Tom’s Special Talent

Do you have a child with a language based learning disability that struggles with reading and writing? Does your child have a diagnosed reading disability such as Dyslexia? If so, Tom's Special Talent by Kate Gaynor at Special Stories can be an excellent book to have in your personal library. This book is also excellent for typical readers because … [Read more...]

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 takes … [Read more...]

Great Bike Giveaway: Enter To Win a Free Adaptive Bike!

Do you remember the freedom you felt, the confidence you gained, the pride you had when you received your first bike? The Great Bike Giveaway will help give children with special needs the same feeling you had when that shiny new bike arrived at your home. For the forth consecutive year Friendship Circle is holding the Great Bike Giveaway, a … [Read more...]

Reading and Intellectual Disabilities: What the research says…..

For this month of Research Tuesday, I wanted to share a research article that discusses reading instruction with children diagnosed with an Intellectual Disability (ID). In my many years as a speech language pathologist, I have seen many children and adults diagnosed with ID who struggle with reading for several different reasons (e.g. never … [Read more...]

Jake Starts School

Has your child ever attached themselves to your leg and it felt impossible to remove them? Jake Starts School by Michael Wright is a funny and sweet tale of a boy named Jake who is anxious about leaving his parents to start school. He is so anxious he actually clings to his parents so tight they can't pry him off! He can't do anything in school … [Read more...]

The Princess Panda Tea Party: A Cerebral Palsy Princess Tale

The Princess Panda Tea Party: A Cerebral Palsy Princess Tale is a sweet story of a young girl with Cerebral Palsy, who fulfills her dream of winning a scholarship despite her physical limitations. Michelle lives in an orphanage with many other girls who are unkind to her, which makes her feel isolated and dis-empowered. One night when Michelle … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Elizabeth Sautter

I  am thrilled to present Elizabeth Sautter, co author of Whole Body Listening Larry at School and Whole Body Listening Larry at Home. Elizabeth is a speech language pathologist who is also the co-director/co-owner of Communication Works (cwtherapy.com), a private practice in Oakland, California, offering speech, language, social, and occupational … [Read more...]

10 “Grown Up” Sensory Activities for an Older Child and/or Teenager

Do you have an older child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? Do you need some fresh ideas for your older child to help meet their sensory needs? Finding ideas of sensory activities for a young child is pretty easy because there are so many resources out there. However, many of these activities are not appropriate for an older child, … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Use The Thinkables and Unthinkables Double Deck

Do you want to work on social skills with your child?   This activity is not only for children with special needs, but also excellent for children who are typical. Figuring out social rules is tough and with a parents guidance, it can really help a child.  The  Thinkables & Unthinkables Double Deck is an excellent teaching tool used for … [Read more...]

About Temple Grandin

Do you have a child with autism? Do you know a child or adult with Autism? When writing about autism, the name Temple Grandin comes up again and again. Who is Temple Grandin? Temple Grandin is an accomplished author, autism advocate and presenter. What makes her perspective unique? She has Autism and explains it in a way that others can begin to … [Read more...]

How To Make Cooking a Sensory Experience

Does your child have sensory issues? Do you have a child with special needs? Do you want to make cooking interesting and engaging for your child? I recently read an interesting article published in the Sensory Focus Magazine. The article discussed how sensory enrichment therapy decreased autistic behaviors in children with Autism. After six … [Read more...]

I Like Birthdays…It’s the parties I’m not sure about!

Do you have a child with sensory issues that has trouble enjoying birthday parties? Has your child ever been overwhelmed at a birthday party or you had to leave because it's too much noise, stimulation, etc? Speaking from a parent's perspective, birthday parties have definitely been a challenge in my past. Birthday parties that are loud and … [Read more...]

Once Upon An Accommodation

Do you have an older school aged child who needs accommodations in the school setting? I received this book, Once Upon an Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities by Nina G a couple of months ago. I passed this book along to my close friend, Lisa Berey who is a social worker who works with older children who might benefit from a book … [Read more...]

