Family Fun Activities for Over the Holiday Vacation

From our Friends at Black Bear Academy

Have a family game night

Chances are many of your family's favorite board and card games reinforce social and academic skills such as attention, inhibition, turn taking, theory of mind, counting, reading, and drawing. Gather the group to play games you usuallyRead more

 

Making the Holidays More Enjoyable for Special Needs Children

From our friends at Black Bear Academy

Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are nearly upon us, which can mean travel, time with family, and special meals. For families of children with special needs, these deviations in routine can add stress to an already busy time ofRead more

 

Halloween is approaching which for children, means lots of candy and sweet treats!

From our friends at Black Bear Academy

As we approach this holiday filled with lots of preferred food and snack options, it feels appropriate to address the concerns that parents often share about their children and their eating. As parents, it is our responsibility to payRead more

 

Back to School Tips

From our friends at Black Bear Academy

September has arrived which means it’s back- to- school time for the kids! There is so much to talk about with your children during this exciting time of change, including new classmates, new teachers, a new classroom and forRead more

 

Summer Jam at Concordia Place

This summer, Concordia Place is offering a series of music and entertainment events at each location for families and the community. On June 17, our Whipple location held the first event of the series with 70 families and community members in attendance. Jennifer Viets, ourRead more

 

Collaboration

From our Friends at Black Bear Academy

col·lab·o·ra-tion \kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

This five syllable word is a very important word in the lives of families working with a team of professionals, managing the needs of children with developmentalRead more

 

Concordia Place

The following article is by Jessica Trumbull, an Early Childhood Director at Concordia Place in Chicago. Concordia Place serves children, teens, adults and seniors through their multi-generational programming. For information visit their website at concordiaplace.org or call 773.463.1600.

Get Out and Play!

Children need to move –Read more

 

Playing Games with Your Child

From Black Bear Academy

Playing games with your child helps to encourage various areas of their development!  This includes, but is not limited to, skills such as attention, inhibition, receptive language, expressive language, sound  production, social language, and social interactions.

 Anticipatory Games

 

What is a sensory diet?

from Black Bear Academy

Occupational therapists determine areas of concern that are impacting a child’s functional performance and their ability to engage in meaningful activities. One major area that impacts a child’s ability to learn and play is their sensory processing skills or their ability toRead more

 

Sharing Books

by our friends at Black Bear Academy

“A book is a gift you can open again and again” ~Garrison Keillor

As we end another successful Scholastic Book Fair at Black Bear Academy, and we approach the gift-giving season, we wanted to share some important tips aboutRead more