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Summer 2014 Learning Lab Group Program

Summer 2014 Learning Lab Group Program

Access to Better Communication is offering a Learning Lab group program for the summer 2014. This group will work to create better learners and students by using visual strategies to develop improved executive functioning, reading, and writing while interacting with peers in a small group setting. Executive Functioning (E.F.) represents a group of skills that an individual uses to better focus on and process multiple sets of information at the same time and revise plans as necessary. Students who have E.F. deficits (also referred to as Executive Dysfunction) demonstrate weaknesses in areas including writing, organization, time management, initiation of tasks, and planning, which impact overall academic performance and activities of daily living.

Focused topics will include:

  • Initiation/planning for writing: We have discovered that many students with E.F. challenges have difficulty when assigned a writing task. “Getting started” can sometimes be the hardest part. These students struggle with reading a prompt, steps for prewriting, developing outlines, and writing the introduction.
  • Self-awareness and monitoring in group tasks: By participating in a small group setting, we are able to incorporate aspects of “Social Thinking®” with these traditionally “academic only” students. The students will learn how to monitor one’s self for “time robbers,” how to participate cooperatively in a group, and how to monitor one’s own attention to group discussions and projects. Many teachers are reporting this to be a tough skill for students, particularly those with EF difficulties who also have a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.
  • Time management/organization for long-term projects and group tasks: Time management skills will be targeted through small group and individual tasks, as well as project planning. Students will learn how to estimate the amount of time it takes to complete an assignment, break the assignment into smaller steps, and execute those steps within a deadline so that they may complete assignments and projects from start to finish.
  • Reading comprehension and note taking: Students will learn to improve reading comprehension through strategies such as “visual mapping,” “information chunking,” “if/then thinking,” and summary writing. Students with E.F. weaknesses often have difficulty being concise and narrowing in on the most important information.

In summary, ABC’s Learning Lab group program is an opportunity for students to develop greater independence, organization, and time management skills over the summer that will be applicable in the academic setting. Opportunities for further enhancing these skills throughout the school year will be discussed at the end of this 8 week program.

For more information regarding ABC’s Learning Lab group program, please contact Kelli Renfro, Speech-Language Pathologist at (225) 930-0208 or email her directly at kelli@abclouisiana.com.

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Curious What a Speech Pathologist Does? Find Out Here!

Curious What a Speech Pathologist Does?  Find Out Here!

If you’re wondering if your child would benefit from seeing a speech therapist or a speech pathologist you’ve come to the right place. A good place to start is knowing exactly what they do. In order to help you out we’ve found this article. We hope it helps you make the best decision for you and your child!

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What Does a Speech Language Pathologist Do?
Raising a kid with special health and developmental needs can seem daunting! Often, we come home from the NICU with a list of follow-up appointments to make, screenings to do and specialists to see. Each month Hand to Hold will talk to a different therapist, specialist or provider to learn more about them and what they do. This month we talked with Anne Boon M.S. CCC-SLP.

What is your title and what was your program of study?
I am a Speech Language Pathologist. I have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. You may see these initials after my name, M.S (Masters of Science), CCC (Certificate of Clinical Competence), SLP (Speech Language Pathologist).

What sort of licensing and certification do practitioners in your field go through?
The requirements for becoming a Speech Language Pathologist are to complete undergraduate course work in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a two year Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology. After graduating with a Master’s degree you are required to sit for the Praxis exam (equivalent to a Board Exam) and required to complete a Clinical Fellow Year (9 months to a year) in order to acquire your Certificate of Clinical Competence.

