Where to Eat During ASCA14

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Where to Eat During ASCA14If you’ve ever read my About Me page, you will already know that I am a big Disney FANatic!  This will be my first ASCA conference, but when it comes to Walt Disney World- I’m home!!!  So although I can’t yet contribute to the ins and outs of an ASCA Conference, I can give some tips about navigating “The World.”  So, I thought I would give conference attendees a taste of some of the quick service restaurants available at and close by the Swan and Dolphin.

First of all, a quick (or counter) service restaurant is one where you can simply walk up to a counter, place your order, take your food and find a table to eat.

If you are looking to stay onsite at the hotel and not venture out into “The World,”  there are a couple of places you can pop into at your leisure.

Picabu is located in the Dolphin and is open 24 hours a day.  It offers breakfast daily from 6 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.  You can also purchase pre-packaged items here from refrigerated cases such as sandwiches, desserts and salads.

Check out Picabu’s Breakfast Menu.

Check out Picabu’s Lunch/Dinner Menu.

Splash is located in the Swan near the pool.  It offers pizza, soups, salads and sandwiches.

Check out the Menu for Splash

There are several table service restaurants also located at the Swan and Dolphin ranging from causal dining experiences to signature dining.  Table service restaurants have servers and you should be prepared to give a gratuity based on the level of service you receive.   Some of these may require ADRs (Advance Dining Reservations) to guarantee seating.  For more information about dining at the Swan and Dolphin, check out this link.

If you ARE ready to venture out,  a nice stroll to the Boardwalk area may be up your alley.  There is a walkway from the Swan and Dolphin that will take you there.


The Boardwalk Bakery offers quick service for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Here, you will find soups, salads, sandwiches and lots of sweet treats!  Click this Boardwalk Bakery link and then click view menu to see a complete listing of what’s offered.  Just use the drop down arrow at the top to see the different menus.

The Boardwalk Pizza Window is open from noon until midnight and offers pizza by the slice and whole pizzas.  Click this Boardwalk Pizza Window link to see the menu.

There are also several snack carts in the Boardwalk area with various offerings such as hot dogs, pretzels and funnel cakes as well as popular table service restaurants like Flying Fish Cafe, Kouzzina by Cat Cora and the ESPN Club.

Finally, if you REALLY want to venture out, hop on the complimentary Disney Transportation and head to Downtown Disney.  There are several options to choose from.  Two of my FAVORITE counter service restaurants are located there.

Wolfgang Puck Express has never disappointed me!  It’s a quick service location with a table service feel.  You place your order at the counter and your food is delivered to your table. There is a nice variety of offerings here from soups, salads and pizza to bacon wrapped meatloaf.  Check out the Wolfgang Puck Express Menu.  This restaurant is located in the Marketplace.  There is also a Wolfgang Puck Cafe on the West Side which offers table service.

My Wolfgang Puck Express Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf- Delicious!!

Another great option in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace is Earl of Sandwich.  This is another place that has yet to disappoint with it’s variety of sandwiches and wraps.  Check out the Earl of Sandwich Menu.

Along with these two great choices are a variety of table service locations and snack windows.  There is Wetzel’s Pretzels, Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood and Ragland Road.  Check out the Downtown Disney Dining options.

Not only is there great food, you can shop and enjoy some of the fun entertainment in the Marketplace.  You can also go bowling at Splitsville or catch a movie at the AMC Theatres on the Westside of Downtown Disney.

If you’re hitting the parks, like I will be after the conference, and want to know where to eat…catch me at the conference and I can give you some suggestions!

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Social Skill Builder App Updates and Giveaway

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Social Skill Builder App Giveaway on SavvySchoolCounselor.comLast year, I wrote a review about the Social Skill Builder App.  This app comes in a full version and a lite version.  You can check out my previous post to learn more about what the app offers.  There are new modules included in the “My School Day” section.   When I first posted about the app, there were only four modules.  Now there are ten.  Like before, the newer modules include videos of various school day situations followed by questions for students to answer.


