How Do We React To Our Child’s Report Card?

By |2022-06-08T14:23:44-04:008 June 2022|Child Development, Help with Homework, Special Needs|

What if we tried to be a little less emotional? We love them and we want the best for our children, that's normal! You can be proud of them or worried about them, but you shouldn't let them know that you're disappointed in them. Let's remember that their report card is not our evaluation of whether or not we are a good parent, but a picture of their school progress. So the report card arrives at home. What do we do? I'm Jessica Rousseau, aka MamanÉducatrucs, [...]

Using Our 5 Senses to Soothe Kids’ Stress

By |2022-04-19T10:50:13-04:0019 April 2022|Child Development, Help with Homework, Special Needs|

When our kids are feeling most overwhelmed, their emotions can really appear to be all over the place. Sadness, excitability, irritability, anxiety… you name it; they feel it. Making meaning of their behaviour can be challenging. Science helps us make sense of what’s going on inside our littlest one’s body and brain. A helpful tip can be to start seeing this behaviour as something that occurs due to stress overload instead of something due to defiance or a desire to make trouble. Equipped with empathy, we [...]

Out of This World: Space-Themed Sensory Fun!

By |2022-03-15T16:45:47-04:0015 March 2022|Child Development, Help with Homework, Other, Special Needs|

When looking to set up a sensory-friendly space – whether in a home or a school – lots of thought is given to both form and function. We’re examining what each item’s purpose is and trying to meet the needs of those who use the space in the most efficient, effective way possible. Simultaneously, we’re striving to bring pieces together that look, and most importantly, feel good. Why not consider form and function while infusing a huge dose of fun as well?! Setting up a sensory [...]

Little Guide to Help You Manage Your Child’s BIG Emotions

By |2022-02-21T14:35:42-05:0021 February 2022|Child Development, Other, Special Needs|

Whether you are a parent, educator or teacher, there will come a time where you might become preoccupied and feel out of resources to support your child’s big emotions. If you are looking for additional ideas, this little guide is for you. What is an emotion? An emotion is a brief and intense emotional state. At the same time, it engages our body and mind to respond to a change in the environment. Emotions are adaptive reactions and are unique to each individual. The two poles [...]

How should I react when my child is anxious?

By |2022-02-09T10:45:53-05:0019 January 2022|Child Development, Special Needs|

They’re afraid of mascots, spiders, putting their head in the water, going to daycare, saying hello to visitors, sleeping alone in their bed ... In short, there are plenty of fears and this is perfectly normal! All children have fears, stressful times, anxiety-inducing experiences, and most of the time the fear goes away on its own (and with a little help from parents!). I’m Jessica Rousseau a.k.a Maman Éducatrucs, TES and Family Coach and I’ll show you some great approaches to use (until the anxiety goes [...]

Autonomy and winter clothes: quite a storm!

By |2021-11-01T15:34:41-04:001 November 2021|Child Development, Special Needs|

“My scarf is too tight.” “I can’t put on my boots.”   A child’s independence with dressing and undressing from winter clothes is difficult to achieve sometimes. This activity requires mastering several skills such as gross motor skills (balance, postural control, bilateral coordination), fine motor skills (manipulating fasteners) and perception (putting clothes on the right way). How to Facilitate Cooperation To support your child's independence, here are some suggestions to promote engagement and task performance with dressing: Practice tying if your child has a toque with [...]

5 Creative Costume Ideas for Halloween 2021 – styled by fdmt

By |2021-10-26T08:40:00-04:0026 October 2021|Child Development, Special Needs|

“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” Remember the classic book and subsequent childhood movie Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? White Rabbit had a pesky habit of running late. You might be feeling the same way as you scour the internet for that perfect Halloween costume this year. Or maybe your child hasn’t made up their mind yet and you’re running low on time (…and patience and ideas…). We’re here to share the best creative costume ideas for Halloween 2021 featuring some of your favourite [...]

Our Human Body – An Extraordinary GPS System!

By |2021-10-15T15:19:41-04:0015 October 2021|Child Development, Special Needs|

Every day, your child runs, jumps, climbs, plays ball, rides a bike and walks without calculating all of these movements in space. They perform a series of movements without thinking, in an automated, yet precise way! We can therefore affirm that your child has their own GPS system allowing them to obtain constant information about the position of their head and body in space, while recruiting the gross motor skills required to succeed in engaging and participating in an activity. Your child uses the large muscles [...]

The Importance of Play for Autistic Children

By |2021-10-12T15:59:11-04:0012 October 2021|Child Development, Physical Activity, Special Needs|

Play is an important part of a child's development. It builds fine and gross motor skills, social skills, communication skills, language, thinking and problem solving skills.   With autistic children, play can be very limited. For example, a child may want to play alone, engage in repetitive play like lining up toys, or moving from them from point A to point B and then back again, or play with the same thing over and over. Children can learn play skills with guidance and by structuring play. [...]