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Create durable reusable easy to clean sensory bags for all ages using FREE wine bags!

Follow 3 simple steps.

Step # 1 – Call ahead to any wine making supply store and ask them to set aside some used wine bags with their lids. They come in two sizes, small and large.

Step # 2 – Clean the wine bags using soap and water then hang the bags upside down with the lid off for a few days or until dry.

Step # 3 – Fill them with desired materials and offer them to the children to explore!

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From the CISS Equipment Library: The Benefits of Fidget Tools

One of the ways your Resource Consultant can support your program, is by providing adaptive equipment to support inclusion. Fidget tools are commonly used items to support children during transitions, group time or times of waiting. Transitions are hard for all children and can be especially challenging for children who may have trouble staying still, have a limited ability to wait, or difficulties changing from one activity to another. They may also have challenges processing sensory input and require tools to support self-regulation.

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ECCDC Podcasts: Recognizing Educators’ Dedication and Cultivating Well-Being

The positive impact educators have in our community truly reflects their ongoing commitment in the child care and early years field. With the added expectations and guidelines during the Pandemic, the well-being of our educators is an essential part of the daily practice. Healthy habits, mindfulness, and resiliency are experiences that can be learned and incorporated at any stage of our lives. Let’s take a journey on how to embody such practices in the present moment.


Podcast release: Wednesday December 9th, 2020 at noon
(and accessible anytime after).

Strategies to Help Your Child Speak Clearly

By Roxane Bélanger, M.O.A., SLP-C, Reg. CALSPO
Speech Language Pathologist,
First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program of Ottawa and Renfrew County

During the pandemic, many parents and educators are wondering how to support children who are learning to speak and use new sounds. Wearing a mask and accessing therapy services can cause concerns for parents with a child presenting with speech sounds difficulty. Many tools and strategies are at your fingertips.

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From the CISS Equipment Library: The Benefits of Visual Timers

One of the ways your Resource Consultant can support your program is by providing adaptive equipment to support inclusion. Visual timers are commonly used supports for transitions and play activities. Transitions can be challenging for children when they need to leave a preferred activity or engage in a less preferred task. During play activities children may have challenges sharing toys with peers or waiting for a turn.

Why use visual timers?

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