What does a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) do?
A Speech Language Pathologist – also referred to as a “Speech Therapist” -provides evaluations and remediation of a variety of disorders and/or delays. Some include:

  • articulation disorders
  • cognitive impairments or delays
  • social language use or pragmatic disorders
  • expressive and receptive language impairments or delays
  • fluency/stuttering
  • voice disorders
  • auditory processing disorder
  • oral motor and oral feeding issues
  • dysphagia (swallowing)

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Not sure if your child needs a speech therapist? Then checkout this article about if my child needs a speech therapist that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://handtohold.org/resources/meet-the-provider/what-does-a-speech-language-pathologist-do/

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Have a Preschooler With ADHD? Learn Non-Medication Treatment Options Here!

Having a child with ADHD is hard. Having a young child makes it even harder. If you’re not ready to make the jump to medication then you’ve come to the right place. We found this article with non-medication treatment options. We hope it helps both you and your preschooler!

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While ADHD is most often diagnosed in school-aged children, it can be diagnosed in children as young as three.

Of course we expect all preschoolers to be active — more inclined to run around than to sit still. And we expect them to be impulsive — prone to doing things without thinking about the consequences. But some kids are extemely active — parents typically describe them as “bouncing off the walls” — and they’re so impulsive they’re extraordinarily difficult to manage.

These children may have ADHD, and early diagnosis and treatment can help them rein in impulsive behavior that’s causing problems for them, and their families. They can get along better with other kids and be able to participate in activities appropriate for their age. But it’s important to know that the recommended first-line treatment for preschoolers with ADHD is different from what’s recommended for older kids.

ADHD experts and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that behavioral therapy is the preferred treatment for preschoolers with ADHD, and that stimulant medication should be considered only if behavioral therapy isn’t available or hasn’t worked. It can also also be considered if the child or the family is at risk of serious harm.

Behavioral treatment for ADHD
Parent training for behavioral management techniques is the recommended treatment for preschoolers with ADHD. Through these programs, parents learn how to more effectively shape the behavior of young children, and the children usually show marked improvement in their ability to comply with direction and rein in their impulsivity.

Why parent training, rather than therapy delivered directly to the child? Dr. Adesman explains that children are often referred for play therapy, but this is not a very helpful intervention for ADHD. “At its worst it’s like an expensive play date. At its best it’s a well-intentioned intervention that doesn’t have any evidence to support it.” What families should be pursuing is parent training in behavior management techniques.

“Intuitively one would think that if the child has the problem, the therapy should be focued on the child. The reality is that, while it’s the child who has the problem, what we want to do is change the environment so we can set the child up for success. And that typically involves working with parents and teachers,” he explains. “If a child has allergies — the problem is with the child but the solution is in working with the environment. You might get rid of the carpet or the drapes or find a new home for the cat. We can do things with the environment to help kids behave better.”

These programs teach parents how to use praise, or positive reinforcement, to promote the behaviors they want to encourage. And parents are taught to deliver consistent consequences when kids don’t comply. The result is that kids learn to modulate their behavior to meet expectations and the family conflict can be reduced, sometimes dramatically.

Programs that have shown evidence of effectiveness include:

– Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
– Parent Management Training (PMT)
– Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
– The Incredible Years

Dr. Stein notes that the preschool years are the “sweet spot” for parent training, when evidence shows that it can have the most effect. “I always tell parents, you know, now is the ideal time. You don’t want to be dealing with a noncompliant 15- or 16-year-old.”

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Looking for more ways to treat ADHD without medication? Checkout this article about medication free adhd that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: https://childmind.org/article/preschoolers-and-adhd/

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Toddler Bored? Try These Activities!

Finding activities to entertain toddlers can be a challenge since their attention span isn’t the best. In order to help you out we found this article with 25 different ideas to try. We hope that your toddler will enjoy these new activities and that they will help you maintain your sanity!

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Keep your toddler busy this summer with a summer bucket list! Here is a round-up of 25 fun activities to keep your little one busy during the hots months of summer. Say no to bored and yes to fun!

Masking Tape Race Track:
Tape_Race_TrackDIY Sprinkler:
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With a plastic bottle and a drill, create a DIY sprinkler. Your toddler will love running thru the water, perfect for cooling off.

