Social Skills

Art: Process Vs Product

Art: Process Vs Product

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Our kiddos make such treasures during preschool and elementary school. I have portfolios filled with finger paintings, drawings, collages, stories and more. It is so free, so expressive and so honest. I’ve recently stumbled upon my boys’ artwork and realized the works of art that really stand out to me are the ones that they created all on their own. No help from a teacher. No strict instructions. Fully expressive to who they are.

Spotlight On South Bay Kids Connection

Spotlight On South Bay Kids Connection

When deciding on programs to help your child thrive, one important area that is sometimes overlooked is strengthening social skills.  South Bay Kids Connection (SBKC) is a new program in the South Bay focusing on social skills.  Diana Cortese, South Bay Kids Connection Founder recently shared with us some information about what kids and parents can expect…

Indoor Fun for All Ages and Abilities

Indoor Fun for All Ages and Abilities

While we have the great luck to enjoy beautiful weather throughout much of the year in the South Bay, sometimes the weather drives us indoors where we need to figure out a way to pass the time. My loyal band of school-age testers inform me that these are some of the best ways to have…

Spotlight on Courteous and Cool Etiquette School

Spotlight on Courteous and Cool Etiquette School

Courteous and Cool Etuquette School offers children a unique opportunity to learn manners and conversations skills that increase confindence and allow children and teens to thrive in social situation.  Kari Doody, owner and Certified Etiquette Trainer shares that etiquette is all about learning to fit in, respecting each other and enjoying yourself in social situations. Courteous and…

Parenting Tips

Parenting Tips

At times there’s irony associated with parenting a child with Tourette’s. In certain situations a realization emerges that either the basics don’t apply or there needs to be modifications to fundamental parental axioms. Of course every parent has child-rearing agility with some possessing a few side steps while others are Olympic gymnasts. I’ve become the…

Positive Impressions

Positive Impressions

This past weekend I volunteered as a timer at my daughter’ swim meet. This gave me a chance to talk to hundreds of children and teens, and it was amazing to witness the wide range of poise, grace, and manners among these youth.

Hangin’ Out

Hangin’ Out

Despite the cruel affliction that possesses our son and works to turn people from him, he’s intent on succeeding socially. Thankfully there are seven billion people on the planet and he has access to a sizeable chunk of them on Facebook. 🙂 Throughout his childhood, his “playdates” have been scarce, and he’s mostly piggybacked on…