Have you ever wondered how to encourage empathy, increase fine and gross motor skills, social awareness, independent thinking, teamwork, independent play, or anything in-between within a classroom or at home? I have compiled quite an array of activities throughout my years. The majority of my activities were used and intended for a multi-age classroom. The children I've taught range in age between five and twelve years and include those with emotional, physical, behavioral, gifted, neurotypical, and learning disabled circumstances. The activities are therefore acceptable for a mixed range of abilities and ages. I have pondered what I have learned through many years of trial and error. My goal is to share these activities with parents and educators to enhance the lives of other children who could benefit from my ideas.
. Mari Nosal, M.Ed., CECE spent years as a school age coordinator, blogger and author, and has 30 years' experience within the human services and education fields. She has had special needs articles published in several magazines. She is certified by the Department of Early Childhood Education as a lead preschool teacher, an infant and toddler teacher, and site coordinator qualified to manage school age programs. Mari was awarded her B.A. in Psychology in and her Master's in Educational Foundations in . She adores working with children and educators within the classroom. She has presented to management teams, educators, and human service professionals. she has shared her knowledge, experience, passion, and insights with many professionals and parents involved with both special needs children and adults and those on the autism spectrum. Mari offers tips on curriculum development and behavior modification within the classroom and out in society through in-services. She is certified in Community Crisis Intervention. As a professional and family member of individuals with Asperger's, she shows others how it is possible to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.