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Free Sensory Storytime Event on 5/30/14

The J.D. McCarty Center will be offering a free Sensory Storytime at the Norman Public Library to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

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Sensory Storytime May 30, 2014

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    Sensory Storytime is an interactive event that can be enjoyed by all children, but is especially designed for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism & other special needs. It combines a book, songs, movement, and activities to engage all five senses in learning. Sensory-friendly aspects include accommodations for seating, lighting, sound, story props / other sensory manipulatives & small group size. This Sensory Storytime event will last approximately 30-45 minutes. If your child has difficulty sitting through a traditional storytime, this inclusive program of stories, songs and activities may be just what you are looking for! Any child ages 4 to 8 years old can attend with a parent/caregiver.

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10:00 am on Friday, May 30, 2014

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Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, Norman, OK, 73069

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The event is FREE and is being provided by Speech-Language Pathologists from the J.D. McCarty Center as part of Better Hearing & Speech Month.  www.jdmc.org

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Printable PDF Flier: Sensory Storytime – May 30, 2014 – Norman Public Library – BHSM

 

register early limited spotsPre-Registration Required: A small group is part of what makes Sensory Storytime effective and engaging for the children participating. Registration is limited to 10 children. Please pre-register for this storytime event online on the Norman Public Library website: http://bit.ly/1l3upGa.

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Visual Social Story for Sensory Storytime at the Norman Public Library:

This is My Library - Norman Public Library - Social Story (click pic to open PDF)

This is My Library – Norman Public Library – Social Story

 

Arrgh Matey…. Pirate-Themed Kids Yoga Lesson Plan Ideas & Adapted Yoga

Arrgh Matey…. looking for activities to keep the Monkey Mind Pirates off your ship this summer? Activities that can be adapted for a wide range of ages, needs & abilities? Follow this OMazing Kids treasure map to find the Isle of Calm and a summer filled with pirate-themed yoga, affirmations, relaxation, crafts & more!

Week 1 of Camp ClapHans at the JD McCarty Center primarily had kids with ADHD. After reading through the campers registration forms, I knew that my usual “storybook” approach to yoga would not be the best choice for the older group of boys at camp that week. So I jumped out of my comfort zone & planned some freestyle yoga storytelling with a little structure based on the Monkey Mind Pirates workbook & CD. As I was setting up, I overheard the boys commenting “yoga is for girls”, “I don’t like yoga”, “Do we have to?”. Fearing a mutiny, I calmed & centered myself with yoga breathing & listening to a few tunes from my playlist as I continued setting up. When I set out the Hoberman Sphere & the Vibratone, two of the boys were drawn like moths to a flame. {Ahhhh….. the magic of yoga props!}. Before I knew it, the rest of the boys were seated on mats intrigued by what we were going to do.

To set the stage for our yoga adventure, I played “Welcome Aboard” by Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate and read this script from the Monkey Mind Pirates in my best “piratey” voice:

We went over the “rules of the ship” with this visual support….. we didn’t want anyone to fall out of the ship or have to walk the plank….. Arrgh!

I also used a visual support to show the kids that we would be breathing through our noses (like smelling a flower) and blowing our breath out through our mouth (like blowing out a candle).

We rolled up our treasure maps…… the key to making this a pleasant experience is to ALWAYS ask permission first. Ask who wants to be rolled up. Most kids love this & it is very calming to them. But some kids are fearful of trying it. In this class, I had two boys who were hesitant to try it. One ended up asking to do it after he saw the others enjoying it. One sat and watched. He kept a look out for Monkey Mind Pirates as the rest rolled up in the maps. By honoring his choice to not be “rolled”, it opened up the door for him to feel comfortable participating in most of the activities later in the class.

wrapped up like a map during yoga

The kids were in charge of how long they wanted to stay rolled up & if they wanted to repeat the activity.

wrapped up like a map for yoga and storytelling

Doing a breathing activity from Monkey Mind Pirates…..