3 Picture Books for World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. With the prevalence of Autism climbing at alarming rates, it's important to not only support those with autism but also increase awareness. It is important to educate all children on what Autism is and how it can affect a child. I have worked with children and adults with Autism for almost fifteen years and … [Read more...]

It’s Haircut Time

Do you have a child with sensory issues? If you do, you may understand the challenge of getting your child a haircut. For many children with sensory issues, haircuts can be difficult and extremely uncomfortable. It's Haircut Time written by Michele Griffin is about a young boy who overcomes his fear of haircuts. The little boy describes the … [Read more...]

The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy (ages K-2nd Grade) by Trudy Ludwig is a powerful story of a young boy who struggles to fit in and as a result, feels " invisible". The Invisible Boy  is powerful in many ways and can teach a child valuable lessons about treating others with kindness and respect. The symbolism in this book is beautiful and should be a part of any … [Read more...]

My Friend Suhana

My Friend Suhana is a children’s book about a young girl’s friendship with a girl named Suhana who has Cerebral Palsy. This book written by Shaila Abdullah and her 10 year old daughter, Aanyah, is engaging and well illustrated. The pictures are colorful, and the text is simple enough to be read to a child age 5 and up. The book is written from a … [Read more...]

Wonder

Powerful and memorable. These are the best ways to describe Wonder by R.J. Ralacio. I rarely review books that are not picture books, but this book is like no other. Wonder was written for children ages 6 to 12 years old, but is also very appropriate for adults to read. I read this within 3 or 4 days and LOVED it. Wonder is about a boy named … [Read more...]

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets

Do you have a child with ADHD? Does your child have problems sitting and paying attention in class? Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have The Wiggle Fidgets  (ages 6 and up) by Barbara Esham is an excellent book to have in your home library and can be quite important in a school library as well. I love this book because it explains the symptoms of an … [Read more...]

Superflex, a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum

Does your child like super heroes? Does your child need some help with their social skills and flexible thinking? Superflex, A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum is a "curriculum that can provide a teaching tool to help children learn about their social behavior and strategies on how to regulate it".  A great precursor to this book is You are a … [Read more...]

Josh’s Smiley Faces

Josh's Smiley Faces, A Story about Anger  by Gina Ditta-Donahue is an ideal book to read to a child that is experiencing frequent temper tantrums due to anger. Read this book during a relaxing time, such as mealtime. The book is about a little boy named Josh who gets angry often. He gets angry when his brother wants to play with his toy, when a … [Read more...]

Gravitybread presents Kari Dunn Buron

I am proud and excited to present Kari Dunn Buron, author of When My Worries Get Too Big, A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety. The second edition has just been released this year and provides additional carryover activities. Kari Dunn Buron taught in K-12 with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years. She developed an Autism … [Read more...]

When My Worries Get Too Big

Does your child ever get anxious?  For us as parents, anxiety may be getting upset by yelling, crying or talking about how stressed we are. For children, especially those with special needs, anxiety may be expressed in different ways.  As a parent and a therapist I have seen anxiety come out in different ways. For a child who has fine motor delays, … [Read more...]

Whole Body Listening Larry at School

Do you have a child who has difficulty following directions and listening? Whole Body Listening Larry at School is an excellent book to teach the concept "whole body listening" and following directions within the school setting. The story begins with two new students attending school named Luka and Leah. Luka and Leah have trouble listening and … [Read more...]

Yoga for Children with Special Needs DVD

Have a child with special needs? Have you ever thought about trying yoga? I never tried it because I have been always intimidated by the class setting.  I didn't know how my own children would react which I think many parents can relate to. Yoga for Children with Special Needs DVD is a great way to introduce your child with special needs to … [Read more...]

Whole Body Listening Larry at Home!

