By: PossAbilities | July 24, 2020

manage child anxiety during a pandemic: self-regulatory strategies

Nearly everyone is experiencing a dramatic increase in his or her feelings of anxiety in recent months, and as the pandemic stretches on, so does the anxiety.


This is true for our children as well, particularly our children that have challenges in the area of sensory processing.


They may be feeling more anxiety as a result of the loss of social interaction, loss of daily structure, uncertainty about the coming school year or about getting sick.


Finding strategies to reduce this anxiety in both our children and ourselves is vital to our well-being. 


Here are some strategies to help manage stress, anxiety and promote self-regulation.

By: PossAbilities | May 07, 2019

summer sensory activities

Warm weather and sunshine has us looking forward to summer!

By: PossAbilities | October 22, 2018

spd sensory processing disorder faq

In honor of October being National Sensory Processing Awareness Month, we're answering six common questions about Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD.

By: PossAbilities | August 24, 2018

sensory activities for school

A relaxing summer can make it difficult to get back into the school routine … especially for children with sensory processing differences.

Category: Services 

Tags: sensory development 

By: PossAbilities | July 29, 2018

sensory snack ideas for school

"Mom, I'm hungry!" Have you heard that phrase a lot this summer? If so, you're not alone!

By: PossAbilities | February 13, 2018

screentime behavioral reward

Many children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum, love screentime. 

 

With this kind of response, it’s no wonder that parents often wonder if they should offer screentime as a behavioral incentive! 

 

The question is, do the benefits outweigh the consequences? 

Category: Services 

Tags: screentime, autism 

By: PossAbilities | November 22, 2017

executive functioning therapy possabilities

Executive Functioning is a brain-based process and is not simply fixed or disciplined away but rather requires systematic assessment and intervention. It is a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal.


These include:

  • Organization
  • Planning and Prioritizing
  • Time Management
  • Praxis (Motor Planning)
  • Self-Regulation (Impulse control)
  • Working Memory
  • Self-Monitoring
  • Task Initiation
  • Sustaining Effort
  • Flexible & Adaptive Thinking


At PossAbilities we address Executive Functioning in the following ways:

  • Assess through the process of clinical observations and formal testing, obstacles that interfere with the development of executive functioning skills. Parent and child interviews help us to u...

Category: Services 

Tags: executive functioning 

By: PossAbilities | September 08, 2017

Did you know that speech and language therapy can help children who are struggling to learn to read and write?

Speech-language pathologists assess and treat a variety of communication disorders: stuttering, receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, social pragmatic language deficits, and more.

 

As a result, this background makes them experts in oral language development, which serves as the foundation for learning to read, spell, and write.

 

Speech-language pathologists can support literacy in the following ways:

  •  Foster language development and early literacy skills
  • Identify students at risk for reading and writing difficulties
  • Assess reading skills
  • Assess writing skills
  • Advocate for effective li...