This boy initially insisted he was NOT going to do yoga! He didn’t even want to sit on a mat……. but after a few minutes of watching from afar look who got on the pirate ship and ended up LOVING yoga. In fact, staff reported that later in the week he was one of the ones using the 3 strategies we learned to ward off Monkey Mind Pirates as a means to self-regulate. A great example of how yoga is so much more than just having fun in that moment…… it’s also about helping kids discover tools they can use to feel calm and empowered every day :)

Monkey Mind Pirates wanted posters

Activities & poses on our Monkey Mind Pirates adventure: rolled up treasure maps, Gyan Mudra spyglass, seated twist to look for Monkey Mind Pirates (Sir Winston, Ansel the Antsy & Lady Bronte. I made a “wanted” poster for each Monkey Mind Pirate so they would know what we were looking for. The Monkey Mind Pirates CD comes with some trading card sized pictures but these were too small to see in a group setting. One of the campers asked if the Monkey Mind Pirates were puppets….. gotta love a child with Aspergers Syndrome’s ability to immediately infer that from the wanted poster pictures! I explained that the real Monkey Mind Pirate puppets were sailing elsewhere but we never knew when they might appear. Fortunately he bought my story… or at least humored me and we kept going with our adventure), raise the sail (triangle pose), pirate flag waving in the ocean breeze (crescent moon), setting sail on our pirate ship in search of the treasure in the “Waters of Calm” (boat), sun shining down (breathing activity pictured above), laugher yoga (the tip for taming Winston), breathing (the tip for taming Ansel the Antsy. I added the Hoberman Sphere), 1-2-3 counting breath + mindful listening (the tip for taming Lady Bronte) {we practiced each of the 3 taming tips several times as we sailed. They knew to look out for a Monkey Mind Pirate when I sounded the Vibratone & held up one of the wanted posters. Made my heart smile to see how quickly they remembered & did the tip for each one}, X marks the spot (star), digging for treasure (woodchopper), treasure chest (seated forward fold), gyan mudra gold doubloons, guided relaxation (using the Relaxing on the Beach mp3 from Relax Kids). At first the boys were a little wiggly but they quickly calmed and a couple almost fell asleep. Remember, this was a group of boys with ADHD who rarely experience that level of “calm”. The calmness was so noticeable that the Camp ClapHans assistants asked if I could come do yoga with the boys every night! I reassured them that they had learned the 3 tips for taming Monkey Mind Pirates along with the boys and that they could use the strategies with them throughout the day & night :) Ahhhh…. yes mateys that is the true treasure found in the “Waters of Calm”.

The girls group in Week 1 went on a beach-themed yoga adventure with “Ladybug Girl at the Beach”. I chose NOT to do a “pirate” class with this group since I knew one of the participants very well after having worked with her in outpatient speech-language therapy. This particular child has a VERY difficult time distinguishing between reality and imagination and would often assume alternate personalities. So I was pretty sure the pirate theme might trigger some swashbuckling aggressive behaviors in her. I also did NOT pass any props (Hoberman Sphere & Vibratone) in this class since this particular child has a history of damaging things. Of course the girls group had no idea that I had chosen a different theme for that reason and LOVED the adventures of Ladybug Girl. (I’ll be including yoga ideas for that book in a summer-themed post soon). The reason I share this is to remind folks that knowing info about kids before doing lesson planning will help guide you in making good choices in customizing a class to best match those kids’ needs.

Ladybug Girl looking out at the big waves in the ocean through the Gyan Mudra binoculars (FYI…. this is not the child I was describing above. She was one of the other campers. It made my heart smile to see how well she already knew how to do yoga! When she saw the seagull in the book she spontaneously went into Pigeon Pose….. one that I have a difficult time getting into myself.)

Week 2 of Camp ClapHans primarily had kids with physical disabilities. Because I had reviewed camp registration forms & knew several of the kids from seeing them as outpatients as JDMC, I chose a book that would lend itself well to these kids developmental levels, interests & physical needs. I played “The Porpoises and the Pirate Ship” by Brent Holmes & “Welcome Aboard” by Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate as I set up for the group to set the scene. We still did a pirate theme. But this time it was all with seated poses with the book “There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish” by Jennifer Ward. The kids chose whether they wanted to stay in their wheelchair or get down on a mat with a camp assistant to support them.

{Note for SLP’s: The repeated & cumulative lines, big vivid illustrations & humorous descriptive vocabulary has made “There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish” a new “fave” to use in speech-language therapy! I scanned the pirate & cut out his lower teeth to make room to “feed” him & made story props for each item he swallows in the story. These are also great to use for receptive & expressive language, sequencing & story retelling. For kids yoga, I wrote pose ideas on the back of each one with a fine-tipped permanent marker after I laminated them. The prop on the far right is for the repeated line “Yo Ho Ho! Watch his belly grow!”. It’s great to attach to a BigMack or other single message voice output communication aide (VOCA) for kids with minimal verbal skills to be able to participate in “reading” the repeating line. Get the free printable story props in this PDF: There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish story props}

{Update: 7/4/13: The illustrator, Steve Gray, generously posted a couple of illustrations on my Facebook page to use as coloring sheets after the author contacted him: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151554767913845&set=o.174264525957894&type=1&theater & https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151554766543845&set=o.174264525957894&type=1&theater.

