When Social Conflict Escalates to Bullying – What Can Parents Do?

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In a recent article we talked about the work our co-founder and Speech Therapy Director, Mandy Alvarez, does to educate parents, teachers and administrators about the difference between social conflict and bullying. Borrowing from the ideas of Signe Whitson, Mandy highlights the importance of carefully evaluating situations involving social conflict before labeling them as bullying. Here, […]

How Teaching Gratitude Supports Social & Emotional Development

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One of our main goals at Integrated Children’s Therapy is helping children develop the social communication skills needed to enjoy the hallmarks of being a kid, like connecting with those around them, making friends, and playing with others. Gratitude supports social communication because it helps us understand others’ feelings (perspective-taking), practice empathy, and learn the […]

ICT Annual Halloween Party – A Spooktacular Night!

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With our staff dressed as emojis, members of our teen groups helping to set up and run the show, and kiddos in costume enjoying a party friendly to their needs, our annual Halloween bash was a blast.   Teen Zev helped hang decorations, and David led story time.       The kids played with […]

The Zones of Regulation® — Managing Big Feelings

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Learning how to manage big feelings is an important task of childhood. In order to learn, focus, listen, communicate, and engage with peers, we need to know how to regulate emotions like stress, anger, or even excitement. It’s a tough lesson for all kids, but for those with developmental challenges it can be especially hard. […]

Another Great Summer at ICT!

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It’s hard to believe 8 weeks of summer camp have flown by, and our campers are beginning to head back to school! We had a truly wonderful summer at ICT, full of fun and remarkable language, emotional, social and sensory learning. We are so grateful to the families who entrusted us with their little ones, […]

Parent Tips for Back-to-School

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It’s that time of year again: Summer is winding down as you gear up for a change in routine. Starting school after summer vacation is a big change for most kids. For little ones going to school for the first time, or for children with developmental or social challenges, it can be especially tough. We […]

Summer Camp Update – Weeks 5&6

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We’ve wrapped up weeks 5 and 6 of our Engines at Play Summer Intensive Program. Our campers continue to show steady progress from week to week. Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to with our latest themes: Pirates and Camping! But first, we’re excited to announce that due to the popularity of this […]

Playing is a Skill!

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Play is rich with opportunities for language and social learning. Like any skill, it takes practice to know how to play. This weekend, create opportunities for your child to explore, pretend, build, climb, and connect with her favorite person: You! Wishing you a happy, play-filled weekend!