DIY Therapies

Speech Therapy For The Older Child

The first time my youngest son completed a speech and language assessment, he was four years old. I brought him in on the recommendation of his preschool teacher. At the end of testing, the Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) actually patted my hand as she said, “He’s fine. He’s young and still has a lot… Continue reading Speech Therapy For The Older Child

DIY Therapies · Homeschooling

Party Planning And Thank You Notes For Kids

I have plans to leave with a friend overnight later this summer. I seriously can’t wait. Time to just be a girl and sleep? I could cry right now just thinking about it. The only thing that I am dreading is leaving my son. He is already anxious about it. For weeks he has been… Continue reading Party Planning And Thank You Notes For Kids

Homeschooling

Seven Tips For Learning At Home This Summer (and during the school year too!)

We are mid-way through our summer. We have splashed in the water. We have played in the waves. We have gotten the mosquito bites. We are now fully in the swing of all of the summer things. I went into June with specific priorities for our summer learning this year. Keep a schedule (my kiddos… Continue reading Seven Tips For Learning At Home This Summer (and during the school year too!)

Homeschooling

How Online Homeschool Planning Is Saving My Sanity

I am a paper girl. There, I said it. I love notebooks. I love pens in every color. I love stationery stores. It’s no surprise that usually I buy a new paper planner each summer, as I begin planning for the upcoming school year. But the truth is, as my boys have gotten older, the… Continue reading How Online Homeschool Planning Is Saving My Sanity

Motherhood · The Explosive Child

The Long Obedience of Motherhood

My sweet son had a significant meltdown last night. Like for reals. It’s the first we’ve had at this level in a long time. Eventually, he was able to calm down enough to lie down with his service dog, Sammy. He cried, ran his hands over Sammy’s body and murmured to him for almost 30… Continue reading The Long Obedience of Motherhood

IEP · Learning Differences

Do Learning Accommodations Give My Son An Unfair Advantage?

As my son completed the neuropsychological evaluation, the doctor pulled me aside. “It’s difficult for us to get a full picture of his attention issues. He has learning accommodations in place that make things easy for him, but don’t work in the context of this test.” I took a deep breath. Then I took another… Continue reading Do Learning Accommodations Give My Son An Unfair Advantage?

Anxiety · DIY Therapies

How Do I Help My Anxious Child?

I stumbled across an old journal last week. It was for the year 2010 when my oldest son was six and my youngest, three. I read through it and smiled at all the cute sayings and sweet moments, grateful I had taken the time to record them. (I had completely forgotten that my little guy… Continue reading How Do I Help My Anxious Child?