Air Fort: Make this for the toddlers? I want to do this for me! How fun is this! Using a sheet, packaging tape and a fan make an air fort for your kids.

Water Pinatas: Hang filled water balloons from a play structure and watch as your toddlers pop them.

Outdoor Twister:
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Take Twister outdoors. What a great way to teach toddlers their colors as well.

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Looking for ways to promote communication with your toddler? Checkout this article about toddler communication that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: https://www.babble.com/toddler/25-fun-toddler-activities-for-the-summer-bucket-list/

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Toddlers Always Wanting to Help Around the House? Learn Ways They Can Help Out Here!

Toddlers are curious creatures. They love to make our lives crazy and be incredibly loving and helpful. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with ideas on how best to have them help around the house. In order to help you out we found this article with 11 different chore ideas. We hope they help!

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It is sometimes easy to underestimate the abilities of our children, especially when they are toddlers. It is easy to just do everything for them. I get that. Letting them do stuff themselves is definitely the hard way but it is not the best way to raise responsible and independent people. Getting your toddler involved in chores can be an important step in developing responsible and independent behaviour. It’s also a good way to help your child build positive self-esteem knowing they have not only contributed to the family and household, but that you also trust them to do a good job. That’s why I’ve come with a few chores your toddler can do all by themselves.

Keep in mind that your toddler is not an adult. Do not expect perfection and remember to praise and encourage your child as they are working rather than waiting for them to finish.

Pick Up Toys
Your toddler is definitely capable of picking up their own toys each day. Because your toddler is the one making the mess, it’s important that they are also the ones to pick up those toys, making picking up toys a great chore to start your toddler with. This will help your toddler become more organized and you’ll love not stepping on Legos on your way to the bathroom.

Wash Produce
Sit your toddler at the sink and have them rinse off your produce as you prep your meals. This is a fun way to keep them occupied while you cook.

Wipe Door Handles
Your toddler is the perfect height for this fun chore! If this chore is on your toddler’s to-do list, then hand them a Clorox wipe and let them run around wiping all of the door knobs off. Not only will your child be responsible for a weekly chore, they’ll also be ridding your home of a lot of germs. It’s a win-win for any mom.

Make their Bed
Don’t forget to add your child’s bed to the chore list. This is a great daily chore that you can assign to your toddler. Simply have your toddler make their own bed before leaving the bedroom. To do this, your toddler will need to straighten the pillows and pull the blanket up over the pillows. Not only is this a good chore to teach your child responsibility, it’s also a great habit to learn.

Wash Dirty Dishes
Your toddler will love this job between the bubbles and the water. Get them to wash up and dry any non-breakable dishes such as plastic cups, spoons, pots etc..

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Looking for ways to improve your toddler’s behavior? Checkout this article about toddler behavior that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.frugalmomeh.com/2015/04/5-chores-toddlers-can-do.html

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Looking for More Information on Autism and Stimming? Start Here!

Stimming is a term that not everyone is possibly familiar with but what it is most parents are probably aware of. In order to help you out we found this article all about autism and stimming. We hope it can help you with your autistic child!

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Everyone has a stim.

I play with my hair while chatting with a friend.

Maybe you bite your nails when you’re nervous or bored.

You may tap your fingers or pencil on a desk while you’re thinking.

I once knew someone who chewed on sticks of cinnamon bark, and I’ve noticed some who move their eyes in an unusual way.

I can recognize certain people from far away just by their distinctive movements. We all know someone who has an annoying stim like cracking their knuckles every 5 minutes or repeating a phrase over and over; or a socially unacceptable stim such as nose-picking or biting oneself.

The Definition of Stim
The word stim is short for self-stimulation. It is most commonly associated with autism. My son’s neurologist calls it “autistic stereopathy.” It is also sometimes called “stereotypy.”

