Play: It’s More Than Therapy ~ Join Us February 2014

PLAYScotland and England, here we come! Working on dates now for Play: It’s more than therapy. Next stop, Indiana February 4-7, 2014 PLAY Merrillville, Fort Wayne, Carmel, Evansville, Indiana. There is still time to sign-up call PESI 1-800-844-8260.

In this applied play therapy presentation we explore the current neuroscientific underpinnings of child development, communication, social-emotional skills, and behavior with an emphasis on how play therapy enhances executive function, metacognition and daily functioning.

Moving beyond theory and into practice, clinicians will learn the brain-based reasons why and how play therapy works. Reviewing over 20 play therapy tools and techniques clinicians will have the opportunity to create their own written play therapy methodologies with an ability to articulate what they do and why they do it, from the perspective of brain science. By delving into the meaning of narrative communication, social skill development and academic enhancement, we will broaden the landscape of therapeutic interventions in play therapy for ADHD, SPD, OCD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, anxiety, trauma and depression. Here is the ppt for download with over 100 books, resources, products and play concepts.

Dr. Lynne is bringing brain-based interventions to clinicians, teachers and parents worldwide. Is she speaking in your city?

Neurocognitive Training Jan 15-17, 2014 #Boston

Can’t wait to see Boston area teachers, psychologists, school psychs, PTs, OTs, PTs, parents and SLPs for CE ~ Neurocognitive Interventions for Behavior and Learning Jan 15-17, 2014. We’ll dance, sing and learn about brain development. There is still time to sign-up call 800-844-8260.

January 15-17, 2014 Practical Brain Based Dedham, Natick, Woburn
February 4-7, 2014 PLAY Merrillville, Fort Wayne, Carmel, Evansville, Indiana
April 28-30, 2014 Practical Brain-Based Kansas City, Columbia and St Louis MO

Boston PESI

My Very Own School (ages 3-6) #Free Printable

MVOS CoverEver since I worked in the inner city of Los Angeles back in the 1980′s I have interacted with parents who wish to introduce routines, schedules and enrichment into the lives of their little ones but they are not quite sure how to. Back then I was working in schools and I observed that in Kindergarten children were coming together in circle time to learn what their day had planned. Then they were off to Centers, Outdoor Play and more. The children delighted in knowing what was next. It gave them a sense of mastery throughout their day.  The visual aspect of seeing their daily schedule helped their brains to preview and plan.

So I wrote an 18-page handout called My Very Own School for families as a resource to help them with daily scheduling. When Wendy Young and I wrote Bloom: Helping children blossom, I took the time to transfer the MVOS handout into a printable I have been using with families in my practice. MVOS offers ideas about the order of events during the day along with resources to find quality enrichment activities. download it, use it, change it, improve it and adapt it to your own family. For more on the importance of daily routines, schedules and rhythms see The Family Coach Method. Enjoy!

My Very Own School Jan 2014 v 1 CLICK ON LINK TO DOWNLOAD FOR FREE. Share, share, share It’s Free.

The Confident Mom 2014 Planner is FREE!


Ring in the New Year as a productive, stress-free mom! The 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner provides you with a list of household tasks to do each day, all year long! The tasks can be accomplished in 3 to 30 minutes…and it feels so good when you cross an item off your list as com- pleted! I highly recommend this planner! It is beautifully designed, simple to follow and keeps us moms on track. Oh, and now it’s customizable! Grab it and use it starting today. You’ll be happy you did!

Back To School: An Organized Home Sets Your Family Up For Success! #Bloom

With the plethora of valuable websites now a days, all one has to do it type “back to school tips” in the google search bar and your off and running. As a pediatric Psychologist who works in the homes of wonderful families with challenging children, I wish to help you clean out your home before school begins. WHAT? You may be saying, “I have clothing and supplies to purchase, back to school night and more.” But I promise you, if you take a day or two to get your home in order, your school year will go so much smoother! For more in-depth exploration of establishing a home environment in which your child can thrive check out #Bloom.

