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Sandbox Learning Flier - Includes a description of Success Stories, list of current story titles, and information on receiving the free story. Please feel free to print and hand out the flier to anyone who migh be interested in the stories. For a copy of the flyer, please email us at: support@sandbox-learning.com.

8 Ways to Make Outings Less Stressful - Eight helpful hints for making any family outing or class trip less stressful. This is a perfect resource for professionals to print and give to parents or for parents to share with friends.
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Visual Strategies Leverage Autism's Strengths to Improve Lives - Discusses how children with autism often benefit from using visuals in stories, schedules, or communication.
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The School Year is Here. Is Your Child Ready? - The start of the school year can be stressful for parents and children. This article provides ideas for successfully making the transition.
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Using Visuals - Six steps for using visual reminders to help children become more organized and independent.
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Having Guests and Visiting Others - Seven helpful hints for teaching children how to be a polite host and a courteous guest.
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7 Inexpensive, Fun, and Educational Ideas for Family Activities - Includes a variety of fun activities families can do together throughout the year.
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Strategies for Helping Kids Get Organized - Six tips for helping kids independently keep their belongings organized.
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Encouraging Fitness in Children - Easy tips for incorporating healthy habits in a daily routine.
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Ways to Increase Communication and Language - Seven strategies for developing communication and language skills in children of any age or ability level.
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Encouraging Reading - Includes six fun ways to encourage reading throughout the day.
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Helping Children Develop Friendships - Discusses ideas for developing social skills and encouraging friendships.
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Conflict Reduction and Resolution - Strategies and ideas for teaching children to resolve conflicts and for creating environments that reduce conflicts.
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Six Skills to Build Through Play - Six skills adults can integrate into virtually any play activity.
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Tips for School Meetings - Strategies parents can use to make school meetings more productive and less stressful.
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Getting Ready for Summer Break - Ideas for making the transition from school to summer less stressful as well as ideas for summer routines.
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Activities for Summer Break - Ideas for keeping children engaged throughout the day while they learn and have fun.
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Rainy Day Activities - Make the most of time together by trying a few fun and creative indoor activities.
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Making the Start of School Less Stressful - The beginning of the school year is an exciting time, but for many children getting back into the routine can be difficult. This article includes ideas for starting the new school year right.
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Strategies for Making Data Collection Easier - Includes ideas for making data collection easier in the school and home.
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Fun Feelings Activities - Engaging ways to teach feelings and establish the foundation for developing more involved social skills.
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Reinforcing Children's Behavior - Reinforcing behavior is critical for helping children improve their skills in a variety of areas. This article includes important behavior management concepts for observing and reinforcing behaviors.
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Five Ways to Give Information with Visual Tools - Outlines five ideas for managing change and transitions with visual tools. This article is by Linda Hodgedon, M.ED. SLP-CCC, Speech Pathologist and Consultant for Autism and Related Disabilities.
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Teaching Children Health Skills - Ideas for teaching children basic personal care skills in a variety of ways.
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Creative Ideas for Motivating Children - Inspiring and versatile ideas for motivating children to complete difficult tasks or imporve their behavior.
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Ways to Save Time at Home and in the Classroom - Includes strategies for saving time, being more efficient, and making transitions easier.
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Teaching Conversational Skills - Ideas for teaching the critical skills necessary for communicating effectively with people.
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Routines and Routine Changes - Strategies for developing routines as well as ideas for helping children cope with schedule changes.
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Fun Activities for Teaching Cooperation - Ideas for fostering cooperation, problem solving, turn taking, and other critical social skills.
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Teaching Children Greetings and Good-byes - Practical ideas for working with children on starting and ending conversations.
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Teaching Children Manners - Ideas for teaching children polite words and behaviors in a variety of situations and settings.
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Six Tips for Vacations and Weekend Trips - Ideas for making vacations and weekend trips less stressful and more enjoyable before, during, and after the trip.
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How to Help Children Retain Skills over the Summer Break - Strategies for preventing regression and teaching new skills during the summer break.
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Strategies for Teaching Children to Make Good Choices - Strategies for teaching children to recognize their choices, think through decisions, and make good choices.
