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10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class.

April 18, 2018 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments
10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class.

10 ways to support students with hyperactivity and attention needs in class. 

I have a fair amount of experience in finding useful ideas and products to help use up all that excess energy in class. 

Some kids just NEED to move in order to concentrate. Sounds stupid right?  I’m not just talking about kids diagnosed with ASD, ADHD or any medically diagnosed disorder either.  Kids with sensory issues, hyper-vigilant children, anxious children all benefit from using fidget tools.

My philosophy is that the things we do for kids with learning difficulties / disorders and special needs are usually just best practice for typically developing kids.

Physical activity, like rolling on the classroom floor during mat time, chewing gum, chewing pencils etc area all ways that kids find to naturally self soothe and or stimulate themselves into being able to boost cognitive performance. They can also unfortunately annoy and distract the rest of the class.    What we want though is kids to recognise and be able to support these movements in a less distracting way so teachers and students can get on with the day without the outbursts or huge energy surges some kids provide. 

When my son was small (I mean like 2) he had SO much energy I couldn’t keep up. He woke up and was on the go, but not actually achieving anything he started because he had moved on to the next.  At an older age when you expect children to be able to sit at the table and eat their dinner he couldn’t do this, he just couldn’t stay sitting in his chair.  There were so many other circumstances, but this isn’t about just Sam – this is about the other thousands of kids that can benefit from a few simple tools. 

When children are jumping up and down , jumping on chairs , diving under tables , or even just unable to sit without distracting someone on the mat at floor time  it’s usually when the task at hand is demanding , boring to them or something they just do not grasp the subject being taught .  They must move in order to boost their attention or to perk up and not fall asleep.  

Researchers say that children with ADHD or who generally can not concentrate and stay still are unable to modulate their arousal systems efficiently, and movement helps them compensate for that deficit.  Sometimes they are over aroused by irrelevant information

(And what DON’T kids find irrelevant information cause they know EVERYTHING – am I right??)  And other times they are under aroused (aka BOOOOOORRRRED).. 

About 11 percent of all children between the ages of 4 and 17 have ADHD, making it difficult for them to pay attention and control impulsive behavior, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.  With a few simple tweaks and tools though these kids can go on to enjoy school and learn.  PLUS stop driving the teachers and other kid crazy !! 

The top 10 strategies or products I have learned through research and trial and era for use in the classroom or kindy are listed below. Remember these can be used on children with a diagnosis or any child that may benefit.. You’ll know if it may be your child that could benefit or not !! 


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Raising a Highly Sensitive Child

April 4, 2018 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Mumma Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments

    THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE CHILD 

 

My little girl is what would be classed by many as a highly sensitive child .. And that’s ok..  it’s who she is I’m learning. 
A Highly sensitive child is one of the 15 to 20% of children born with a nervous system that is constantly on high alert, making her quick to react to everything around her.  The smallest of changes, conscientious behaviour and quickness to grasp subtle changes are features.  Highly sensitive children are also easily (and I mean easily) overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, any sudden change and also the emotional distress of those surrounding them. They move and flow with the vibe in the room and are affected deeply by it.

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Helping kids with inclusion and diversity

January 31, 2018 By Shelley Mason Baby, Children, Lime Tree Mumma Blog, Play & Special Needs comments
Helping kids with inclusion and diversity

Diversity and inclusion in the home, school and even toy box are so important.  All kids want to see themselves reflected in the environment and toys that they play with. Childhood really should be an inclusive place where everyone belongs. 

Being different from most others doesn’t need to be a dis - ability but rather a diff - ability and I’m happy to finally see the toy industry and other companies starting to embrace change and positively represent the 150 plus million kids with disability and difference world wide....

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Whats looking HOT for Christmas

September 15, 2017 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
Whats looking HOT for Christmas

And so it seems another year vanished before our eyes - I mean REALLY .. where did the last nine and a half months go ? 

