Executive Function Skills for Middle Schoolers

By Ashley | April 9, 2021

Can my middle schooler improve their executive function skills? That’s the question we’re going to dive in today. The short answer is yes, 100%. Absolutely. Your middle schooler can, will, and should improve their executive functioning skills during the middle school years. However, the degree that they will improve and progress in this area directly…

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Good News About Executive Functioning Skills!

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | January 13, 2021

What are executive skills and why are they so important? See how you can Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills to learn more! This Executive Function Foundation Guide will give you just what you need for figuring out what these EF skills look like in Real Life.   You will even be able to start to recognize the ones…

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Improve Your Child’s Working Memory Skills

By Ashley | August 21, 2020

Have you ever thought, My child is literally the most forgetful in the whole world! Learn how to improve your child’s working memory skills & why working memory is so important.

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Don’t Forget to Get the Basics Checked!

By Ashley | July 14, 2020

Just a friendly reminder to get the basics checked out on your student during this very strange summer. You know, hearing and vision. Don’t be like me. This is my youngest at the eye doctor last November. His reply was “Oh wow!  I didn’t know what I wasn’t seeing.” Whaaaaaat! Yes,  apparently he had been having horrible…

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Executive Skills Training

By Ashley | July 13, 2020

A few years ago, I sat across a father that was devastated because psychoeducational testing had revealed that his son had executive functioning deficits.  He spoke from the heart, and his eyes teared up. His wife reached over and held his hand.  He thought this information was almost a death sentence on his sweet boy. …

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How to Teach Your Kids to be More Independent

By Ashley | April 30, 2020

With our kids now home all day, you may be hearing more of, “Hey, Mom, I need help!” or “Hey, Dad, can you fix this?” I’m going to show you how you should respond to teach your kids to be more independent. Watch my latest video, “Mom to the Rescue Again?” The Real Life Executive…

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How to Get Your Kids to Listen to You

By Ashley | April 22, 2020

With the kids being home all day, do you find yourself repeating the same things over and over again to no avail? In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to get your kids to listen to you and what you can do to get them to pay attention to you at home.…

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This secret weapon helps the families I work with reach their OT goals faster, better and for a fraction of the $.

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | April 21, 2020

A few months ago I did a team training at SPA all on how to use sensory strategies to give parents, teachers and related professionals another layer of knowledge to develop amazing humans.    Then we also dived into body awareness, processing speed, motor skills, executive skills and the ever-popular “What else can an OT…

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Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

By Ashley | April 17, 2020

Have you been hearing all of the talk about executive function skills or executive skills disorder? I feel like everywhere we look, executive skills are on the tip of everybody’s tongue.  My video Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills is all about this topic. Keep reading to learn more! Why You Need to Develop Your Child’s Executive…

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The Team Training and the Sensory Rave.

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | January 15, 2020

Recently, I was lucky enough to do team training at Stop Parenting Alone.  I was invited to chat with the staff all about the sensory system and the role it plays in regulation.  That right there is quite a juicy topic. What came first the stressed emotional system or the dysregulated sensory system.  I have…

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