Does your child ever have trouble listening? I think every parent runs into this issue. Whole Body Listening Larry at Home which is written by two speech language pathologists is an ideal book to discuss whole body listening. I loved this book because the illustrations are so vibrant and engaging and the text is easy for a young child to understand … [Read more...]

Zach Gets Frustrated

Does your child get frustrated easily? If you have a child with ADHD (or any related disorder)  that gets frustrated very easily this can be an excellent book to read during mealtime or any quiet time. Zach Gets Frustrated by William Mulcahy is about a little boy named Zach who gets frustrated because his kite can't fly properly. As a result of his … [Read more...]

In-Sync Activity Cards

Does your child have trouble sitting down at meals? Does your child also have sensory processing issues? If so, check out these In-Sync Activity Cards that are made for children with sensory processing issues. I think many parents struggle to have their child sit down at a meal especially those who have hyperactive children with  sensory processing … [Read more...]

Picky, Picky Pete

Picky, Picky Pete is a children's book about a boy with a sensory processing disorder. Pete's mom struggles each morning to get Pete dressed and ready for school. Many challenges arise such as itchy tags, gooey soap and touch sensitivity that interfere with the morning routine. I think many moms can relate to this book because most of us find it … [Read more...]

My Friend with Autism

My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop is a wonderful book to help raise awareness of autism. This book is an excellent tool to teach your children about what autism is, including the strengths and challenges. The illustrations and language in the book are simple enough for an older preschool child and/or kindergartener to understand.  However, … [Read more...]

Louder, Lili

I recently found Louder, Lili at my local library. After reading this book several times to my children during mealtime, I really wanted to share it on my blog because I think it has a very important message. Being a bit of doormat myself when I was growing up, I found this book to be very helpful for anyone who is shy and has trouble speaking up … [Read more...]

Ellie Bean: The Drama Queen

Is your little girl a drama queen? I think many of us feel like our little girls can be very dramatic at times.  Ellie Bean the Drama Queen is about a young girl who has sensory processing difficulties that cause her to get upset often and be very dramatic. These dramatic behaviors can be caused by a simple tag in her shirt itching her, the flush … [Read more...]

You are a Social Detective!

Do your children ever have trouble reading social cues and understanding what makes people upset or happy?  Make your children social detectives! You are a Social Detective! by Social Thinking Publishers is a book  that is appropriate for ages 5 and up and ideal for reading during mealtime. I love this book because it begins with explaining in … [Read more...]

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 little boy named Sam who … [Read more...]

Eating Safely

I discovered this app, Eating Safely a couple of weeks ago when searching for a functional app to help teach safety in the kitchen. This life skills app helps guide children through step by step instructions in preparing meals and using appliances in the kitchen safely. Since my little one loves to "help" with the dishwasher, I reviewed the steps … [Read more...]

Dewey Doo-it Helps Little Owlie Fly Again

My son brought Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again by Brahm Wenger home one day from his school library. What an amazing book about teaching children about paralysis! I love any story that can teach a child a complicated topic such as this one. I have always been a fan of Christopher Reeves, not only before his accident but especially after. I … [Read more...]

I See-quence…The Grocery Store

Do you ever have difficulty bringing your child to the supermarket? I See-quence....The Grocery Story ($2.99) by igetitapp.com is a functional and educational app that can help children and adolescents understand the process of visiting the grocery store while making it an enriching and productive experience.   Most children go to the grocery store … [Read more...]

Mama Zooms

Do you want to teach your child about people with disabilities? This book is about a boy's adventure with his mother who has a physical disability. In her wheelchair, they can conquer space, zoom through tunnels, drive like race car drivers and much more. I love using mealtime as a perfect opportunity to discuss various topics, including  people … [Read more...]

Cool in School

Cool in School by Super Duper Publications is a fun and educational game to play with both preschool and school aged children. It is an easy and fun way to work on improving social skills with peers and adults.  I co-authored this game and use it often with the students that I work with as well as my own preschool aged children. The game targets … [Read more...]