Review & Giveaway: Natural Calm Magnesium Powder

This post has been sponsored by Natural Vitality, the company who makes and distributes Natural Calm magnesium supplement. All content and opinions are my own.

When Natural Vitality contacted me about doing an unbiased product review for Natural Calm, I jumped on the opportunity! I have been seeing this product pinned all over Pinterest, on co-worker's shelves, and being showcased on blogs I follow. As someone who devotes their time and energy in alternative health practices, I've been intrigued by this product for some time, but had not gotten around to purchasing it. (blame my lack of energy...)

Why is Magnesium Important?

Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients for our bodies. We are able to get magnesium through our diet, but for a variety of reasons (including lack of nutrient-dense soil and stressful lifestyle), many of us struggle to get a sufficient amount of magnesium through diet alone. When this happens, supplementing with the nutrient is key. Natural Calm is a powdered magnesium supplement that easily dissolves in water and helps to restore magnesium to optimal levels.

SpEd After Graduation: Supports in Adult Services

When we think of "special education" we think of children. And rightfully so. Children with special needs generally (hopefully) attend special education classes and/or schools so they can access the general education curriculum and continue to grow as learners. Even those who don't attend special schools or are enrolled in sub-separate classrooms benefit from additional supports in the general education classroom. such as visual supports or environmental accommodations, to help them access their education. But what happens after graduation?

Transitioning from school to the real world is already challenging for most of us! Without getting into all the bureaucracy and funding difficulties within adult services, leaving special education services in the child world and entering the adult world is a beast. Limited resources and staffing, paired with challenges in maintaining an adequate budget and exemplary clinical supports, makes the on-going supports in adult services all that more difficult for the staff and administrators of the programs. The highly-structured, highly-funded, highly-ratioed dynamic of the kid-world is not easily replicated in the adult world, and if a transition plan is not given the necessary forethought and preparation, a child can easily slip through the cracks in adult services.

Photo: Pixabay

While we cannot control the budget or bureaucratic issues that arise in adult services, we can make these programs more clinically effective and supportive for our individuals. Read on to learn more about providing supports in adult services.

Easy Like Sunday Morning: A 90s Love Playlist

Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend has been treating you well so far. To help keep you going, I've created a playlist for the 90s kids (like me) out there. This playlist is a mix of heart wrenching ballads for unrequited lovers as well as passionate lyrics for the love birds. This carefully curated mix gives me all the feels (usually the angsty middle school feels), either connecting with the singer's rejection of their outpouring of love, or my longing for the deeply amorous love songs meant to incite love and passion in the listener.

Tips and Tricks: Target Dollar Spot Finds

Have you checked out Target recently? Well, duh, I'm sure you have. In my neck of the woods (Massachusetts) I've found some excellent finds at the Target Dollar Spot. I've snapped some pics below to show you some of the finds and include some ways you could tulize these in your classrooms, during 1:1 ABA sessions, at play at home with the kids, etc.

Jar of Super Heroes/Jar of {Insert Small Object Here}

These are as low-tech as it gets. These figures can be used for a variety of games, activities, skill concepts, etc.
  • Sorting (by color, type, size, etc.)
  • Counting/Math activities
  • As game pieces (for either homemade game boards, or board games in which you've lost the pieces!)
  • As tokens for earning reinforcement (earn one super hero for x behavior, or x time period without engaging in x behavior)
  • Sensory bottles (having a few small toys in a bottle of beans, rice, etc. to search for. This is a great coping strategy
  • Parts of speech (prepositions, adjectives, verbs)
  • Hide the Super Hero (skills you can target include: listening to directions to find the object, asking questions/20 questions to find it, following multi-step directions, written or verbally)
  • Receptive sorting (for use when you have a variety of different themed figures, such as sorting by ability to fly, sorting by living/nonliving, sorting by real/make-believe, etc.)
  • Patterns and sequencing
  • Receptive identification
  • An adapted version of this really simple, cool idea!


Magnets

This box was robot magnets, but there were other shapes/themes in the basket.
  • Social skills such as:
    • Commenting
    • Answering questions
  • Pretend play
  • Tacting/Labeling
  • For tokens - used on a magnetic token board
  • Describing features/adjectives
  • Parts of speech - prepositions
  • Same/Different attributes

Craft Supplies

Who doesn't already have tons of idea for arts and crafts supplies?

  • Different crafts (obviously)
  • For token economies (like earning pom poms in a jar)
  • Leisure activities for reinforcement
  • Following directions
  • Learning to copy a model/exemplar


Grow Kit


So cute and spring-y! Even if you don't do anything with it, how cute this would look on your desk?
  • Life cycles instruction
  • Taking care of plants/life skill
  • Making science predictions and experiments
  • Pruning and maintaining plant (reinforcement or life skills)
  • Classroom job
  • Teaching responsibility
  • Maintaining a schedule (to care for plants)


Grow Capsules


  • Making predictions
  • Developing hypotheses (for example, what would happen if you put the capsul in milk instead of water?)
  • Observation and note-taking skills
  • Describing/adjectives


Building Blocks

A cheap alternative to Legos! Perfect for your prize bin :)
  • Building toys (obvi)
  • Learning how to follow a model/exemplar
  • A fun alternative to a token board (earn reinforcement after completing a building/shape/etc.
  • Sorting by attributes such as color or number of bumps


Peel and Stick Board

There were a couple different themes available at Target!

  • Play skills
  • Social skills
  • Pretend play
  • Commenting
  • Requesting
  • Labeling
  • Describing/adjectives/verbs
  • Leisure activity as reinforcement 


Mini Erasers

Um, adorable! I remember LOVING these when I was a kid and wanting to "earn" these.
  • Reinforcement (like, for me)
  • Prize box
  • Counting
  • Sorting by category, color, shape, size, etc.
  • Token system (for example, when you earn all the different types of vegetables for the basket, you get ____)
  • Pretend play
  • Erasing things? - No. Why would you?


Any other ways you would use these items? What else have you found at the Target Dollar Stop?


Celebrate Women: Reading Comprehension Pack

Rabbit Rabbit! Happy March!

In preparation for Women's History Month, I've created a resource for middle school students - a reading comprehension packet celebrating inspiring women in our history!

Valentine's Outfits No Matter Your Status

Celebrating Valentine's Day? Celebrating Galentine's Day? No matter - I've got you covered. I've created three different outfits for you, however you celebrate the holiday!

For a night out with the girls:

Galentine's Day Date


For a romantic evening with your loved one:

Valentine's Playlists (and a Contest for You!)

Hey Lovers and Friends,

Today, I'm throw backing to two different playlists: One for the Lover and one for the...uh, Hater. Hater of Valentine's at least.

Click the buttons below to be taken to that post. One of these has a secret contest...

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