Start the year off with a fresh clean well-organized home.  It’s quite difficult for children to clear the summer cobwebs out of their brains and dive into the school-year ready-to-learn if they live in a messy home.  If your home is a mess there’s likely a good reason, it may be that you live in overwhelm with ADHD, you may resist throwing things away due to a touch of OCD or you may just have other things you’d rather do, like write parenting articles. Hmm, who’s like that?

Organizing the #Bloom Way ~ HERE WE GO!

Step 1:  Visually scan your space. Right now, from where you are sitting simply look around. Where does it feel organized? What feels cluttered? Is your home a setting in which you feel your family finds peace and can thrive?

Step 2:  Consider what changes you would like in the space. What do you see with your own eyes that you’d like to change? If you are doing the ten minute at a time method, that’s where you start. Each day. Super simple, eh?

Let’s consider planning for longer-term organization.  When you think about improving the organization of your home, which rooms come to mind? Are you thinking kitchen, laundry room, and kid’s rooms? What about drawers, study areas and that old garage.

Step 3:  Make a plan. Getting organized is about getting out of thinking, ruminating, worrying and procrastinating and into taking action. Consider to help you with your organizing needs.

  1. Make a list of areas you want to work on in priority order
  2. Start with the areas that bother you the most
  3. Write down exactly what you’d like to be better about the specific room
  4. List major areas of change for each room
  5. Draw out placement of large items
  6. Do a quick survey of storage items that you may wish to bring into your environment
  7. Write down which spaces you will work on which day
  8. Create a checklist for each room so that you’ll be able to monitor and celebrate your success
  9. Keep your notes in ONE binder
  10. Keep notes of all that you do, so you can maintain your success over time

Step 4:  Engage the Tribe.

  • Get help: Friends, family, neighbors, your kids
  • Make it a family game or activity, assign one room to each kid, play “Trading Spaces”
  • Designate family relationship rewards – When we finish a room we will go for a bike ride, or paint a picture or have a BAR-B-Q
  • Take note of every 10-minute block you and your friends work to re-engineer your home (you’ll be amazed at what you can do!)
  • Finish one project before starting another

Step 5: You have to discard stuff you don’t use to clear out the clutter.  I know it’s hard.


  • When did I use this last?
  • When will I use it again?
  • Do I really need more then one of certain items?
  • Do I know someone who will get better use out of it?
  • Does it work? Is it worth repairing?
  • Does it fit RIGHT NOW?
  • If I am going to keep it, does it belong where I found it?
  • How hard would it be to replace it in the future if I needed it?

Step 6: Use storage items you already own to group by category and item.

  • Use baby food jars for nuts, screws, paper clips, loose change, etc.
  • Use film canisters for pins, buttons, tacks, etc.
  • Use old Tupperware
  • Use extra silverware trays
  • Use hooks
  • Use tape
  • Use old shoe boxes
  • Use clean pasta sauce jars
  • Use hat boxes
  • Use jewelry boxes
  • Line bathroom drawers with hand towels for easy clean-up

Step 7: Enjoy newly organized spaces.

So happy to see you taking charge of your living space. You’ll love your newly organized home and your school year will be off to a much brighter start!

If you’re motivated for more visit, and read Meryl Starr’s The Home Organizing Workbook and The Personal Organizing Workbook.

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You don’t have to pull your hair out #StresslessSummer

This summer, we teamed up with experts to bring you solutions and strategies for a Stressless Summer. In years past, moms and dads have told us, “There is no vacation in summer, it’s a lot more work.” We totally understand, there are moments where moms and dads feel exhausted. We work hard all year, many of us even work hard all summer, and each of us deserves to find a little holiday joy in the breathing time between school years. Here are some valuable ideas from experts around the world to help you bring the summer fun to your home.

