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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Art Display with Marcella E. Franczkowski and First Lady Yumi Hogan

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services, Maryland State Department of Education joined First Lady Yumi Hogan in recognizing Children’s Mental Health Matters’ student artists at the First Lady’s Art Display in Annapolis. Continue Reading Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Art Display with Marcella E. Franczkowski and First Lady Yumi Hogan

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Making Sense Episode 5: Sleep Smoothie

Does it seem like you’ve tried everything to help your child sleep better at night? Mix things up with a “sleep smoothie,” a yummy, healthy dessert made with ingredients that can help your child fall asleep. Get the quick and easy recipe from this installment of Making Sense. Continue Reading Making Sense Episode 5: Sleep Smoothie

Helpful to Know: Strategies for Working with Children with a Visual Impairment

What are some effective strategies for working with children who have a visual impairment? Verbally and specifically narrate what is happening in the classroom at any given time so students always feel included Communicate with families and other professionals to share information and strategies Adapt activities to promote independence Provide multi-sensory, tactile, and experiential learning… Continue Reading Helpful to Know: Strategies for Working with Children with a Visual Impairment

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Making Sense Episode 4: Paint Sensory Bag

Painting doesn’t have to be a messy activity! This episode of Making Sense shows how to make a paint sensory bag you can bring anywhere for writing practice or colorful, squishy fun. Because it’s so easy and inexpensive to make, children can enjoy playing with several different bags and color combinations. Continue Reading Making Sense Episode 4: Paint Sensory Bag

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Making Sense Episode 3: Pillow Cave

Everyone could use a cozy retreat to get through a difficult day. This episode of Making Sense offers the perfect portable solution: a cozy “pillow cave” made with items you likely already have at home. Check out the steps to make a pillow cave for children who feel overwhelmed, are frustrated, or just want to relax. Continue Reading Making Sense Episode 3: Pillow Cave

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Garrett County’s We C.A.R.E. Event – April 5, 2018

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services at the Maryland State Department of Education, presented the opening guest speech at Garrett County Public Schools’ third annual “We C.A.R.E” event on April 5. Continue Reading Garrett County’s We C.A.R.E. Event – April 5, 2018

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Making Sense Episode 2: Oral Motor Exercises

In this week’s episode of Making Sense, Megan Lehman describes different strategies to help with oral motor skills. Lehman explains how various snacks can soothe oral input sensitivities and needs, and how fun activities like making edible necklaces, blowing balloons, and straw games improve oral motor skills. Continue Reading Making Sense Episode 2: Oral Motor Exercises