Category Archives: Resources

From the CISS Equipment Library: The Benefits of Cause and Effect toys

One of the ways your Resource Consultant can support your program is by providing adaptive equipment to support inclusion. Cause and Effect toys are commonly used to support children during group and play activities. Playtime can be challenging for children who have limited play and social skills. During group time, switch toys (toys that have been adapted with a larger switch to make activating the toy easier for children with physical limitations) can help some children to participate to their full potential.

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Conversations with Alanis Morissette 
Episode 19

In this episode, Alanis talks with Gordon Neufeld about developmental psychology,
the power to parent, and the value in staying connected with our children
as they get older.
Listen now!

New Iris the Dragon Book

We know that this COVID-experience has impacted children and families in different ways and has brought with it lots of emotions and feelings – that is why AFCS was happy to collaborate with Iris the Dragon, Project: Kid’s Be Superheroes – as they wrote an eBook specifically to support conversations about COVID.

It is available as a free download at:

Would you prefer to borrow a paper copy from our resource library?
Contact us at

Watch an interview with Tara Matte, CISS Director and Jessica Grass, COO for Iris the Dragon as they discuss the new book and the impact COVID-19 has had on children.

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).