Social Skill Builder

Here’s a little about each of the newest modules included since I posted last:

Transition Time demonstrates how students should respond during a transition.  The example used in the module is the end of recess.

Social Skill Builder- Transition

Cubby shows the appropriate way a group of students should use their cubbies along with expected behaviors when several students are at the cubby area at one time.

Social Skill Builder- Cubby

Lunch Time demonstrates how students should find a seat in the cafeteria and table manners.  It also shows the correct way to go through the lunch line.

Social Skill Builder- Lunchtime

Social Skill Builder- Lunchtime







Eating shows students’ expected and unexpected behaviors when eating such as chewing with your mouth closed (expected) and wiping your mouth with your hand (unexpected).

Social Skill Builder- Eating

Social Skill Builder- Eating







Team Games 1 and Team Games 2 focus on appropriate ways to play, what to do if someone gets hurt and good sportsmanship.

Social Skill Builder- Team Games

I have used the app with my social skills groups, and they have enjoyed using it.  I would love to hear from those of you using Social Skill Builder with your students.  If you have used it, please leave a comment and share how it has worked for your students.

Something that has changed since last year is the price of the app.  If you want to purchase the full version, it is now $19.99.  The Lite version is still $2.99 and allows in-app purchases of additional modules.

Here’s another chance for someone to win a code for the FULL Version of the Social Skills Builder App- a $19.99 Value.  All you need to do is enter this giveaway before 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 21.
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FLOW: A Brain Break by GoNoodle

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Flow by GoNoode- SavvySchoolCounselor.comI was thrilled to recently learn about a great brain break website called Go Noodle.  This site offers a variety of awesome, free brain breaks to use with children.  Included is their newest brain break, FLOW, which focuses on student mindfulness and stress release.  After creating my free account and checking out Flow, I was excited as I thought of the great ways to use this tool in my school counseling program.

End-of-Year Testing time is a great opportunity to use FLOW.  Many students, especially third graders who are testing for the first time, experience some anxiety about doing well on their tests.  FLOW includes meaning activities to assist students with managing stress and maintaining the confidence they need to be successful.  It can also be an excellent tool to use with individual students who come to your office feeling angry or worried.  The activities in FLOW can be used for whole class lessons, small group sessions or individual counseling.

Here’s how you can get started:

Create an account. (It’s FREE!)  You will be asked to enter the following information:

Create An Account

Once you complete this step, you will have access to the free brain breaks.  You will need to create a class or you may use the demo class.  Simply click on the purple “+New Class” button, name your class and add the number of people in the class.


 Once your class is added to the list, you may click your class link and select a classroom champ avatar.  The longer you and your students use GoNoodle, the bigger your class champ will become.

Classroom Champ

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Click the green PLAY button to enter the brain break menu.  Click on the FLOW link, and you are ready to begin!


Once you have entered FLOW, you may select a grade level.  I tried it using both Kindergarten and 5th grade, and I did not see a difference in the videos.  You will select one of the two categories (Attitude or Stress) to begin.

Grade Level Selection

Category Selection






The background sounds in all of the activities are very relaxing.  Students have the option of closing their eyes or keeping them open and watching the screen.  The screen gives visuals of everything being described throughout the activity.

The ATTITUDE option includes two activities:  Chin Up and Weather the Storm.

Chin Up talks students through shifting their moods.  This is an excellent activity for students needing to calm down whether they are angry or worried.  It is a very relaxing activity which includes head tilting and raising and lowering of the chin.

Weather the Storm is a great visual for students who are going through a difficult time.  During the activity, the students watch as a small tree weathers a storm but remains strong and standing when the storm passes. (Love it!)








The STRESS option also includes two activities:  Bring it Down and On & Off.

Bring it Down is great for helping students to bring down stress.  Students imagine a balloon high in the sky.  They imagine slowly pulling the string on the balloon until they can hold the balloon between their hands.  Finally, they imagine letting it go as they watch it fly away in the air.

