Category - Special Challenges

Five Common Misunderstandings, Fears, and Facts about ADHD

Discipline & Behavior
Special Challenges

#1 My child’s 2nd grade teacher diagnosed him with ADHD. Fact: Teachers are incredible sources of valuable information about children’s socioemotional and behavioral functioning throughout the day. However, only qualified health care professionals (i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists and other physicians, and licensed clinical social workers) can accurately diagnose ADHD. It is possible that his teacher is correct, but it is best practice to contact a qualified professional who is specially trained in assessing and diagnosing ADHD. This is because there are varieties of other physical and emotional disorders—including hypoglycemia, anemia, and anxiety—that can share similar symptoms with ADHD. #2 My child… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on May 19, 2014

Speaking Openly about Selective Mutism

Special Challenges

A few years ago, I was asked to observe a child who never spoke to her preschool teachers, although she had no trouble talking at home with her parents. She actively participated in all the preschool activities, including art, science, reading, writing–even dancing during music time—but she never spoke or responded to her teachers. Her parents and teachers were confused. She was quite chatty at home, but completely quiet at school. Parents and teachers assumed that it was a power struggle, that she was being willfully defiant. In reality, the child was simply “stuck.” She had retreated into a pattern… Continue Reading


Posted by Heidi Emberling on March 24, 2014

Going to the Movies with Your Sensory-Defensive Child

Leisure & Vacation
Occupational Therapy
Special Challenges

As I was trying to come up with a topic to share on this particular blog, I thought about a challenge one of my young clients recently experienced: going to the movies. This child so wanted to go to The Lego Movie, and he and his dad set out for an adventure they were unable to complete. This is a challenge that comes up for many of my sensory-defensive clients. No matter how excited they may be to see a particular film, their sensory system takes over as they attempt to transition into the theatre and begin to experience a… Continue Reading


Posted by Deanne Kelly on February 18, 2014

Living with a Learning Difference: A Student and Resource Teacher’s Perspective

Special Challenges

During the nine years that I was a resource teacher, I worked with students with learning differences and those on the autism spectrum. Being “different” is never an easy road to walk down, but not having complete control over the way our brain works and how we learn is an even more precarious place to be. I learned an awful lot from my students over these nine years, lessons that are never taught in classes or workshops. One of these lessons is that a student of any age who is trying to fit in, keep up with peers, listen to… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on November 4, 2013

Sensory Processing Disorder and Halloween

Leisure & Vacation
Occupational Therapy
Special Challenges

It’s the time of year when there’s a chill in the air, the seasons are changing, and the color of orange is everywhere. It is October, and at the end of the month, many celebrate the holiday of Halloween. It is a time when we pick a costume and dress up, attend parties, and go out at night trick or treating. Many schools have parades during which children line up and excitedly parade around large crowds of delighted parents, who take endless pictures with their phones and cameras. These parades are often followed by classroom parties with games and food…. Continue Reading


Posted by Deanne Kelly on October 15, 2013

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