5 Things you need to know about Social Skills Coaching

“In a world that is ever changing, there is one constant. As human beings, we need to communicate with each other. We need to be around others for many many reasons, including support, learning and most importantly a sense of belonging” (Ostovar, R & DiVittore, K. 2017). 5 things you need to know about Social […]

Picture A Conversation

With the increase in technology, our face to face communication has decreased over time. We are communicating more and more via text messages, email and through social media than we are with face to face communication. As a result, our ability to converse with others and stay attentive to specific topics is becoming more challenging. At […]

Activities That Teach Emotional Cues

Children and adults with varying developmental disabilities and/or social cognitive delays may have difficulty interpreting social and emotional cues. This reduced ability to interpret cues can significantly impact peer relationships and conversation with others. When an individual cannot discern whether a person is upset or happy with their response, their reaction may be considered unexpected, as […]

Social Thinking and Me: Thinksheets and a Kids Guidebook

  Social Thinking and Me is a two book set written by Linda K. Murphy and Michelle Garcia Winner that helps introduce older elementary and middle school students to Social Thinking. Whether you are just beginning to learn about Social Thinking or have been exposed to it for many years, this resource is invaluable for older students […]

Screen Time and how it affects social skills…

Does your child spend too much time on the screen? As a parent, I constantly feel torn with screen time and how to monitor it. What are the effects of too much screen time? I found an interesting study titled Five Days at outdoor education camp without screens improves preteen skills with nonverbal emotion cues […]

Gravitybread presents Julia Cook

I am thrilled to present an interview with Julia Cook, a children’s book author that I admire for her great work. I appreciate her dedication and passion for making children’s literature a tool to help children with varying needs and difficult situations including anxiety, ADHD, behavior issues, depression, social communication disorders and many other important topics. […]

Personal Space Camp

Do you have a child that doesn’t understand personal space? Many children who are both typical and have special needs struggle with giving others personal space. Many children who have ADHD or any social communication disorder may have difficulty with this concept of personal space and can struggle to learn why others are reacting negatively […]

Superflex takes on One-Sided Sid, Un-Wonderer and the Team of Unthinkables

Do you have a child that struggles with his or her social skills? Does your child have difficulty reading social cues from peers and/or adults? Does your child have trouble having engaging conversations with his or her peers?  If you answered yes to any of these questions,  I highly recommend this book by Social Thinking titled, Superflex […]

Sensitive Sam

Have a child with a sensory processing disorder? Sensitive Sam (ages 6 and up) by Marla Roth-Fisch is an excellent book to read during mealtime if you have a child with a sensory processing disorder and can be especially helpful for siblings of children with special needs, specifically sensory issues. This book is about a […]

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems is a funny and entertaining book to read to your child during snack time or mealtime. There is nothing like a chocolate chip cookie! The story is about a duck that interacts with the pigeon about the cookie. The duck tells the pigeon he just asked for […]

Manners at the Table

Do you ever get frustrated with your child’s manners at the table? Manners at the Table (ages 5 and up) may be a good book for you!  This colorful and simple book explains how to practice good manners at the table such as being polite, staying seated during the meal, washing hands before your meal […]

Meet Cheri Meiners, M. Ed., Author of the Series “Learning to Get Along”

I have the extreme pleasure and honor of interviewing Cheri Meiners, M. Ed. , author of the excellent series, “Learning to Get Along“. I first saw her books on Amazon about a year ago when looking for a good book on “telling the truth”. When I began introducing these books to my children, they enjoyed […]

Be Careful and Stay Safe

I wrote this post before I heard about the horrific tragedy that occurred at the Newton School in Connecticut. My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families. Sometimes, even in the places that we view the “safest” for our kids, events like this occur that are unthinkable. My heart feels heavy […]

Meet Melanie Potock, Producer of “Dancing in the Kitchen”

After writing the post, “Dancing in the Kitchen” I decided to contact Melanie Potock and ask her specific questions regarding her successful CD and what inspired her to produce “Dancing in the Kitchen”.   Upon listening to her CD, I was very confident that she would have inspiring and interesting information for parents.  I wanted to […]

One Lonely Sea Horse

  “One Lonely Sea Horse”  by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers (ages 3 and up) is a beautiful story about a sea horse named Bea. She is very sad that she doesn’t have any friends in the sea. This book takes you through a journey in the sea where she makes underwater friends as each […]

Eeboo Good Manners Cards

Eeboo Good Manners Flash Cards (ages 3 and up but you can easily introduce this to a child about 2.5 to 3) is an excellent game to play while having a meal with your children.  I originally bought these flashcards years ago to use with the teenagers that I see at work. I pulled these […]

How are you Peeling?

“How are you Peeling?”  (ages 4 and up) is a fun and educational book to read during mealtime. The photography is fascinating and the colors are vibrant.    The book focuses on emotions and asks many questions to the reader which helps facilitate conversation.  It discusses many emotions that are not very basic such as […]