There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish – coloring sheets

Ok on to what we did in yoga…. This child is doing the pose for the pirate ship mast (a seated version of mountain pose with hands up and together for a tall, straight mast). It made my heart smile to see him using his iPad to tell his outpatient PT at JDMC that he wanted to go back to camp this week :)

It’s fine to take a rest on the pirate ship…….

Blimey but that fish was slimey!

Adapted activities & poses specifically chosen for this group of kids (all were done while kids were seated in whatever position was comfortable for them): ocean breath, gyan mudra spyglass, pirate (“Arrgh” breath + moving fist across midline on each side), fish (clasped hands together at midline & wiggled them in a modified sign for “fish”), blimey that fish was slimey (palming to wipe off the fish slime), “yo ho ho watch his belly grow” belly breathing w/ Hoberman Sphere (this is a repeated line at the end of each page), bird (stretch arms behind like wings), treasure map (roll arms around each other forwards & then back), gyan mudra gold doubloons, treasure chest (seated forward fold), plank (seated cross crawl, foot stomping or patting on legs as “footsteps” depending on that child’s ability to move their lower extremities), sail (seated side bends as a modified version of triangle), mast (a seated version of mountain pose with hands up and together for a tall, straight mast), pirate ship (boat with lots of support from that child’s camp assistant. The two boys in wheelchairs had a recline feature on their chair so they were able to participate). Because all the poses were done seated, they flowed easily as we repeated them through the cumulative story. I paused at key times to see what the kids would remember……. so fun the see their delight at remembering the word + pose. At the end of the book we sank to the bottom of the deep blue sea like the pirate in the book with a guided relaxation (using the Under the Sea story from the Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids book with the Pirate Ship sound from the Relaxing Sounds Of Nature Lite free app (gentle sounds of a pirate ship creaking, waves & seagulls) and a weighted fish toy to ride on the waves of each child’s breath). After relaxation we listened to the song “Seven C’s” by Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate and talked about the “courage” it took for them to come to camp and try so many new things (if you haven’t heard this song yet you should….. a really cool way to incorporate some yamas/niyamas into a pirate themed class! “there’s COURTESY, COMPASSION and a bit of COURAGE too. With CLEANLINESS and CLEVENESS they’re good for me and you. Plus CHEERFULNESS and CHARITY now that makes Seven C’s.…”). We used a gold doubloon & treasure chest prop to talk about treasures inside each of us. As each child said or signed what they were good at or liked about themselves, they added a gold doubloon to the treasure chest. I left an “I’m more precious than gold coin affirmation” page with the camp assistants to offer to the kids during their journaling time later that day so they could write or draw additional things about themselves and their new camp friends.

These were just 30-minute classes so we didn’t have time to do a pirate-themed craft. But I found several online that would be fun to do. See this printable for the coins & treasure chest we used plus more fun ideas: Pirate coin affirmation printables, crafts, activities & coloring pages

Piratey Playlist:

  • Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate CD
  • Monkey Mind Pirates CD
  • Sea Tunes for Kids CD by Brent Holmes
  • Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Swashbuckling Sea Songs CD
  • Disney’s Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me) Instrumental by George Bruns
  • Rockin’ & Rollin’ On the Ocean by John Archambault & David Plummer
  • A Yogi Went to Sea by Kidding Around Yoga
  • Reiki Whale Song CD by Kamal (lots of great songs featuring whale sounds for relaxation)
  • Pirate Ship sound from the Relaxing Sounds Of Nature Lite free app
  • Plus I have lots of songs about individual ocean animals to use if needed

Please remember to keep kids individual sensory needs, developmental level, interests, etc… in mind when choosing particular music to use in a class.

I purposefully did not bring any pirate swords or hooks since those would naturally lead to kids wanting to have swashbuckling sword fights.

I’d love to hear your ideas for more “pirate yoga”! Feel free to leave a comment below or on the OMazing Kids Facebook page :)

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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Assistance for tornado victims with special needs in Oklahoma – call the JD McCarty Center

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In response to yesterday’s tornado, the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, the J. D. McCarty Center, Action Seating and Mobility and other healthcare providers in the area, are coming together to assist children and adults with special needs who are affected.