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Sue Atkins @sueatkins

Nurture yourself this summer and always LINK

Wendy Young @kidlutions

Smile more stress less LINK

Naomi Richards @thekidscoach

It’s not to late to plan fun activities, rain or shine.  LINK

Vivian Sabel @viviensabel

Fun = Simplicity LINK

Happy Family Superfoods @HAPPYsuperfoods

Summer Fun Printable ~ 50 activities LINK

Lynne Kenney

Your daily health organizer Free Printable LINK

E A Stewart @thespicyrd

Nutritious recipes for family health LINK

Emily Roberts and Neurogistics @EmilyRobertsLPC @neurogistics

Hydrate for Happiness LINK

Eight simple ways to feel stressfree this summer LINK

We had thousands of shares on FB, pinterest and twitter of this helpful information, we’d like to thank you for caring and our experts and friends for sharing.

@cutemonsterdad @weleda @lorilite @mommyperks @lrknost @louiseasl @themotherco @kiboomu @nutritionistjan @braininsights @movingsmartnow @lrknost_author @angellebatten @littlejots #stresslesssummer #HFstresslesssummer

#StresslessSummer Your Daily Health Organizer #Free Printable

Recently, we were on holiday as a family and I found it so easy to exercise and eat well every day. We were on relaxation speed. But when we got home it was back to chasing horses at 7 am, writing til noon, phone calls, radio shows etc. Whoa! Where did all that health fly to? So yesterday I made a little daily health sheet for our fridge to bring fitness front-of-mind. I thought you all might enjoy it as well.  Wendy Young @kidlutions, I and all our colleagues on the #StresslessSummer series ~ @TheSpicyRD, @HAPPYsuperfoods, Sue Atkins @sueatkins, Naomi Richards @thekidscoach, @neurogistics, Emily Roberts @EmilyRobertsLPC, Maria Freeman @littlejots, Deb McNelis @braininsights, Victoria @HMMilitary, Jan Katzen @nutritionistjan, Kelly Cairns @kellycairns and more wish you a happy, healthy summer!

Bloom Health Org


#ADHD #EF Skill Development for Children and Adults #NC Resources

It’s a cool breezy day in North Carolina. I am pleased to be here talking with colleagues about executive function and cognitive-motor interventions for children, teens and adults with ADHD. Thank you warmly to all! I promised you all a few things.

1. Here is the slide show if you wish to download it to view it better. ADHD & EF LINK

2. We review a lot of practical strategies in this day long workshop. Many of the printables can be found on my pinterest.

3. Here is Freedomland from The Family Coach Method. The Family Coach Method is available in book and kindle formats.

4. If you have have families with children ages 3-10. Here is The Family Coach Starter Pack.  I take it to family homes the first day and we start to talk about the family culture, then we build a pond of better behavior in which to fish.  TFCM Starter Pack AUG 2012.

5. Here is a printable to help us teach specific skill sets by scaffolding, chunking and spelling out the discrete parts of the task.

For more explore this blog, you can search topics such as nutrition, ADHD, EF and more on the right hand side of the page.  Have a lovely day! For more on developing skill sets see our NEW BOOK Bloom. Get your KINDLE version HERE.


What? You have 12 children! How do you parent a tribe? Part II

On Parenting a Tribe

Ask me how many children I have. I’ll say, “Are you sitting down?”

It’s not that I think you’ll faint. It’s that I’m trying to prepare your ears for hearing the very large number I’m about to mention. That would be twelve.

You heard right. I have twelve children. There were no multiple births—just eight sons and four daughters, each born approximately two years apart from the last baby.

As magic tricks go, it’s not really magic. It’s more like biology. I’d venture to state, however, that on days I’m coping really well, it is kind of magical—or at the very least: miraculous. Did I mention I work full time as a communications writer for

Where I live, large families are the norm. That allows me a window on the art of raising an outsized clan. I have observed that large families vary greatly by nature. Some are harried, while others epitomize grace under pressure. Priorities too, differ from household to household.

