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Michelle Bless

Michelle Bless

About Michelle Bless

Stay-at-home mommy and graduate student. I am the parent of a special-needs child with autism, so I understand the needs of parents and students alike. I've worked in education and therapy for over 15 years.

Michelle Bless

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Perceptual Motor Skill Development

Perceptual motor development is the ability of a child to combine movement with cognitive understanding, and is based on the works of Piaget, Gesell and Motessori. Children who develop adept perceptual motor skills are more likely to have body and mind awareness. Playing games with your child to de ...

Activities for Special Needs Preschoolers

Preschoolers with special needs require more patience and time when it comes to performing activities. Depending upon the extent of the child's disability or need, he might be limited to doing only a few select activities or needing much assistance to perform a said task. Parents looking to hel ...

Effective Communication

Communication is an important skill for all families to learn and maintain. A family who can communicate positively with one another will be healthier, happier and more willing to work together. Effective communication can increase self-esteem, teach positive social skills and solve a problem befor ...

Teachers: Roles Beyond the Classroom

 The word "teacher" has taken on a variety of meanings. Teachers assume many roles in the course of their work day -- willingly or not. These roles can be beneficial to the students and staff served by the teachers, and allow teachers to impact even more people.EducatorTeachers are e ...

Making the First Day of Preschool Easier

Your toddler's first day of preschool might be harder for you than it is for her. Dropping off your baby and leaving her there can be difficult, even for moms and dads who have sent their child to daycare. Starting preschool seems to mark the beginning of your child growing up and no longer bei ...

Help For Disciplining Autistic Children in School

Disciplining children with autism, especially in a school setting, needs to be done with planning and care. According to WebMD, children with autism relate to others differently than a child with typical development. For this reason, autistic children need special discipline techniques to meet thei ...

Alphabet Games for Younger Children

Playing games is one way to help kindergarten students learn their alphabet. The alphabet helps children learn how to recognize sight words and assists in the development of important reading skills. Games that incorporate the entire class can keep a child's interest for far longer than individ ...

Homeschooling Your Child With Autism

Autism is a growing disorder that affects 1 out of every 100 children. With the growing numbers, school districts may struggle to provide support to all students. Difficulty with social interactions with peers along with challenges of meeting the unique needs of each student can lead parents to con ...

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are an important step in building the bridge between home and school to ensure the highest quality of education for children. Conferences often occur twice during the school year, at regular intervals. Parents sometimes feel uncomfortable about conference time and, theref ...