The DSM-5 includes stimming as part of the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder: “Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech.” It also says, “Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.” That is the difference between autistic stimming and typical stimming: When the stimming interferes with everyday activities and prevents learning, it is often a symptom of autism.

The Wrong Question
“How do I stop the stim?” That’s usually the first question parents ask when a young child discovers stimming. But it’s the wrong question.

First of all, no one can stop self-stimulatory behavior completely, because everyone does it anyway! Secondly, even if one stim can be removed, it will be replaced by another — and the next stim may be less preferable that the current one.

The most important reason not to eradicate stimming is that you may cause your loved one to withdraw more and more, and lose your opportunity to encourage healthy interactions.

Reasons to Reduce Stimming
Self-stimulation can interfere with learning, interpersonal relationships and social situations. Some types of self-stimulation are self-harming and may lead to infections or require surgical repair.

Self-stimulation may also be a symptom of an ongoing medical problem such as migraines which a person with a disability may be unable to verbalize.

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Looking for strategies for autism? Checkout this article about autism strategies that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: https://childmind.org/article/autism-and-stimming/

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Have a Child Dealing With Anger Issues? Get Help Here!

Everyone deals with anger from time to time. It’s the severity and the frequency of it that can determine if it’s really a problem or not. In order to help you help your child we found this article that discusses how yoga might help. We hope it helps you and and your child!

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My daughter’s anger shocks me. And quite frankly, since becoming a parent, my own temper shocks me, too.

I grew up in a happy-go-lucky family household where being happy was expected. So my daughter’s intense emotions often catch me off guard. My first reaction to her outbursts is to want to make the screaming stop.

But, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to help my daughter manage her intense emotions and teach her to self-regulate in a way that honors her feelings without suppressing her personality. We’ve read books on anger, and now I’m exploring how yoga can help us both in this journey of managing big emotions.

So, today, let’s imagine our children using yoga poses and the power of their breath to release their anger. Teach this yoga sequence below when you and your child are both calm and happy. Once you are both comfortable with this anger-reducing yoga sequence, it’ll be easier to go through the flow of the yoga postures when you start to feel the signs of anger.

Yoga research has proven to help us move from our amygdala (fight-or-flight response) to our prefrontal cortex (regulating emotions and problem-solving), so that we are able to think more clearly and make good choices. Our ultimate goal is to help our children (and ourselves) to regulate big emotions before we hurt ourselves or our loved ones mentally or physically.

5 Yoga Poses for Kids to Calm Angry Feelings
Join us for a pretend journey to the African safari through these animal yoga poses, which are specifically ordered to invite flow from one pose to the next. To start, clear a space to avoid any obstacles and practice barefoot (if possible). Don’t worry if you haven’t tried yoga before; just jump in and give it a go. Practicing perfectly aligned poses is not the focus here. The point is to release anger through movement. Adapt these yoga poses to suit your needs to make the experience your own.

PLANK POSE – Pretend to be a crocodile.
From Downward-Facing Dog Pose, shift forward to balance on your palms and on your bent toes in a plank position. Keep your arms straight and your back long and flat. Pretend to be a crocodile gliding through the water. Stay in this position for a few breaths to build heat in your body. Try a breathing practice of inhaling for three counts and exhaling for three counts. On every exhale, imagine releasing your anger. Feel your body calming down.

RESTING POSE – Pretend to be a lion.
When you’re ready, lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out (or in a fetal position), like a lion. Breathe and rest. Try a lion’s breath by sticking your tongue out on an exhale. Relax your entire body. Stay in this position as long as you feel comfortable.

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Looking for more ways to deal with anger management? Checkout this article about anger management that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://lemonlimeadventures.com/5-simple-ways-help-children-calm-angry-feelings-yoga-free-printable/

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Looking to Buy New Home Decor on a Budget? Get Ideas Here!

Making decor updates to your home can be really pricey. In order to help you out we found this article with home decor ideas while on a budget. We hope it helps you make your home just as you’d always hoped!

