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May 1, 2018

Aren’t Academics Enough for My Child to Be Successful? Why Social Competence Is so Important

As parents today, we all feel pressure from society to push our kids to learn letters and numbers as soon as they start talking. Read earlier, learn math, write clearly and memorize facts about science or other subjects...Interestingly, this push for academic success at earlier ages has not led to better results. Research emphasizes that rather than grades, social competence is one of two indicators of success in adult life (the other is grit).
Apr 17, 2018

Developing Social Skills for More Than a Decade in Children Who Have Learning Difficulties

What began as passion and determination for supporting students who struggle socially, has turned into a program turning a decade old with clients from across the Houston area. How the Social Thinking program has developed at The Parish School.
Oct 17, 2017

Putting the “happy” back in Happy Halloween!

Trick-or-treating can be a new, anxiety-causing experience for many children who have special needs, but by talking about and teaching what’s expected, you can turn the event into something that is understandable and fun. Here are 5 simple ways to make trick-or-treating more fun for everyone!
Aug 23, 2017

Oh, the many ways to play!

The word 'play' can bring up the image of a large variety of activities. Each stage of playing, learning and discovering has a purpose in a child's development. It's important to be aware that there are different ways to "play" and have a basic understanding of where your child is at in their development.