Entries by Jennifer Cassell

(2014) Passionate about Helping Kids with SPD, with Kelly Jurecko

September, at SPD Parent Zone.

“I do want parents to know that there is no blame to take for this. That everyone loves their own child more than anything in the world, and you are already doing things for the child’s benefit. I want parents to know that they are GOOD parents, and it’s just a neurological issue that makes the child unable to do things that people expect.”

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(2012) Moving Experiences that Will Last a Lifetime

Co-authored with Joye Newman in “Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders’ Magazine Since 1978,” Vol. 34, Issue 1, No. 203, January/February

It’s 50 degrees and raining outside. The playground is all mud and puddles. The morning has just begun, and the preschoolers are full of energy. You, like most early childhood educators, want to give your young students a leg up and a head start in reading and other academic endeavors. So, how do you use this time? Do you:

  1. Set up your four-year-olds at the computers to play the latest ‘educational’ video games?
  2. Conduct a longer-than-usual Circle Time?
  3. Bring out the flashcards and try to entice the kids to call out quick answers?
  4. Take your children outside to splash in the puddles?

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