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It seems like sometimes we get so busy in life that our homes become one of two things: the place where we work everyday (and never leave) or the place we come home to at night to eat, clean and sleep in. Days, months and years go by. Our kids (or pets) stain, rip, bump, destroy or beat the crap out of whatever nice home accessories and furniture we have. This scenario as well as other expenses in life can make it hard to justify buying (or replacing) ornamental home decor. However, deep down most of us want to live in spaces that make us feel relaxed, happy, cozy. We want them to be welcoming to our guests. I know I do (that’s why I have 572 Pinterest Pins for inspiration)! But I struggle because I feel like anything nice I would buy would get jacked up minutes after entering our house of 3 kids and a Beagle. Honestly, our spaces are what bring us more satisfaction and comfort in life so I’ve decided that from this point forward I’m going to shop at the thriftiest places to buy new home decor. That way when my son smears strawberry yogurt all over my rug, I don’t have a panic attack, yell or cry. I just grab my upholstery cleaner, knock out the stain and move on.

Shop at the Thriftiest Places to Buy New Home Decor

Target
Target is my favorite store hands down. I don’t always find their home decor to be super cheap but you can’t beat their clearance prices on decorations. Always go down the back aisle behind the rows so that you see the end-caps of the aisles in each department. These are the spots that you will find frames, art, towels, curtains, bedding, wall hangings, furniture, lamps and trinkets discounted all the time.

I got my curtains & pillows from Target but I used 3 things to get them much cheaper.

1. Cartwheel had an app that was 25% off the price of curtains.

2. I had a cash register coupon for $5 off a $25 home decor purchase.

3. I had received my 5% pharmacy reward shopping day coupon.

4. I used my Red Debit card for 5% off my purchase.

5. The pillows came in a 2 pack for $25.99 on sale + I used a coupon from the Target website.

Hobby Lobby
This isn’t about DIYing your own decor, even though you could at Hobby Lobby. In general Hobby Lobby has some of the nicest home decor I’ve seen and they have it to match every style. I’ve decorated most of my house from my husbands man cave, to my shabby chic office to my son’s toddler room with items found at this store. The beauty is that pretty much anytime you go in there you will find home decor 40-50% off whatever the tag says. If not, they ALWAYS have a 40% off coupon on the website. Here are some things you could easily find at a reasonable cost at Hobby Lobby:

– Decorative knobs for drawers, cabinets and furniture
– Wall hangings and art
– Lamps
– Picture Frames
– Decorative and Storage Baskets
– Furniture

Thrifty Tip– They also regularly clearance home decor at 80-90% off. It’s usually 1-2 whole rows of stuff. Just look for the signs or ask a store employees where you can find those aisles.

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Looking for information on organizing your entire home? Checkout this article about organizing home that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://thriftylittlemom.com/2014/08/07/thriftiest-places-buy-new-home-decor/

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Parenting and at the End of Your Rope? Get Help Here!

Parenting is hard work. Anyone who says it isn’t is lying. Every parent gets to the end of their rope now and again. In order to help you out when that describes you we found this article with some tips. We hope they help!

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It can happen to the best of us.

We’re only human, after all.

Problems at work. Problems at school. Problems at home. Problems with our children’s behavior or health.

Of course problems are a fact of life, but when they pile on and stress piggybacks with them, it can be a real recipe for becoming weary, burdened, and at the end of your rope. I’ve been there myself more times than I’d like to remember. Some of those times I was able to muster the energy and courage to climb back up the rope. And other times, well, this was my mantra.

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

Keep Going Knots
Sometimes at the end of our ropes, there’s nothing we can do but keep going. At risk of using too many quotes…

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Sometimes we’re feeling weary, but we see our destination ahead. Perhaps it’s a deployment, the end of a school year, the promise of a promotion or job transfer. We don’t think we have it in us and yet, we’ve got to keep going. These are the times when we must get up with our crying child for the 12th time that night. Change the 200th diaper. Respond to (or ignore) yet another tantrum. Even as a tired mom, we must find encouragement because we see the end in sight.

