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Make Poetry Fun for You and Your Child

April is National Poetry month and hopefully your children have been engaged in multi-sensory poetry related activities at school to help the genre come alive.  If you cringe at the thought of reveling in poetry, take breath and realize that your exposure to poetry may not have […]

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4 Fun Pi Day Activities for Children with Dyscalculia

Pi Day has always been fun for math lovers.  But what if your child has dyscalculia?  Is it even reasonable to expect them to get excited about a number, even if it’s pi? The answer is yes, if you celebrate Pi Day in a way that suits […]

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Even with Dyslexia Sight Words can be Fun

Learning sight words can be a huge challenge for a child with dyslexia.  If you have a child struggling with reading you may have already spent hours looking into sight words, high frequency words, Dolch words or even if sight words are the right way to help your […]

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New Year’s Eve Vision Board Party

A few years ago I decided to change how I spent New Year’s Eve. Rather than going out, I decided to bring my focus in on my children, on my family, and on myself. So began a new tradition in our home: The Vision Board. Each of […]

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Have a Fun Hour of Code at Home

Yeah for my son’s elementary school librarian! My son came home excited about the Flappy Bird game he coded during library time. My junior high son wanted to see it and then for the next hour the two of them coded a Star Wars game we all […]

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Enjoy Your Family this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day celebrates the contributions and achievements of American workers, and for families, marks the last weekend of the summer or an early long weekend in the new school year.  The long weekend away from your paid labor gives you time to relax and enjoy your family. Unfortunately, modern society […]

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Educational and Fun Family Car Games

A Nintendo DS, iPod or smart phone may be staples when travelling with your children. But this car ride, how about trying some classic car games that coat educational skill building with a thick layer of family fun? Here are some fun family car games to try. […]

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Use Unstructured Summer Time To Build Executive Functioning Skills

Letting your children spend more time on less structured activities this summer just might help them build a brighter future. A study by the University of Colorado Boulder found that children who spend more time in unstructured activities, such as reading, free-play alone or with friends, and […]

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Three Easy Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

Summer slide or summer learning loss occurs when students don’t stay academically active over the summer.  On average, students lose two months of grade level equivalency over the summer. A student struggling with reading risks losing the hard earned progress they achieved during the school year to […]

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50 FUN Summer Activities to Build Executive Functioning Skills

One of the buzz words today in education is “executive functioning skills” (EFSkills). With the increased demand on students to achieve higher standards to be ready to compete in a global marketplace it isn’t surprising this word is finding its way into teacher/parent conferences. A Standard List […]

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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