Criss Cross Applesauce

July 25, 2022

Rethinking expectations for seating and positioning to meet a child’s sensory needs and improve engagement.

Upstairs Brain

July 19, 2022

I first learned of the descriptors “the upstairs and downstairs brain” when I read the Whole-Brain Child (Siegel, Bryson, 2012). The premise is simple and brilliant. The downstairs of a traditional house is where all of our basic needs are met. There’s a bathroom, a kitchen and a living area. Similarly, the “downstairs brain” is responsible for basic functions like...

The 8 Senses

May 8, 2022

We teach the five senses. Should we be teaching more?

Model of Childhood Engagement

April 1, 2022

When we think about the greatest impacts of Disability and Neurodiversity on our capacity to do the things we need and want to do, the common denominators are environments, systems, education approaches, employment and social relationships that either don’t understand, care about, or cater to our needs. It’s not that we are inherently ‘wrong’, ‘lacking’ or ‘broken’, its that we...

Kid Not Listening? Infographic

March 25, 2022

What to do when your child “needs” that toy in the store or the snack from the vending machine? How to navigate your child interrupting you on the phone or in another conversation? and of course, changing the sensory channel when your child “isn’t listening”.

Reward VS Paycheck

March 15, 2022

Advances in neurosience have taught us to move on from token boards. It’s a controlling, inauthentic intervention that teaches a child to ignore their body so they can get their reward. Some professionals like that control, so they will defend the use of them. They’ll argue that “working for” tokens is the same as working for a paycheck. It’s a...