On & Off involves managing stress by making parts of the body tense and then letting go to relax.  Students will turn on the energy in their toes, legs, hands, arms and whole body.  When the energy is ON, the screen brightens up almost like the sun is in the center.  When students turn their energy off, the screen becomes dark.








I am so excited to learn about this great tool to use in school counseling.  There are other great games you can try like “To the Maximo” where students perform stretches and poses to help with relaxation also.

If you’d like to TRY OUT FLOW, you may follow any of the links in this post to get started or click the button below.

GoNoodle- New brain break FLOW- SavvySchoolCounselor.com

The developer of FLOW, Wynne Kinder, will be participating in a #GoNoodleFlow Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 16 between 8-9PM (EST).  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about this awesome new tool.


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Virtual Book Tour Featuring Maria Dismondy

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Virtual Blog Tour Featuring Maria DismondyI am excited to participate in the virtual book tour for author Maria Dismondy’s latest book, Spoonful of Sweetness: and other delicious manners.  You may know Maria from her books Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun, The Potato Chip Champ and Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.  She also co-authored The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others.

Maria’s adorable new board book was created for children ages Birth – 3 years old.  I love her use of character traits throughout the book which stresses the importance of instilling good character in children at an early age.  Kindness, Friendship, Responsibility, Empathy, Respect and Courage are all included with the cutest illustrations for the youngest eyes.

Click below to view the Spoonful of Sweetness book trailer.

Maria Dismondy is a #1best-selling children’s book author, former teacher, and highly sought-after speaker. Spoonful of Sweetness is her 5th children’s book.  Maria has a passion for spreading an anti-bullying message and making a difference in her writing, public speaking, blogging and charity work. She lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband and children. To find out more about Maria and her award-winning books, visit www.mariadismondy.com.
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CLICK HERE to check out Maria’s book on Amazon.

Congratulations to Maria on the birth of her third child, a son, on December 30, 2013!

If you would like an autographed copy of Spoonful of Sweetness, you may enter my giveaway below.  There will be one winner.  The giveaway will be open until 12:00 AM EST on Wednesday, January 22.
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A Lesson About Kindness

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Rosie's Roses- An adorable book to use while teaching kindness!- SavvySchoolCounselor.comToday, I’d like to share a book I’ve used when teaching kindness.  Rosie’s Roses, by Pamela Duncan Edwards, is an adorable book about Rosie the Raccoon.  Rosie has four roses for her Aunt Ruth’s birthday present.  While on the way to deliver them to her Aunt, she discovers she is missing a rose – not once but three times.  When she realizes her roses are being used by Mr. Rat, Mr. Rabbit, and Mrs. Robin, she’s not so happy at first.  However, Rosie goes on to show kindness to each of the animals after she learns why they needed the roses.  With one rose left for Aunt Ruth, Rosie goes on to show her greatest act of kindness with her fourth and final rose.

During the last TpT sale, I purchased a cute unit about Kindness from a seller who teaches first grade.  There are several pieces to pull from it, but I used just a couple of them for this lesson.  After reading the story and talking about the ways Rosie showed kindness, I used an activity where the students read different sentences aloud to the class and decided whether the act was kind or not kind.  The unit included the “kind” and “not kind” signs which I copied onto card stock, laminated, and taped inside two small buckets. There are 12 cards with sentences to use for this activity.   Student volunteers came to the front, read the card aloud to the class, and decided which bucket their cards should be placed in.  This allowed us to continue to discuss examples of kindness.  Four of the cards gave examples of not being kind.  Most of my first graders love to volunteer and participate, so this lesson has been a hit with them.

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After the lesson, I left the students with a writing activity which also came from the unit.  They were asked to write about and illustrate a time they were kind.  I visited one of the classes the following day to find their writing hanging from a display cord, so I took some pictures to share.

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It’s nice to find activities like these to help complete a school counseling lesson.  I really enjoyed doing this with my students.

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