Understanding Executive Function Disorder

Have you been told that your child has executive function disorder but you don’t really understand what that means? Problems with executive function can occur in people with ADHD, autism, and other learning challenges and be very frustrating for parents and caregivers to understand.

Is it Neurodiverse or Maladaptive Behavior?

There have been a lot of discussions lately about how we need to honor the neurodiverse brain. And how it just works differently. We are asked to let our children be neurodiverse without labeling their behavior as a problem. But some behaviors are problems. So how do we tell them apart and what do we do about them?

What is developmentally appropriate education for ages 3-7? 

Developmentally appropriate education is when a curriculum is designed to match what children are biologically—physically, mentally and emotionally—ready to learn. It meets children where they are, gives them plenty of play opportunities, and helps them grow and develop.

Special Needs Homeschooling – Homeschooling in Hard Mode

When you homeschool a child who has a learning disability, developmental delay or other challenges that make them different, homeschooling is much harder than it is for other parents.  It is like we are all playing the same game but the game is set to “hard mode.”

When Therapy Fails

There are two main reasons why therapy fails for most children. Both are things that can be addressed and corrected. Just because therapy is failing, doesn’t mean it is time to give up on it.

Finding Balance with Neurodiverse Children

As adults, we talk about things being “balanced” a lot. We want balanced meals, work-life balance, etc. Balance is all about having just the right amount of something. For some, finding balance comes naturally. But for the person who is neurodiverse, this whole idea makes no sense. Here’s why.

Overcoming Dyscalculia, One Day At a Time

When my daughter was in fourth grade, I realized that she has dyscalculia. To help her overcome her struggle, I had to learn a new way to teach math, one day at a time.

My Favorite Toys — Fidget Toys for Focus and Hand Strength

As an OT, I love the new interest in fidget toys. Many of them promote hand strength, increase a child’s ability to focus for longer and can even help you deal with stress. However, not all fidget toys work for everyone and some work better than others. Here is a list of some of my favorites and why.