KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS are both mouth fidgets and hand fidgets.

Need a COOL Chew Necklace for One Who Must Bite, Chew, Fidget?

KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS are both mouth fidgets and hand fidgets. Our KidCompanions were designed by Pierrette in 2006 and she designed our SentioCHEWS in 2013. Now we have two chew necklaces of very different textures that should please most who need oral stimulation or who need to fidget with their hands to calm their bodies and allow their brains to attend to a main task like reading, listening, doing homework, etc.

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Coping with an Introverted Child by Ashley Hardway

Coping with an Introverted Child by Ashley Hardway

When our daughter was a toddler she was very outgoing and brave. She would talk to just about everyone and was not afraid to share her feelings. She had plenty of friends and did really well in school. I was so pleased because she seemed so very well rounded and she was thriving.

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Special Education Etiquette by Authors of Parents Have The Power To Make Special Education Work

Special Education Etiquette by Authors of Parents Have The Power To Make Special Education Work

This post on Special Education Etiquette was written by Judith Canty Graves and Carson Graves who spent fifteen years in special education with their son and now they are trying to help other parents avoid the problems they encountered. These problems include evaluations that are vague and don’t convey useful information, IEP goals that aren’t measurable, conflicts of interest for school employees and even outside professionals, and graduation standards designed to push special education students out of the system before they receive an appropriate education.

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Temple Grandin, PhD - Questions about Newton Shooter Adam Lanza

Questions About Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza, Asperger’s Syndrome, & SPD by Temple Grandin, PhD

Questions About Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza, Asperger’s Syndrome, and SPD by Temple Grandin, PhD is a special feature from Sensory Focus Magazine Spring 2013 Issue. Read our post about Sensory Focus Magazine.  Sensory Focus Magazine, published by Sensory World, is distributed in digital and print format and past issues are also available.

Many people in the special-needs community are concerned about news reports that indicate Adam Lanza, the gunman who killed the children and teachers at the school in Connecticut, had Asperger’s syndrome and perhaps Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They fear that this information will make the public think that individuals with these disorders are inherently violent.

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The Everything Kids' Learning Activities Book: 145 Entertaining Activities and Learning Games for Kids by Amanda Morin

Everything® Kids’ Learning Activities Book: 145 Entertaining Activities and Learning Games for Kids

Amanda Morin wrote to Special Needs Book Review about her latest book just published in May 2014, The Everything® Parent’s Guide to Special Education: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs. We also learned she had another book, The Everything Kids’ Learning Activities Book: 145 Entertaining Activities and Learning Games for Kids published in April, 2013!

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Dr. Temple Grandin: A Special Breed of Hero

Dr. Temple Grandin: A Special Breed of Hero

The team at Special Needs Blog thanks Rianna Stanley who works for  Masters-in-special-education.com for permission to post this beautiful infographic, Dr. Temple Grandin: A Special Breed of Hero. Dr. Temple Grandin has a long list of accomplishments and we are a fan of her books. We have reviewed some of her books on Special Needs Book Review. Check these out:

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Child Sleeping - Helping Children Sleep More Comfortably in a New Home

Helping Children Sleep More Comfortably in a New Home by Michelle LaRowe

Moving into a new home can be quite exciting for everyone. Depending on the age of your children, it could also be a bit scary. Sometimes new surroundings take a while to get used to before a little one can sleep comfortably. However, there are some things you can do to make the transition less stressful and frightening for your child.

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Family activity - Transitions: Plan, Prepare, Practice, and Patience

Transitions: Plan, Prepare, Practice, and Patience

This Spring I was asked to fill out a questionnaire on transitions for an interview a student was doing for a class she was taking. For many youngsters, transitions do not happen easily starting with the first time you try to leave your infant with another caregiver to the day your grown child holds the key to his first “home away from home”.  If you are raising a child with special needs your child will most likely have difficulties with transitions. What can parents do? How can educators help? This post has tips on the importance of starting the road to independence early and why parents must plan, prepare, practice, and have patience.

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Tourette Syndrome and School: Your Child, His Tics and How To Tell his Classmates

Tourette Syndrome and School: Your Child, His Tics and How To Tell his Classmates

What is Tourette syndrome? If your child has Tourette syndrome you will probably be asked that question many times or, without being asked, you will need to explain about Tourette to justify your child’s behavior if vocal and/or motor tics bring unwanted attention to your child. Today’s post has tips how to explain Tourette syndrome to your child’s classmates and the importance of being proactive in telling all staff members at your child’s school.

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Baby sleeping - Why Children, Tweens and Teens Need Adequate, Quality Sleep

Why Children, Tweens and Teens Need Adequate, Quality Sleep

Sleep is no less important than food, drink, or safety in the lives of children. Sleep problems not only disrupt a child’s nights, they disrupt his days too. Parents must find solutions to sleep problems because it seems “Children do not <outgrow> sleep problems; problems must be solved.” 

