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Hands On Learning Solutions offers diagnostic tutoring programs developed from the need to find solu

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We use different games to work with patterns and timing to improve overall function.

Clapping Games are an Awesome Way to Work on Motor Skills

Miss Jaime writes "As a school-based OT, I use clapping games often with individual children, small groups, and whole classes. The things that I can learn about a child from watching them learn a clapping game are amazing. I thought I would break it down for the rest of the world so I can spread the love of clapping games!"

Read more here > https://missjaimeot.com/why-you-should-teach-your-child-clapping-games/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com


I had not heard of this program. What a great way to explore assistive tech!

Did you know that the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) offers individuals the chance to borrow an assistive technology device to help them decide what device will work best for them before purchasing. WATAP will ship devices anywhere in Washington state for a 21-day borrow period.

To learn more about the program and qualifications visit https://watap.org/loan


This is a powerful statement and true!


Parenting a child with special needs can be isolating for some. Finding friends who take the time to understand can also be a challenge for parents. We just need someone who is willing to listen and care. It can make a big difference in the journey.


Help for the Shut Down Learner 06/03/2024

For kids with language-based learning difficulties, learning the basics of reading, writing, and spelling (and sometimes math) is a long process – even with the right methods. It takes focus and discipline to push through daily lessons. For most kids, it’s just hard.

Help for the Shut Down Learner Do you have a child who is a reluctant learner? A child who seems to shut down when anything is difficult? Read this article for ideas for how to motivate the shut down learner.

Teaching Executive Functioning Skills to High School Students (Classroom and Home) 06/03/2024

Teaching executive functioning skills can be challenging, but it is essential for students to succeed in school and beyond. Here are some effective strategies for teaching executive functioning skills.

Teaching Executive Functioning Skills to High School Students (Classroom and Home) In IEPs, I find many accommodations, but very little teaching executive functioning skills to high school students. How to Teach Executive Functioning Skills

50 Chores for Teenagers that Build Life Skills and Executive Functioning 05/29/2024

Life skills refer to the abilities and competencies necessary for individuals to effectively navigate various aspects of life, such as personal and professional relationships, personal health and well-being, and financial management. Engaging teenagers in chores can be an effective way to develop and reinforce various executive function skills. Read on for ideas...

50 Chores for Teenagers that Build Life Skills and Executive Functioning Basic chores are a great way to teach life skills. Here is a list of common chores that help your child build life skills, including executive functioning tasks.


HOLS will be closed today for Memorial Day.

We are very grateful for the brave women and men (and their families) who made sacrifices for our freedom. 🇺🇸



It's important to take care of yourself and it can be hard to remember when you are championing for your child who struggles!

Hi Macaroni KID families: here's a gentle reminder that self-care isn't selfish, it's essential. Let's break the stigma and prioritize our mental well-being, today and every day. 💙

Bedtime Crazy? How to Help Your Child with ADHD Sleep 05/17/2024

Did you know that difficulty sleeping can be a warning sign of ADHD?

Bedtime Crazy? How to Help Your Child with ADHD Sleep Is bedtime one of the hardest parts of your day? Does your kid struggle to go to sleep, stay asleep, or maybe both?We know rest is vital for our kids to have...


Happy Mother's Day to all the hard working moms out there!


Our teachers deserve to be thanked for all the things they do for our children. Teaching is one of the hardest and most rewarding careers I can think of!


In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month... here are a few mental health tips for your week.


Want to help children with attention and opposition issues? Reflex integration is a key piece of the puzzle.

Help children gain self regulation, confidence and focus with reflex integration tools from the Brain and Sensory Foundations training! Open enrollment ends April 30, 2024.



Studies show that unstructured play can promote creativity, problem-solving skills, and social interaction, all while reducing stress and improving mental health. Sadly, many kids today are missing out on the benefits of play due to academic and extracurricular demands. Let's make play a priority and ensure our children have the time and space to explore, imagine, and grow. -Peter Gray, The Play Deficit


Save the dates for these webinars!