Give Up Knots
Then there are the times that beg the question, “Am I doing the right thing here?” And sometimes the answer can be no.

“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.” Elvis Presley

Whether you’re having trouble at your child’s school and know it’s time to remove him. Perhaps it’s family relationships that are so draining you must set firm boundaries and risk hurting those you love. Maybe it’s your 9 to 5 that is sucking the life out of you. Or a too large house with its crushing mortgage. There are times when it’s okay to “quit” things that are not working. To stop doing things that are crushing.

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Looking for ways to make parenting easier? Checkout this article about parenting apps that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://lemonlimeadventures.com/when-youre-at-the-end-of-your-parenting-rope/

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Looking to Organize Your Whole House on a Budget? Get Ideas Here!

Keeping an organized home is very hard. It’s even harder to do it sometimes when you don’t have any ideas and you’re short on money. In order to help you out on both accounts we found this article. We hope it helps!

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I don’t know about you but I feel a million times better when my home is organized! It’s actually kind of crazy how I automatically get more focused when everything is put away nice and neat.

But a lot of the organization ideas out there are designed for people who have hundreds of dollars to just spend on fancy gadgets. Not everyone has that luxury (or does but still finds value in saving money). So here are 15 dollar store organization ideas for every area of your home, all in one place. You can’t beat these amazing tricks and tips. Especially for only a couple of bucks each!

Closet
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Such a simple way to keep all of your scarves organized. You could also use the same method for hats, tank tops, belts, among other things.

Deep freeze
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I think this one is my favorite on this list. Digging through the deep freeze is so annoying! Using these containers make separating food a breeze!

Linen closet
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Using baskets is a perfect way to help you separate sheets, pillow cases, wash rags, etc. Instead of having to dig through everything while trying not to unfold the sheets while looking for the fitted sheets. Much less hassle.

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Looking for more kid room organization ideas? Checkout this article about kid room organization ideas that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://jessicaautumn.com/dollar-store-organization-ideas-for-every-area-in-your-home/

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Enjoying Nice Weather? Take the Teaching Outside!

Here in the South it’s finally cooling off some so it’s enjoyable to spend some time outside again without dripping from head to toe in 5 minutes. If your kids are wanting to spend more time outside then you’ve come to the right place. We found this article on helpful ways to incorporate sidewalk chalk into teaching. We hope it helps!

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Materials Needed: Chalk, Coin, Articulation Word List or Picture Cards, Free Score Card, Dry Erase Marker

Goals Addressed: Articulation

Set Up: Print out and laminate the free scorecard. Draw 4 different size circles on the ground. Start with a small circle and write ’10’ inside the circle. Draw a larger circle around the small circle and write ‘5’ in that circle. Draw a larger circle around the ‘5’ circle and write a ‘2’ in it. Finally, draw the largest circle around the ‘2’ circle and write a ‘1’ in it.

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Directions: Have students stand in a line about 5 feet away from the circles. Students then take turns tossing the coin into one of the circles. If the coin lands within the ‘1’ circle, the student has to say his/her sound (in a word, phrase or sentence), one time. If it lands in the ‘2’ circle, the student has to say the sound two times, etc.

For each correct production, the student can mark off that many circles on the score card. For example, if the coin lands in the 10 circle, the student has 10 chances to say his/her sound. If the sound is correctly produced 8 times, the student can mark 8 circles. Have the students continue taking turns until someone fills all of their circles!

Have fun ‘Chalkin It Up’ with your students!

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Looking for ways to teach sensory? Checkout this article about sensory ideas that could be of interest to you.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.speechtherapyfun.com/2016/04/taking-therapy-outside-lets-chalk.html

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