

It’s summer! Summer is a fun time to be a kid. You are out of school and now it’s time to play! But summer can be a difficult time if you are a babysitter or a stay at home mom or dad. You now have to fill each and every day with activities and you are faced with the challenge of how to keep things fun and entertaining for the both of you. Let us help you do just that! Each week we post new ideas on our facebook page from activities to free outings http://www.facebook.com/kidspeak.


How much longer?

submitted by kidspeak

Is change hard for your child? Do they become upset when things within their daily routines change? Do they question you, “When are we going…..”, “Why are we……”, “How much longer….”, etc? With summer approaching we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a transactional support that may help your family: countdown calendars. Countdown calendars can help you and your child alleviate some of the stress that you may encounter throughout the year. The idea of a countdown calendar is to help your child understand when an event is going to happen.


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