SO this Christmas there seems to be a few stand out toys already. ... Some of these are extremely limited stock wise so I thought I'd do up a little Christmas Wish list of our hottest predicted toys this year for 2017 ...   

 

Here's just a snippet of some of the awesome fun heading our way this Christmas and in stock now (except the kinderboards which are due end of October ) 

 

xxx Shelley  

 

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Why Doterra Essential Oils ?

March 2, 2017 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
Why Doterra Essential Oils ?

Are you wondering what the essential oil hype is all about?

It was all new to me a few years ago when a friend suggested I start using some oils to relieve my son’s anxiety and to help him sleep well.  She gifted me some of her doTERRA oils.  I was very sceptical about the oils at first, but my son seemed to really want them and enjoy them and we had been using a vapouriser for a few years each night because of his sinus and nose bleeds.  Straight away I was amazed, time and time again, at how well they worked and how the kids really wanted to use the blends. Now I truly can’t imagine life without them. I love that my children are also learning to take care of themselves naturally – that’s something that will benefit them the rest of their lives. DoTERRA essential oils are the perfect way to achieve a healthy lifestyle. I am passionate about helping other parents live more natural, toxin-free lives and especially assist parents with children who are “outside the box” by using something as simple as an oil to assist them in their day to day lives.  I use doTERRA mainly because of the purity of the oils, the diversity in the oil range and their amazing community spirit.   Xx Shelley 

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What Lunch Box fits What Lunch Bag ?

January 6, 2017 By Lime Tree Kids Healthy Living, Lime Tree Mumma Blog & School comments
What Lunch Box fits What Lunch Bag ?

Buying a Lunch Box and Lunch Bag is a daunting thing for some people . So we have mad it easier for you by making this chart that shows what our current range of Bento Boxes or Lunchboxes for Kids fits into what Lunch Bags .  If you have any other concerns though please feel free to  email us - this list is kept up to date but we are always adding new and exciting finds to our list .

 

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Lime Tree Mumma LAUNCH

July 28, 2016 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Mumma Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
Lime Tree Mumma LAUNCH

 

Lime Tree Mumma 

I’m often asked to blog about my life, both personal and business, about our journey as adoptive parents and coincidentally as parents of children with special needs.  Of the activities I do and therapies I’ve tried, of the diets we follow and the parenting we use. 

I’ve always shied away from it as I felt like I didn’t have enough to share , I’m not good at writing , I’m TERRIBLE at spelling (and mostly ignore spell predict). I'm not qualified on anything to speak by a tertiary institute or university, I’m forgetful, busy and overweight. 

This year I turned 38.  38 for some reason I’ve decided is the year of ME.  I not waiting for 40 , I'm taking this year of 38 to accept , nurture myself and grow into myself – in whatever shape that is. 
I’ve found a yearning to share some of the information I have stored in this brain of mine. So I shall. As a mother of two children that were adopted from overseas.  Who (as children do) both have their own special needs , one with High functioning Autism and Sensory Processing Issues and another with learning issues , I’ve tried a lot and have sourced a lot of products and blogs to help with our emotional and educational journey.   

There WILL be spelling mistakes, incorrect grammar, ramblings, and chats on good and bad topics. BUT there will always be the truth. I intend on sharing as much information on areas that people need me to share on with the only exception being my children’s personal stories of birth and certain facts that need to be maintained private for them and their privacy. 
So here goes…  Let’s do this..  


 

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Discussing Tragedies and Horrific Events

November 16, 2015 By Lime Tree Kids Family & Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
Discussing Tragedies and Horrific Events

Over the weekend it was hard to not hear about the horrific news of the events in France.  Of course , this can often be confusing to our little (and not so little ones, especially with the graphic images and the accessibility of news in our modern society.   It can often be a little difficult making sense of it ourselves, but Michael Grose provides some wonderful tips, which are easily transferrable to other emergency situations, ways for us to help our children understand (as much as they need to) . 
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The new features we LOVE about our new website !!