If your student is receiving special education services, you MUST attend the webinar with Nicholle Minero and Cindy Dupuy. It will help you understand how the new law affects services for your student.


We wish every one a nice weekend!


Spring has sprung...


LIVE Event for Parents
Tuesday, April 2nd

Dr. Tina is an Integrative pediatrician hosting the Hope is Here free online summit. She is bringing together an excellent group of experts for short conversations to give parents insights for dramatically improving the lives of their children.

Dr. Tina understands and uses primitive reflex integration in her wholistic practice and I am excited to be a part of this event.

Join the live stream on Tuesday, April 2nd from 9am Pacific Time to 2.30p.m., and share this with your friends! There is a replay on April 16th and 17th. To access live or via replay enroll today at https://tinyurl.com/hopeishere-sonia

Topics include:
• Behavioral issues and biochemistry in autism, dyslexia, and ADHD
• PANDAS/PANS as a hidden cause of anxiety
• Mitochondrial dysfunction and the brain— which toxins and foods damage the brain
• Why Sulphate is vital for ADHD and autism
• The critical importance of primitive reflexes to help children find calm and optimize function

Enroll at https://tinyurl.com/hopeishere-sonia

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Is the same thing as disorder of written expression?

Experts actually disagree on the answer to this question. Both dysgraphia and disorder of written expression describe challenges related to writing. Many people use the terms interchangeably. But they might also use the terms to describe slightly different things.


Well said.


When someone has an Oral/Written Language Disorder (Expressive Language Disorder) they may also have a Receptive Language Disorder which can impact reading, as it affects the ability to understand written or spoken language. Individuals can have difficulty with listening comprehension, finding the words to express themselves, and more.

Oral/Written Language Disorder can also impact reading, as it affects the ability to understand written or spoken language. Individuals with Oral/Written Language Disorder can have difficulty with listening comprehension, finding the words to express themselves, and more.

Photos from Understood's post 03/09/2024
10 Brain Break Activities for Kids 03/05/2024

You can never have enough brain break ideas!!! They can be very short, quick changes in activity to make the lesson or session fun and interesting. Just today, we took a brain break in the middle of focused work on short vowel sounds and raced 'sticky balls' on the window. I handed the student a sticky ball and explained that together we'd each toss a sticky ball on the window and see who won. Ready, set, go! I don't think she fully understood what was going to happen until she threw her ball. They both clung to the window as they raced down. It lasted less than 60 seconds and we both ended up jumping up and down and giggling. Then back to our lesson, refreshed.

10 Brain Break Activities for Kids 10 fun brain break activities for kids plus other resources for teaching your wiggly kids at home.

Classroom accommodations for ADHD 02/26/2024

Inattention? Distractibility? Hyperactivity and impulsivity? Accommodations can help a student function better in the classroom. Read on for tips and suggestions.

Classroom accommodations for ADHD What types of accommodations can help students with ADD and ADHD? Here are some classroom accommodations to talk over with your child’s school.

How To Talk To Kids About Social Media And Mental Health - Happily Family 02/23/2024

When we work with teens and preteens we find that sometimes part of what is contributing to the struggle they are having academically is access to social media at night when they should be winding down to go to sleep. Social media can have it's benefits and downfalls. Keeping an open dialogue can help us parents understand what is going on in our child's life and benefit the family.

How To Talk To Kids About Social Media And Mental Health - Happily Family Use these 12 conversation starters to help your child make thoughtful and healthy choices about their screen use. Learn how to have conversations that build trust and help them recognize how social media can impact their feelings.

Take Action Conference Series 02/20/2024

Do you have a child on the Autism Spectrum? Join the TACA virtual conference this April! Explore new presentations each Sunday featuring unique content from educational lectures, expert Q&A sessions, and insightful parent panels. Engage in virtual support hours to ask personalized questions and connect with other parents. Access the TACA Connect platform for valuable resources and presentation slides. Don't miss the opportunity to learn practical strategies for creating a positive plan for your child's future!

Take Action Conference Series This virtual month-long autism conference includes lectures from experts, workshops, parent and professional panels, and virtual support.

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