Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying the last stretch of the holidays. The weather here in Southern Ontario has been unbearably cold, and unless you’re an outdoor die-hard, you’ve probably spent way too much time indoors. This can cause the best of us to run out of activities for the kids, and dreaded “cabin fever” may be setting in.

Here’s a great idea that I used with my kids when they were younger. They LOVED it. Once it’s set up (they can help with this part), all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your choice of beverage! Nice…

Get out some construction paper and a black marker. Cut the paper so you’ve got 26 pieces. Have the kids write each letter of the alphabet on a piece of paper, and tape them around the house at eye level. (You can allow the insides of cupboards if you want to extend the game – my little secret) 😉

Once the letters are all distributed around the house, gather the troops, simply call out letters one-by-one and send them off hunting! The goal is to find the letter, tap it and get back to you. If you want to jazz it up and lower the competitive element, once they’re all back, ask them each to share a word starting with the letter called. You can also pair up the kids to make it more even. Have fun!

Better Behaviour Bootcamp!

As I mentioned in my last email, be on the lookout for some exciting news next week about a program I’m offering which begins on January 24th. If you’re worried about your child’s behaviour, and want to learn the essential skills that every ASD Mom needs to know, this is an online program that you will want to join! Stay tuned for details about my Lemons to Lemonade Better Behaviour Bootcamp!

Time to start prepping for back to school

The holidays are almost over, and it’s time to start getting your kids used to going to bed and getting up earlier. Try not to pack the upcoming weekend with plans, so you’re back into a fairly normal routine by the start of next week. Ask your child how he/she’s feeling about going back to school… empathize if the response isn’t positive. Remind him of things he’s done successfully when he’s felt _____, and don’t forget to mention the character trait he demonstrated (courage or determination for example). Don’t try to talk him out of how he’s feeling! Let him know that you understand, and share something you don’t want to do (dig deep … you’ll think of something!) It’s important for our kids to know that we all share the same emotions.

Warm wishes for a good start back at school,

Sue

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