If you have a specialized piece of mobility or medical equipment that has been damaged or destroyed by the tornado, call the J. D. McCarty Center at (405) 307-2800, and ask to speak to someone in DME triage. They will help you get equipment repaired or obtain loaner equipment, while arrangements for permanent replacement equipment can be made.

If you have a child with special needs and need temporary assistance in caring for that child please contact the McCarty Center and ask to speak to someone in social work.

The J.D. McCarty Center is located at 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

 

2013 Summer Groups at the JD McCarty Center

The JD McCarty Center has some exciting therapy groups available this summer:

updated summer group flier

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

Printable PDF Flier: Summer 2013 therapy groups (updated)

register early limited spotsLimited spots are available, so register early! To register, call Roxy Engel at (405) 307-2815.

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If you have questions about the yoga group, feel free to e-mail me at amoorad@jdmc.org.

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities (http://www.jdmc.org/)

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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Free Storytime Event at the JD McCarty Center on 5/18/13

The J.D. McCarty Center is offering a FREE storytime event for children in the community to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

It's Not a Box

This event will feature a story, children’s yoga, a creative snack & a cooperative play activity. Come let your imagination run wild! The center’s Speech-Language Pathology department is hosting the event.

FREE storytime event for kids in Pre-K to 2nd grade featuring the book “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis. It is an inclusive event open to kids of all abilities.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

Printable PDF Flier: JDMC Not a Box Free Storytime Event for BHSM 5-18-13

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register early limited spotsLimited spots are available, so register early! To sign up, call Tiffany Sullivan at (405) 573-5336 or e-mail tsullivan@jdmc.org by May 13, 2013.

Registration is open for the 2013 Camp ClapHans Summer Camp @ JDMC

Summer 2013 Camp ClapHans at JDMC

Registration is now open for the new Camp ClapHans Summer Camp for kids ages 8-16 with special needs starting this summer at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma!

Camp ClapHans is a series of five-day overnight camp sessions for children with special needs. 2013 camp dates are:

  • June 9 – June 14: “Dances with Campers” Serving children with a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • June 16 – June 21: “Tales and Legends” Serving children with a physical disability.
  • June 23 – June 28: “Voices of the Wind” Serving children who use alternative methods to communicate.
  • July 7 – July 12: “Heart of the Wild” Serving children with a diagnosis of autism or intellectual disabilities.
  • July 14 – July 19: “Beat of a Different Drum” Serving children with sensory issues.
  • July 21 – July 26: “Spirit of the Harvest” Serving children with feeding disorders and aversions.

Each session begins Sunday afternoon and ends Friday afternoon. Camp sessions are limited to 12 campers.

The camp is located at the J.D. McCarty Center next to an 11-acre lake in Norman, Oklahoma. It features two cabins and an activities building. Campers and counselors will sleep in large, wheelchair accessible, climate controlled cabins. Each camper will be assigned to a counselor with a camper/counselor ratio of 1-to-1. Campers’ medical needs will be overseen by nurses and an on-call physician.

Campers will have the chance to try activities such as:

  • Horseback riding
  • Yoga  (I am scheduled to teach OMazing Kids yoga classes on Thursdays & Fridays of each camp session)
  • Archery
  • Arts and crafts
  • Swimming
  • Challenge course
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Other activities include campfires for storytelling, dutch oven cooking and s’mores. We also have movie nights and stargazing.

In addition, Camp ClapHans will focus on social skills. Campers will get the chance to learn and practice successful social interactions with peers in small and large groups. These activities will include initiating conversations, taking turns, social boundaries and practicing courtesy.

Registration info, scholarship info & forms:

2013 Camp ClapHans Catalog & Registration Forms

For more information, contact Camp Director Megan Stanek at (405) 307-2814 or at mstanek@jdmc.org. For information on volunteering at the camp, contact Jennifer Giamelle at (405) 573-5342 or at jgiamelle@jdmc.org

Camp ClapHans website: http://www.campclaphans.com/ (currently under construction)

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities (http://www.jdmc.org/)
Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2
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OMazing Kids Yoga at the JD McCarty Center in Spry Living Magazine

Wow! Imagine my surprise to be reading the daily Google Alert for “kids yoga” and see my name. Totally humbled that they would publish this. The picture is of two of our inpatients, Maria Bratton a fellow SLP who helps lead our therapeutic yoga group & me:

Here is the link to the article in Spry Living online: http://www.spryliving.com/articles/vip-sharing-yoga-benefits-with-kids/

(PS. While they did get a couple of the facts a little off, including my age, it is true that I don’t do much yoga personally….. mainly the breathing & some gently poses. It’s what works for me & my busy schedule :) )

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist at the JD McCarty Center in Norman, Oklahoma (http://www.jdmc.org/)

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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Sibshops @ the JD McCarty Center in Norman, OK

The J.D. McCarty Center will be hosting Sibshops in Norman, Oklahoma.

