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SUN News: Musical Chairs
Have you ever played the party game "Musical Chairs?" It's a simple little game where players walk around a circle of chairs while music plays. When the music stops, each person rushes to sit in a chair. The catch is that there aren't quite enough chairs--one person is left standing...
Creating Rich Sensory Experiences
By Thaashida L. Hutton, M.S., CCC-SLPSome children, including those with autism, may have difficulty dealing with different sensations within their bodies and from the environment. This is known as sensory integration dysfunction. Different sensory experiences include sight, sound, smell, taste,...
Teaching the Fundamentals of Grammar and Syntax at Home
by Becky L. Spivey, M.Ed.The formation of language begins at birth. A baby’s cries communicate the need for help and attention. The baby responds to a parent’s touch by calming down. Later, the baby begins to produce sounds that name or request familiar objects or family members; ba ba...
SUN News: Proactive Parents?
My husband and I try to be proactive parents! Although our children sometimes complain, they would tell you that they do not dislike us for it; in fact, during moments of honest reflection, they would likely tell you that it has earned us their respect. What is a proactive parent? A proactive...
Fun Feelings Activities
Recognizing your own feelings and identifying the feelings of others are foundation skills for developing more involved social skills such as learning to cope with feelings and responding appropriately to the feelings of others. Provide Multiple Examples: Feelings can be difficult to teach...
SUN News: The Benefits of Reaching Out to Others?
Many parents, school-workers, and employers carefully adapt tasks and environments to suit the strengths and challenges of their children, students, and employees. This adaptation enables people with unique challenges to be successful, similar to the way that their peers are able to be successful...
SUN News: Do you like them??
"I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better." I came across this quote recently, attributed to early American president Abraham Lincoln. Do you have someone in your life who fits this description? What can we do to understand--and possibly improve our...
Teaching Children to Understand and Respond to Feelings
Children often struggle not only with understanding their feelings, but also relating to other people’s feelings.  These skills are critical for personal well being and building relationships.  This article includes steps for teaching children to understand and manage their feelings...
Sun News: No One Size Fits All?
Social skills often masquerade as a "one size fits all" panacea for which we can develop and enforce a list of rules and regulations. But like a T-shirt that hangs on one person's frame or stretches to cover another, an approach based on listing and teaching "social skills" is likely to fall...
Blessed Are Those...
Blessed are those who take the time to listen to difficult speech, for you help me to know that if I persevere, I can be understood.Blessed are you who never bid me to hurry up or take my tasks from me, for my failures will be outweighed by the times I surprise myself and youBlessed are you who...

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