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Ideas for Effective Communication between Home and School - Ways for parents and professionals to establish efficient and effective communication systems.
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Communicating Expectations and Rules - Ideas for successfully presenting and communicating rules across environments.
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7 Strategies for Preparing Children for New Experiences - Ideas for making events fun, educational, and less stressful.
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Preparing Children for Trick or Treating - Five strategies for preparing children to wear costumes, stay safe, and use trick or treating social skills.
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Holiday Social Skill Strategies - Six strategies to prepare children for holiday social situations.
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Strategies for Challenging Holiday Situations - Strategies for helping children give and receive gifts, manage holiday excitement, and understand schedule changes.
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Strategies for Returning to School after a Break - Tips to help make the transition from break back to school easier.
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Strategies for Helping Children Communicate in Stressful Situations - Ideas for teaching children to use appropriate words and actions in difficult situations.
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Teaching Children to Understand and Respond to Feelings - Ideas for teaching children to identify, understand, and manage their feelings as well as other people's feelings.
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Using Photos to Teach Conversation Skills - Steps on using photos to help students engage in conversations, create deeper relationships, and improve conversation skills. This article is by Linda Hodgdon, M.ED., CCC-SLP.
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Motivating Children to Learn Self-Care Skills - Ideas not only for teaching children to learn self-care skills, but for motivating children to develop lasting skills and embrace healthy choices.
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Teaching Skills for Playing with Other Children - Ideas for working on the core skills children need to play successfully with peers.
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Teaching Children to Think before Acting - Strategies to help children respond appropriately to difficult situations by thinking before they act.
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Strategies for Staying Focused - Strategies for channeling excitement and staying on track during special times of year.
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Ways to Turn Any Activity into a Fun Learning Opportunity - Ideas for continuing skill development by creatively teaching and practicing skills during activities.
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Helping Children Stay Organized at Home - Home Visuals - Ways to help children develop independence at home through visuals about chores, organization, and routines.
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Using Community Activities to Develop Social Skills - Discusses teaching social skills including meeting people, maintaining conversations, collaborating with peers, following directions, and problem solving during a variety of community activities.
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Strategies for Presenting and Reinforcing Rules - Tips for helping children understand classroom rules and expectations by effectively developing, posting, and addressing school rules.
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Strategies for Developing Classroom Friendships - Ideas for fostering friendships in the classroom with activities for school, home, and the community.
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Activities for Teaching Children to Ask and Answer Questions - Games that develop critical conversational skills by teaching children to ask and answer Wh- questions, stay on topic during conversations, and ask relevant questions.
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Helping Children Cope with Stressful Situations - Stress is part of everyone's lives and learning to cope with it is a lifelong lesson. Help children learn to reduce and manage stress with these simple strategies.
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Ideas for Making Short and Long Trips Less Stressful - Provides tips for preparing, involving, and reinforcing children before and during trips to make travel easier.
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Teaching Children to Practice Acts of Kindness - Strategies for teaching children to be kind to other people and to themselves.
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End of Summer Activities to Prepare for the School Year - Seven strategies to help start the transition back to school.
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Making the Most of Technology - Tips for choosing and using technology to motivate children and promote skill development.
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Ways to Help Children Learn about Facial Expressions - Five strategies for teaching children to identify feelings based on facial cues.
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Strategies for Toilet Training Success - Includes key strategies for making the toilet training experience more successful and less stressful.
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Strategies for Encouraging Communication - Includes easy strategies for increasing communication skills in virtually any setting.
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Attending During Large Group Events - Includes strategies for making group activities such as assemblies, plays, and services at places of worship more successful.
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Creating Schedules - Includes steps for creating effective home and school schedules that set expectations and create familiar environments to help children succeed.
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Using Videos to Motivate and Teach - Great ways to make the most of technology and use videos to motivate and teach children.
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Six Tips for Preparing Children for Camp -Camp can be a great experience for children, but with new people, situations, and schedules it also can be stressful. Help prepare children for a great overnight or day camp experience with these six tips. 
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Six Strategies for Making Bedtime Easier - Help turn bedtime from a struggle into an enjoyable part of the day with these six tips.
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