EAP for ADD (Part 2): Understanding Brainwaves

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What Are Brainwaves? The term brainwaves refers to a series of electrochemical impulses created by your brain. Your brain basically operates like a large battery. It uses a combination of specific chemicals and electrical impulses to create a pattern of communication between the cells in your brain. Brainwaves look different depending on what your brain […]

EAP for ADD (Part 1): What Is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy?

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Living with ADD/ADHD can be extremely difficult. People with ADD/ADHD often do not have a self-monitoring “filter” that allows them to think about how what they say will be received before they utter it. As a result, individuals with ADD/ADHD often hear a great deal of criticism, such as, “stop interrupting,” “be quiet,” and “can’t […]

Autism Series #3: How to Get Your Child to “Makini”

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Yep, another Swahili word. Can you guess what it means? Yeah- it means pay attention. I guess parents all over the world deal with this. So, how do you get your neurodiverse child to pay attention? How do you help that child file things in memory in such a way that it can be retrieved? […]

Autism Series #2: Why Does My Child Seem to Not Pay Attention to Me?

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at·ten·tion/əˈten(t)SH(ə)n/noun 1. notice taken of someone or something; the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important.2. the action of dealing with or taking special care of someone or something.(Definitions from Oxford Languages) If your child has trouble “paying attention,” it might lead to some problems. If a child is not doing what he […]

Autism Series #1: Why Does My Child Repeat Things?

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Why does my child repeat things? Some people call this Echolalia. What is Echolalia? Meaningless repetition of another person’s spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk This is not the same as an autistic child repeating words or phrases. Why? There are two predominant reasons. […]

Growth Mindset Kids Learning Activity #1: I AM

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I AM Did you know that in ancient Greek, the word Dei means “I AM” in English? Well, we have a little horse named Dei here at TROT. And Dei is lots of really cool things. Here is an example of the TROT “Dei” horse. We put our hand in paint and pressed it onto […]

Parent Guide: 9 Tips for When Kids Ask Questions

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Parents, do the constant questions get to you? Parenting involves living through parts of your child’s development that consist of “why?” at least 45 times a day. Sometimes we feel so frustrated by the constant barrage of questions that we either 1) don’t know the answer to, or 2) don’t have time to answer. But, […]

Kids Learning Activity: Ask, Don’t Assume!

One of the four principles Don Miguel Ruiz writes about is “never assume, always ask.” Many of us don’t ask questions because we think it will make us sound stupid. But, according to Ruiz, asking questions “prevents miscommunication, doubt, mistrust and conflict in relationships.” So… Questions are never stupid Have you ever heard the saying […]

Growth Mindset Kids Learning Activity #2: You Can Do It!

You Can Do It Activity

Parents, We all want our children to succeed in whatever they choose to do in life. Most kids really don’t know what they want to do until they hit their twenties, sometimes thirties. But we push them through school, straight into college, and into a job, all before they really know what they want to […]

What Is Neurodiversity?

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Neurodiversity is not a new idea. Neurodiversity is a term coined by Judy Singer in the late 1990s. She rejected the idea the people with autism were “disabled.” It went from being used in the ASD community to the ADHD/ADD community, and on to other areas of neurological research. The concept of neurodiversity is backed […]