Teaching Problem-Solving Skills- free handout

I have been working on taking my most popular posts and creating free handouts that give an overview of the main ideas. Last week I posted free handouts on impulse control: Impulse Control- Parent Guides Today, I am posting my handouts on teaching children problem-solving skills, based on this post: Teaching Children to Problem Solve  (click image to see full version) or… View printable...
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3 Skills to Practice Before Christmas Arrives

We are just a few days away from Christmas, so I wanted to post a quick note to remind parents to practice some skills before the difficult holiday moments arrive.  Children of all ages and abilities struggles with some of the big moments of the holidays, but helping prepare children through discussion and practice can make these moments less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone. Here are 3...
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Tip for Calming Your Child during this Holiday Season

With the holidays coming quickly, most parents are feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness about the upcoming gatherings of family and friends, holiday concerts, and school parties.  Whether your child loves or hates the holidays, it brings out a lot of strong emotions for both parents and children.  Here are a few reminders about ways you can help your child learn to stay calm in the midst...
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1 Week Away

Just 1 week away… Register now online through District 196 Community Ed. (There are a few spots left as of today, but hurry my last class sold out!) Related posts and more info: The Making of a Presentation Did You Know? Sneak Peek Video   Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities,...
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Millz House in Apply Valley

Places to Play: Millz House Indoor Playground in Apply Valley This is part of my series about places to play in the South Metro area of the Twin Cities (Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Inver Grove Heights, Farmington, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, Prior Lake, Richfield, Rosemount, Savage, Shakopee, South St. Paul, West St. Paul.) Place: Millz House, they are a...
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Free Tools for Teaching Children to Calm (self-regulation)

I’ve seen a lot of conversations among occupational therapists recently in online forums about tools for teaching children skills such as calming, self-regulation, mindfulness, and other similar skills.  I’ve been collecting online ideas and have researched many suggestions, and now I wanted to share what I found. I focused on free online resources.  There are many paid resources and...
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