Tina Pratt Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!

Sensory Table Fun

Our sensory table is by far the “toy” most loved and used by my children in our house. Sensory tables can provide hours of play and provide an opportunity for every kiddo to feel successful. While using a sensory table, kids are building their language, social, fine and gross motor skills. Sensory tables can be… Read more »

Mom Report: Bear Paddle

My son is very cautious around water. A couple of years ago he had a swim incident that scared both him and I. (Not at Bear Paddle!) We quickly switched him to a different facility for swim lessons, but after a while he hit a plateau. Then I started seeing ads for Bear Paddle Swim… Read more »

Mom Report: Drake Planetarium

“Here are nine planets that we know. Round and round the Sun they go. Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, These are the planets near our star. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, too. Neptune, Pluto, we can’t see you. These are the nine planets that we know. Round and round the Sun they go.” My son and I… Read more »

Tips and Tricks: Visual Supports

Often I feel when people hear “visual supports,” they think of an intervention for kids with special needs. Yes, visual supports are great for kids with special needs, but they are also great for EVERYONE!  Think about it. On a daily basis you are bombarded with visual supports and you probably don’t even realize it… Read more »

Mom Report: Pinot’s Palette

Looking to take your child on a relaxing date full of learning opportunities? Check out Pinot’s Palette! Pinot’s Palette is a great place for a night out with friends, a date night with your hubby (my husband had a great time going with me!), or some special bonding time with your kiddo! My most recent… Read more »

Mom Report: Barnes & Noble Story Times

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are great friends until they realize that there is ONLY ONE DROP left of maple syrup. Adults and children were giggling throughout the entire food fight. Barnes & Noble does a great job of highlighting new books with a read aloud followed by activities for kids to do. Our most… Read more »

When Kindergarten Looms

One by one I slowly complete each page of my son’s kindergarten registration forms. How is it time for this? Where has the time gone? My eyes well up with tears as I question, did I make the most of these last 5 years? Is he ready? I know the answers to these questions, but… Read more »

Mom Report: Calling All LEGO Lovers!

  Calling all LEGO lovers! Each month the LEGO store offers two afternoons/evenings of FREE LEGO mini-builds at the store. Quantities are limited, so you must register online to participate. You register your kiddo for a specific 15 minute slot of time. When your child is done building they get to take the mini-model home… Read more »

Creating a Concept of Time

One of the easiest to use and often underused behavior intervention tools is a timer.  They are easy to use, easy to transport, and you can use them for just about anything!  There are many different types of timers including: visual, sand/hourglass, egg, task (based on amount of tasks completed vs. elapsed time), and countdown…. Read more »

Special Camps for Special Kids

Summer’s a great time for kids to experience camp — and kids with special needs are no exception. With summer just a few months away, book your child’s adventure NOW. Here are some local options.

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