In some homes, schoolwork tops the list of priorities. A mother or father may not care very much about the appearance of the home. Family members may be hard-pressed to find a clean pair of matching socks when getting dressed for work or for school. The children, however, always pull down top-notch grades.

Here, a choice is made. The parents choose to devote their time to educational pursuits with their children. But of necessity, something has to give, and that is an ordered household. These parents choose grades over order and have found a balance that works for them. To them, mess and chaos might as well be invisible.

At the other end of the spectrum is the large family home that could pass the white glove test. You can eat off the floor. The children, meanwhile, are left to their own devices in terms of their schoolwork. Here the operative standard is that an orderly home leads to sane work habits and academic success.

I watch these two types of households in practice and feel that neither of them really expresses my sensibilities. Order and cleanliness are as important to me as the academic success of my children. I want both.

With some trial and error, I have found my own household balance by applying common sense to personal management decisions. For example, I don’t thrill to the idea of dust kittens under the beds, but I can live with them for the short term. Food preparation surfaces in my kitchen, however, have to be scrupulously clean as do bathrooms.

Spotless laundry is another household task I deem critical. I have always believed in the maxim that clothes make the man (or woman). I want my family to look good. I also want to ensure my family never has to find the least dirty pair of socks in the hamper to put on in the morning. I try never to fall behind with the laundry.

In picking and choosing which household tasks to prioritize, I leave room for helping my children with their homework and spending leisure time with them, too. I may not spend as much time with my kids on their schoolwork as the mother next door, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. I think that kids will learn how to learn given a limited amount of guidance and encouragement. I don’t want to micromanage their learning. I only want to give them good study habits.

In finding workable solutions, I include my relationship with my spouse. To me, this is also part of parenting.  I want my children to see a marriage in good working order. I want them to have easy access to an example of spousal harmony right at home.

I can see where to someone else, all this may seem like just too much management. But it works just fine for us. My house is reasonably neat and my kids are near the top of their classes. I think the main issue in raising a family, whether large or small, is found in discovering the balance that works for you.

Varda Epstein is a mother of 12 children, a blogger, and a communications writer at Kars4Kids, the car donation charity.

What? You have 12 children! How do you parent a tribe? PART I

For the past three years, I have been working with an international writer for whom I have developed a frallegial fondness. Her name is Varda Epstein, she is a writer/editor for parenting/educational editorial content. We have worked on a few educational pieces together and more recently, she became a communications writer for Kars4kids a non-profit that supports children’s education and activities.

Now, a side note. Even though I have the good fortune of traveling in the US and even to Europe to speak about Cognitive-Motor interventions for children with #ADHD, #SPD #OCD etc, write books and Play Math with children, my primary job is mom (actually, chauffeur).

The activity I spend more time doing than anything else at this stage is driving our children and their friends to their preferred activities.  My car usually looks like this.

Even though I only bore two children, there are usually 7 kids in my car. On weekends there are teens strewn on the couch in the upstairs loft.  My husband is a saint. He embraces the chaos but always calls for the scoop, so he can prepare himself,  before he pulls into the drive-way, “Where’s the herd?” Our teens travel as a herd everywhere, our 14 year old is the lead mare. My husband I consider ourselves, wranglers:). We live a happy, sometimes hectic life, for which I have deep gratitude.

So, back to the story (now the context will make some sense). One day Varda and I are passing editorial back and forth and there is a new byline at the bottom. It says, mother of 12. My defensive (limbic) brain thinks in a flash how much it would hurt to bear 12 children, so I rationalize, “Varda, must be a step-mom.” The next email is a direct hit. “Varda, do you really have 12 kids?” “Ah, you noticed,” she replied. Then, like a teenager I required clarification, “Did those 12 children come out of your body?”  “Indeed they did, it’s biology,” Varda quipped. Without hesitation, I asked her, “How do you parent a tribe?”  This is her answer.


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