August 16, 2013 By Shelley - Lime Tree Kids Product FAQ's & Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

Our new site is finally online. (Cue applause and sigh of relief) We have been working behind the scenes on this site for what feels like forever. At least the last 5 months anyhow! I’d really like to say a BIG thank you to the development team at Mantis Technologies for sharing my vision and coping with a crazy lunatic 24 hours a day (especially this last week before launching) .. Did I mention my husband and his team are my web developers? You can check out Dave’s company at www.mantistech.com.au for quite frankly the most amazing work, personal service and delivery of an AWESOME website!!

But now on to the new site!!

Here’s a list of the top features of our new site : 
 
 
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FREE PRINTABLE Meal Planner

June 1, 2013 By Lime Tree Kids Healthy Living & Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
I love meal planning for my family dinners as without it generally it all goes pear shaped ! This allows me to organise on the weekend the shopping for all the meals and then in the weekday mornings what I need to get out for the dinner before work and if I need to get anything on the way home. It also lets me know exactly what needs to happen when I walk in the door and the kids are in the middle of arsenic hour after being at school and kinder all day ! 
I'm new to printables so I thought I'd dabble and make my own one up. Feel free to use it to help you with your dinner planning. 



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Switching to stainless steel from plastic !!

May 28, 2013 By Lime Tree Kids Healthy Living & Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

 

We just got the most gorgeous new range of LunchBot  and Kids Konserve Stainless Steel Lunchboxes in store. 

Now that I am on a super strict lifestyle of Gluten free , Grain free living for health reasons and the kids are eating Gluten , dairy and soy free for health and behavioural reasons I've started packing food for everywhere we go. 

But also playing on my mind as the news emerges about the chemicals in plastic that can leach into our foods I've started researching into alternative containers we can use just as easily as plastic.  I honestly had no idea of the wasted plastic and rubbish that is starting to clog up our landfills either ! (I know , I know  , but I'm new to this caring about our environment thing !!)
  
 
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The benefits of an Ultrasonic Vapouriser

May 23, 2013 By Lime Tree Kids Baby, Healthy Living & Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

 


 With winter well and truly on its way and the weather getting cooler, unfortunately also comes the constant stream of coughs and colds or at best the threat of coughs and colds. Especially when you have little ones !

I’ve been using one of those chemist vaporisers for years with my kids, when they get all sniffly, you know the ones we had when we were kids ?

Filled with hot water and lots of vicks or eucalyptus oil to inhale whilst we slept. They worked a treat , however the room was always SO humid after using them and the window and window sills in the morning were drenched with water which in turn promotes mould and bacteria !

Well not anymore.. we are now selling at Lime Tree Kids one of my absolute favourite finds! And ive tried to explain just how and why its so awesome below!
 
The Ultrasonic Vaporiser is not only an aroma diffuser , an air purifier and humidifier but also a nightlight , looks stylish , is safer and you can live without fear of bacteria forming on any of your furnishings !! Yeah baby !!!  
 
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The journey of Sam

April 4, 2013 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog & Special Needs comments
My gorgeous boy just turned 6! I can’t believe that we have come so far in such a short time. He is funny and quirky and high energy and cheeky all rolled into one. But it wasn’t always this way.

You see my son has been diagnosed with Autism , more correctly high functioning Asperger’s with severe ADHD . This is only the latest diagnosis there have been many over his short 6 year life. It’s called the “closest working diagnosis” which means he really can’t be fit into a pigeon hole because of his background and traumatic start to life.

It all began when we picked up Sammy from the nursery in Taiwan where we adopted him. The nursery run by Christian Salvation Service is a high quality excellent facility that is run by caring loving volunteers and nursing staff.
Sammy had a rough start which is his personal story so I won’t go into it but let’s just say he had so many things against he almost died a few times in the first few weeks, he was tube fed for a LONG time and this has resulted in some interesting and perplexing complications for him.
He is a battler though and when we picked him up at 9 months old he weighed about the same as a 3 month old, was extremely unwell and very disconnected from people. All of this was a big surprise to us.  
 

