An Inclusive Halloween

Halloween is one of the most universally celebrated holidays in the United States today. Each year, children pour over costume ideas, dream about the treats they'll collect and enjoy fun, fall-themed activities at school and at businesses and organizations throughout the area. But Halloween isn't easy for every child. Children with food allergies and feeding issues struggle with treats they cannot enjoy. Children with anxiety battle fears and worries connected with sometimes too-spooky events. Children with social skills or communication issues may not have the ability to say "trick-or-treat!" or "thank you." Still others may struggle with finding a costume that fits with a wheelchair or mobility device.

This resource guide offers tips and additional information to help our families and the surrounding communities create a more inclusive Halloween.

 

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10 Autumn Activities for Children with Autism

It’s finally cooling down–or maybe you live where it’s already cold! Either way, this is my favorite season of the year. I LOVE the colors, the crisp cool air, and honestly, I think fall is the best time of year to enjoy the outdoors. For kids with special needs and sensory challenges, the outdoors is the perfect sensory playground. I’ve picked my favorite activities, and if you have others, then I say,  “Go for it!” Don’t pass up this special time of year!

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Home Exercise Program For Families On The Go

Home exercise programs (HEPs) are customized plans that are designed to specifically target identified areas of weakness. They are typically an extension of therapy tasks that are explained and are structured in such a way that they can be practiced outside of the therapy environment. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists know the golden rule that the more time an individual devotes to a specific skill, the greater their strength and/or ability will be to perform this task across a variety of settings- this is the ultimate goal for therapy. A common misconception is that HEP often take up a significant amount of time and/or that many parents/caregivers are constantly on the go with a pile of academic homework to complete in the evenings – who actually has time for additional work outside of everything else they have to do?

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Dealing with Parent Denial

We want to help kids. It’s our job and it’s the reason we chose our work. Parents want the best for their children, too. However, sometimes the parent denies there’s any issue with their child’s communication. Or, when the assessment is done, the result is sometimes more serious than a parent can cope with.

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THE STEPPING STONES GROUP ACQUIRES NEW ENGLAND ABA, INC.

BOSTON, MA -September 23, 2019 -The Stepping Stones Group (Stepping Stones), a leading national provider of therapeutic and behavioral health services to children with special needs and autism, today announced the acquisition of New England ABA, Inc., a Massachusetts based provider of in-home and community-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy.

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CONSIDERATIONS FOR EI TO PRESCHOOL TRANSITIONS

Whether you evaluate preschoolers incoming from early intervention programs as a surprise emergency substitute or you do them every day, there are certain considerations that you may not have thought of for the EI to school transition. I’ve performed incoming preschool evaluations for 4 school corporations (from rural to inner city and in between) and each one has done things differently. I’ve also served as an early intervention therapist in peoples’ homes (again, rural to intercity and in between!). So while some of these may seem like “no brainers” for some folks (like me!) new realizations are popping up daily.

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National School Backpack Awareness

Does your child or students complain about the weight of their backpacks? Did you know it is important for students and children to wear their backpacks correctly?

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6 Classroom Tips to Deal with Separation Anxiety in Children with Special Needs

Child care drop off can be difficult for children and their parents, but it may also create a challenge for child care teachers.  As the teacher, it is your responsibility to make sure every child you are caring for feels safe and comfortable in the classroom. This can be difficult when dealing with a child who is experiencing separation anxiety. If you work together with the child’s parents, however, you can quickly establish a secure routine for drop off that works for everyone.

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ORGANIZATION FOR EFFICIENCY

Start of the School Year:
“For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” (African Proverb)

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The Stepping Stones Group Named to the Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest Growing Companies

Boston, MA , August 14, 2019 – Pediatric Therapy Services, LLC, who operates as The Stepping Stones Group, a leading provider of therapeutic and behavioral health services to children with special needs and autism in educational settings, has made the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, for the fourth time. The Stepping Stones Group has earned the rank of No. 1257 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list with a 329% three-year revenue growth rate.  The Stepping Stones Group is majority-owned by Five Arrows Capital Partners.

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