A Special Rock

A kindergarten child ran out of the class recently heading for the playground when he discovered his teacher did not bring his special rock into the class after recess. I went outside to help the teacher who was with him. At first he was reluctant to come close to us...

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

This year Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is November 19-23.Schools across the region will be planning initiatives and activities to promote respect, empathy for others, to build awareness and prevention of bullying and mistreatment. Various activities have...

“Change your Words, Change your Mindset”

I saw this title while working as a school principal and felt that it applied directly to CPS and how we think of challenging behaviour. If we change the words we use to describe the behaviour then we change the way we see the person. As a result we will respond in a...

Teach Your Kids, Don’t Spank Them

Recently The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement strengthening its opposition to corporal punishment of children. Many commentators and parents have strong opinions regarding this issue. Often their opinion is based on their own personal...

Ignore For Now, Deal With Later

Parents and teachers need to be careful not to inadvertently, be the cause of, or exacerbate, a child’s challenging behaviour. A child who behaves this way has some lagging skills although the actions of the adult caregiver can help calm or further disregulate the...

Staying Calm Helps the Child

Golf is a sport that frustrates every player. Regardless of your age or skill at some point you will feel some level of anxiety. You may even use some colourful language to describe how you feel. With most adults the frustration and anger ends after each drive, chip...