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Sensory-enriched environment shows ‘significant’ impact on children with autism UC-Irvine Scientific groundbreaking study:

Sensory Enriched Environment Has Impact on Children with Autism

Sensory-enriched environment shows ‘significant’ impact on children with autism – UC-Irvine Scientific groundbreaking study:

A “sensory-enriched treatment” of children with autism has shown “significant improvement in their autism symptoms”–approximately six times greater than those children on the autism spectrum in a control group who received only “standard” autism treatment — according to University of California Irvine scientists in a groundbreaking study.

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A Grandmother of a Child with Autism, Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan, Explains 10 Things You Should Know

A Grandmother of a Child with Autism, Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan, Explains 10 Things You Should Know

The team that brings you our Special Needs Blog thanks Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan for her guest post 10 Things a Grandmother of a Child with Autism Would Like You to Know. In June 2013 the same team that administers Special Needs Book Review was pleased that Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan wrote a guest post for us about her grandson with autism and the first three books in her series for children with autism. Folks at Special Needs Book Review are very impressed with Ymkje Wideman-van der Laan’s Autism Is…? Books – New Storybook Series for Children with Autism. See her guest post here.

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Child eating - Could Autism Be Linked to the Way Children Digest Foods?

Could Autism Be Linked to the Way Children Digest Foods? by Ashley Hardway

It is well documented that what you eat affects your overall health. This ranges from fluctuations in your weight to the overall functionality of your brain. Since various parts of your body require specific nutrients in order to develop correctly, could bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract be responsible for the onset of autism? According to recent studies funded by the Autism Research Institute, there could very well be a link between children with autism as well as GI tract difficulties.

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Productive Ways to Focus an ADHD Tween's Energy

Productive Ways to Focus an ADHD Tween’s Energy by Rachael Cherry

The energy level for a child that truly has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be nothing short of amazing. For a parent, it can be quite frustrating at times as it seems that your child just doesn’t know how to slow down. By the time he or she is a tween, you have probably grown to adapt. This could also be a great time to put the child’s energy reserves toward a positive goal.

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Cooking with kids a learning experience.

Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun

Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun is reprinted with permission from a 2011 column on “GFCF Cooking Together with Kids” offered by the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine. This selection is featured in the July/August 2011 issue. Find previous GFCF Cooking Together articles at the Article Library page of the AADigest website, www.AutismDigest.com.

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Brandon's Story How His KidCompanions and SentioCHEWS Chewelry Help Him

Awesome Testimonial About Our Chewelry for SentioLife Solutions’ Show’N Tell Contest

The SentioLife Solutions team is pleased to post a wonderful message and photos we received from Lauren Haliburton in response to our SentioLife Solutions’ Show’N Tell Contest for a FREE Chew Necklace we held in February. We thank Brandon for letting his mom take the lovely photos you see on this page and we hope Brandon will enjoy his FREE chew necklace.

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Gardening for Children with ASD

Benefits of Gardening for Children with Autism and Special Educational Needs

I reviewed for our Special Needs Book Review a wonderful book about the benefits of gardening for children with special needs. To be truthful, I did not know there was such a thing as Horticultural Therapy (HT).  What is horticultural therapy? Natasha Etherington has all you need to know in her book, Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs – Engaging with Nature to Combat Anxiety, Promote Sensory Integration and Build Social Skills

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Nobody Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development

Chasing Away Your Child’s Beige Diet Blues by Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP

Does your child primarily eat foods on “the beige diet”? The beige diet includes mostly non-fruit, non-vegetable carbohydrates, such as pizza, breaded chicken nuggets, cookies, crackers, pasta, chips, and pretzels. (And, despite technically being a vegetable, French fries are definitely part of the beige diet.) It is called “the beige diet” because the majority of the foods included in it are beige in color—and low on nutrients.

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Sensory Focus Magazine: Understanding the Issues Behind the Behavior - Winter 2014

Sensory Focus Magazine: Understanding the Issues Behind the Behavior – Winter 2014

This post is to give you a “bird’s eye view” of  the Winter 2014 Issue of Sensory Focus Magazine: Understanding the Issues Behind the Behavior published by Sensory World. First a little background information.

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Many children have challenging needs, an observant parent can help kids cope and provide them with strategies or appropriate tools to satisfy these needs

Loving, Observant Parents Can Help Kids Cope with Their Needs by Ken Myers

When you think about kids chewing on things you typically think the teething ages, but what about when it goes beyond that stage? There are many reasons for kids to want to chew on things: stress relief, comfort, something to do, and so on. I know that my children, although they were perfectly on track in many other ways, had issues with this as well.

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