Flexible Thinking to the Rescue for a Safe and Fun Halloween

This Halloween is definitely going to be a tricky proposition. But even though it will certainly be different, it’s still a perfect time to encourage your...

Simple daily activities to teach kids about emotions - Free October...

Frowns, tears, meltdowns. Smiles, giggles, belly laughs. These are all natural reactions to the many emotions we feel...every single day. Feelings come and go on a regular...

Transitioning During Uncertain Times - with August Calendar and dai...

*Daily activities to help you and your child make the transition smoother* Transitions happen all day long, from getting out of bed to getting out the door to getting ready...

Using Improv to Build Social Skills

“Play is the answer to the question, ‘how does anything new ever come about’?” ~Jean Piaget Maja Watkins, author of The Brain’s Playground:...

Daily Sensory and Movement Breaks for Regulation - JULY CALENDAR wi...

*Download this awesome calendar below* From the feeling of the sheets we sleep in to the texture of the food we eat, from the birds chirping around us and the smells coming...

Fun, Celebration and Safety - Your June Calendar is here!

*Download this awesome calendar below* June is here, and with it all the excitement of a wonderful summer! Day camps for the kids, your traditional family outings, and all...

Mindfulness in May: A Daily Dose for YOU and YOUR CHILD

*Download this awesome calendar below* I trained to practice and teach mindfulness seven years ago, and it’s changed my life, helping me get out of my future thinking...

Coping with Overwhelm through Connection: Free Printable Calendar

  *Download this awesome calendar below* If it isn’t clear yet, I am super passionate about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and helping kids (and people in...

Seven Tips to Build Your Child’s Social Competence Through Everyday...

Have you ever been concerned about your child’s or student’s social abilities? Do they seem younger or more immature than other kids?  Maybe they...

Giving and Receiving: An Opportunity to Support Social and Emotiona...

by Elizabeth Sautter The holiday season is in full force with many social and family events to attend, not to mention winter break with children out of school for...

Building Speech, Language and Social Skills on the Road

My family will be heading out on a week-long summer road trip in a few days. We’re going to the Grand Canyon and everyone is pretty excited. And now that my boys are...

Lessons to Learn from People with Autism

Because April is Autism Awareness Month, it’s an ideal time to build awareness and acceptance about autism. It’s also an opportunity to consider what those of...

Gratitude & Giving Back: Help Your Child Take the Next Step to Buil...

The “season of giving” can mean far more than a friendly gift exchange or a donation to a favorite nonprofit. Giving often springs from feelings of gratitude...

Stuck Indoors? Use the Time to Build Social and Emotional Learning

The recent smoky conditions in the California Bay Area kept most of us indoors, creating long and sometimes stressful days for many families. We were forced to cope with a...

Gratitude with a Tween Twist

In the realm of social-emotional learning, the tables have been turned at our house. My middle-schooler, Gabe, has come up with a way to reward his parents and get some of...

Practice Loving-kindness to Build Heartfulness on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a great time to teach empathy, perspective taking, and loving-kindness. In the world of mindfulness (paying...

Building Perspective Taking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: It Takes...

Helping kids to think beyond themselves is one of the pleasures and responsibilities of being a parent or caregiver. Coming up on January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day...

Hidden Rules for Receiving a Gift

I was recently at a party where the birthday girl couldn’t hide her disappointment when a certain gift was unwrapped. The boy who had given the gift was visibly...

The Art of Giving: Thinking About Someone Else’s Wants and Wishes

With the winter holidays coming up, it’s a perfect time to delve into your child’s “person files” in order to brainstorm gift ideas. A person file...

Embracing Teachable Moments in the Kitchen Part 2-Focus on Social L...

Cooking and group meals are perfect times to bolster social learning through planning, practicing, and prepping your child for a task or event. Before getting to work in...

Puppy Love and Learning

My son wanted a puppy more than anything for his 13th birthday. Our dog Jack, a member of our family for 14 years, had recently died, so we couldn’t say no....

Thinking About Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up fast!  Even during the craziness of school ending and summer starting, there is still time to make this an extra special day for the...

Mother’s Day-Thinking About Mom

Let’s be realistic—most moms or mother figures (including myself) just want to be thought about and appreciated by their kids from time to time. We hope this...

Pay it Forward for Valentine’s Day

I recently taught the concept of “paying it forward” to the kids in my son’s 4th grade class. The idea is to repay an act of kindness that someone has...

Valentine’s Day Word Clouds

Helping kids to develop social-emotional learning is one of my passions. I recently went into my son’s 4th grade classroom to talk with the kids about character...

Help Your Child Be a Mindful Social Observer

As I guide my kids toward a back-to-school mindset, I’m not focused solely on academics. Sure, I’ve been bringing out the math workbooks and adding more reading...

Help Your Child Take Perspective on the 4th of July

Amidst the fun of July 4th picnics and fireworks, the holiday is also a great reminder to step back, zoom out, and look at the world through a broader lens. We all have...
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