Flier (1-page PDF): http://omazingkidsyoga.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/norman-sibshop-flyer-2012-2013-2.pdf

Norman Sibshops are coming back for their 3rd year. They are continuing a journey of celebrating awesome and wonderful siblings of those with special needs. Past and new siblings are welcome to attend!

Sibshops are a great program where brothers and sisters will:

  • Meet other brothers and sisters of children with special needs
  • Have FUN
  • Talk with others who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good) parts of having a sibling with special needs
  • Learn more about disabilities and the services that people with disabilities receive
  • Have some more FUN!

* Learn more about the origins and philosophy of Sibshops by visiting the Sibling Support Project website at http://www.siblingsupport.org/

6-9 Year Old Siblings will meet

10:00AM – 1:00PM

  • September 15, 2012
  • November 17, 2012
  • February 16, 2013
  • April 20, 2013

10-13 Year Old Siblings will meet

10:00AM – 1:00PM

  • October 20, 2012
  • November 17, 2012
  • March 9, 2013
  • April 20, 2013

*Dates Subject to Change.

Each Sibshop is $6 per child or $20 per child for all four sessions (lunch included). For multiple siblings, they offer a sibling discount; the cost will be $15 for each additional sibling if all sessions paid up front. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Kerri Brooks for more information at 405-249-1925 or email at normansibshops@gmail.com.

J.D. McCarty Center, 2002 E. Robinson St., Norman, OK 73071

For more information and to register, call Kerri Brooks at 405-249-1925 or email at normansibshops@gmail.com.

Norman Sibshops are proudly sponsored by the J.D. McCarty Center, the Oklahoma Developmental Disability Council, the Oklahoma Family Network, Sooner SUCCESS, the Sooner Bowling Alley and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma

FYI…. I will not be at any of the Sibshops…. just sharing the info to help spread the word :)

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

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The Day After……. Resilience

It’s the day after a much anticipated game. All the hype….. all the hopes….. all the expectations. The game doesn’t turn out as you had hoped. Now what? 

Times like these are opportunities to learn/teach/practice “resilience”. Kids watch and learn from the adults & caregivers in their lives. Do I focus on the disappointment of the loss or do I celebrate all the victories and accomplishments that put us in the position to be able to play in that game? Life is all about perspective & choices.

Here is one of my favorite quotes on resilience (from “Socially Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children” by Nefertiti Bruce & Karen B. Cairone):

Kids with special needs often face challenges & obstacles bigger than most of us could imagine. One of the best skills we can teach them is resilience & persistence. I am inspired every day by the kids I work with at the JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities. Many of the kids at JDMC are big OKC Thunder Basketball fans and will learn much from watching how the players bounce back from the disappointing loss last night.

Having been born, raised & lived in Oklahoma my whole life, it has been inspiring to see the recent change in perspective in Oklahoma. Oklahomans have always had a strong sense of pioneer spirit & persistence but our self-image as a state was pretty poor…… the whole “dust-bowl” image didn’t help things.  It has been inspiring to see folks in our state rally around our pro basketball team and for Oklahoma to be portrayed in a positive way in the national media.  Thunder players we love y’all and our kids are looking to you for a great example of resilience :)

More info about teaching kids resilience:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resilience.aspx

http://www.healthychildren.org/english/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/pages/Building-Resilience-in-Children.aspx

http://www.raisingresilientkids.com/resources/articles/can_do.html

http://www.amazon.com/Socially-Strong-Emotionally-Secure-Activities/dp/0876593325

Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

E-Mail: amoorad1@juno.com

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JDMC Kids Thunder Up!!

The JD McCarty Center kids send a message to their favorite basketball team….

Their biggest wish this summer is to meet the Thunder players! Please help make their wish come true :)  Thunder Up!  Contact: mbratton@jdmc.org.
For info about JDMC: http://www.jdmc.org/

Watch the video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1ARw0GlY60

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