Kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder often benefit from online games, activities

Kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder often benefit from online games, activities
By School Zone Staff
January 10, 2017 — The journey of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for both those with the diagnosis and their families, is often marked by hard-won mile markers, winding turns, and unanticipated roadblocks. For many kids with ASD, online games can both free them from the pressure of social interaction and yet ironically, also help them develop social skills, as they sharpen other important abilities along the way.

Dealing with pint-sized picky eaters during holiday hubbub

Dealing with pint-sized picky eaters during holiday hubbub
By School Zone Staff
December 19, 2016 — With house guests and other company, disrupted wake-up and bedtime routines, and the sheer excitement of presents under the tree, it can be hard to make sure little ones are fueled up on more than just adrenaline and candy canes.

Help little hands deck the halls, hearth, and entire house

Help little hands deck the halls, hearth, and entire house
By School Zone Staff
December 7, 2016 — In the go-go, rush-rush of holiday hustle and bustle, taking time to make holiday decorations with kids can be among the sweetest moments of the season. Heat up some cocoa, plug in or download a few carols, and pull out the glitter and glue. Make sparkly treasures kids can show off with pride, along with memories to last a lifetime.

For Thanksgiving: create fun, festive touches and grateful hearts

For Thanksgiving:  create fun, festive touches and grateful hearts
By Anywhere Teacher
November 21, 2016 — Pass the mashed potatoes and stuffing, it’s Turkey Time! Beneath the heaping platters and 10-yardline huddles Thanksgiving holds a beautiful reminder. Laila Gifty Akita, a Ghanaian woman and founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation, said, “Gratitude is the seed of gladness.” What better time to grow joy than the holiday focusing on thankfulness! Help kids count, celebrate, and share their blessings, and in the process, make sweet and lasting memories.

Subscription, non-app learning service reduces cost, enhances portability and ease of access

Subscription, non-app learning service reduces cost, enhances portability and ease of access
By School Zone Staff
November 9, 2016 — Apps are great, but they are platform—and device—specific. What happens when Dad downloads a child’s favorite app to a smartphone to amuse and teach while he cooks dinner, but then the phone needs charging? Or the app is on a tablet, and the tablet gets accidentally left at home during a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s, who only have a desktop internet connection? How about kids of different ages, who want and need different apps?

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