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Easy Graffitti Art

January 14, 2013 By Lime Tree Kids Crafting with Kids & Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
 EASY GRAFITTI ART


Today was one of those perfect Pinterest proud moments !  (Try saying that a few times fast !!)

 You know , one of those times you feel like you’re one of those mums you’re normally looking at in admiration thinking : “how did they think of that !!” . 

Ok ok so I “borrowed” the idea OFF pinterest but it still makes me super crafty and awesome doesn’t it ???

Normally I find painting with kids a little scary , it really can swing either way , one minute it’s all happy days , the next there’s paint on your new lounge  and teeny tiny red footprint s down the hallway (unless your smart enough of course to do it outside

 
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Playroom 2.0

April 11, 2012 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

A play room to me is the place where my children can happily play and co – exist with each other in relative safety and meeting their own play needs (age appropriate etc) .  We dedicated our carpeted formal living and dining room to this area years ago when we first became parents. Mainly because it was the only carpeted area in our house and also has such lovely windows looking out ...

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Creating a Nursery

February 11, 2012 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

I don’t know about you but for me creating a nursery was one of the things I thought of (or maybe more appropriately worded – tortured myself over) until we got our first bub. Now of course our story is different from most and our children came to us at the ripe old age of 6 months so the nursery designing for me was also a symbol of nesting and nurturing a baby I couldn’t actually hold yet.&nb...

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How to design a play room

December 31, 2011 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

I get asked a lot about how I’ve set up my kids playroom. I worked from home most days up until we picked up our youngest child Sienna from Taiwan , now its at sleep times, late arvos and night time when the kids are in bed.  The rest of my team are great and hold the fort for me whilst I settle Sienna into our family!

My 2 babies are now 4 (almost 5) years and 9 months so ...

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Organising Your Nappy Bag contents

November 22, 2011 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

The Holy Grail of organisation with a baby seems to be WHAT is in your Nappy Bag !

I myself have a bit off a Mary Poppins style approach with everything bar the kitchen sink being pushed, shoved and squeezed into my poor OiOi Bag..    Im so OVER it and sick of forever having my arm shoved down in to the bag feeling like a blind woman around the bottom for wha...

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How to deal with Eczema

October 18, 2011 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
Have you noticed how many little ones now have Eczema or skin conditions? My son was (is?) one of these poor little ones that was unfortunate enough to get this sometimes crippling skin condition.

What is eczema you ask? Eczema is a common skin condition affecting ten to twenty per cent of children. The exact cause of eczema is not known. However if there is a history of eczema, as...
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Preparing baby foods

October 3, 2011 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments

Baby Sienna is 6 months old now and has settled in nicely in the week we have been home.  I’ve decided its come to the time I need to start her on more than Rice Cereal and apple.

I’m nervous.. Yes I know it sounds silly but I am what you can only describe as Cooking Challenged.. Even if it IS just steaming something and feeding it to a baby its kind of a stressful unnatural thing...

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On the journey home

September 23, 2011 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
So it’s been 5 days since we picked up Miss Sienna from the nursery and let me tell you , she may very well be the BEST most gorgeous baby in the world ! I’m seriously thanking my luck stars that this baby girl is ours. She has the sweetest smile, the chubbiest yum yum cheeks, such an easy placid personality- she is an Angel sent from Heaven I tell you!

The journey...
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Taiwan here we come!!

September 12, 2011 By Lime Tree Kids Lime Tree Mumma Blog comments
As I write this, my very first blog, there are 96 hours until I am on a plane heading to Taiwan. Heading to a country of 23 million people all squeezing into a country that takes only a day in total to drive across. Heading to a capital (Taipei) that until recently held the title of the world’s tallest building. Heading to a country that has a restaurant themed all about toilets or one all about H...
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