Bullying and Cyberbullying – these are topics on the minds of many educators, parents, and everyone who works with youth, especially those who have special needs. The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, schools and whole communities join forces to explore the best Anti-Bullying and Bullying Prevention ideas and to raise awareness that more needs to be done to tackle these serious issues.
My daughter was born two weeks early, in the early hours of April 30, 2011. It wasn’t until the on-call pediatrician made his rounds the next day that I ever thought anything would be amiss.
“Is her dad Asian by any chance?” he asked me. I must have looked confused, because he then clarified, “her eyes are a little slanted, but she doesn’t get that from you. She also has low muscle tone.” I continued to stare at him. “I think she may have Down syndrome, I’d like to run some tests.” My world stopped turning in an instant, and as he whisked my newborn daughter away to perform un-named testing on her, I whipped out my phone and started to Google.
Today’s post, Everyone Has a Responsibility To STOP Bullying, is taken from the September Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation Newsletter. Penny Perez, CEO and founder of this foundation gave us permission to do so. Ms. Perez sends out one of the best newsletters for parents of children with special needs that I read. Sign up here for their e-newsletter to stay up to date with what is happening in their community.
Some people like to decry the pace at which technology is advancing, claiming society and governments can’t safely keep up with the constant changes. As technology jumps forward to meet a perceived need, for example, people tend to ignore the consequences and dangers it introduces.
While such people have a point, technological advances provide significant benefits at the same time. The world of education has been one of the biggest winners here, with new methods of teaching and learning allowing instructors to reach more children than ever.
Has it been a while since your last English writing course? Have you been wondering if grammar rules have changed? Wished you knew the acceptable use of jargon, fad, and cliché? Reading The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well by Paula LaRocque is a quick and easy way to review and hone your language arts skills.
The team at SentioLife Solutions thanks Amy Williams for this guest post -
Teens Online: Keeping Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying
In years past, bullying took place in school hallways and on playgrounds. Children were able to seek relief from their tormentors at home. Today, unfortunately, this is becoming no longer the norm. With the prevalence of social media and the widespread use of the internet among preteens and teens, bullies can lurk around every digital corner. Humiliating photos and hurtful comments litter Facebook profiles and Instagram photos, creating insecurity and emotional distress in children.
As we head into the fall and a new school year, Jill Mays, MS, OTR/L wants to share the latest addition to her new website, TheMotorStory.org In her letter, Jill tells us that no matter what her workshops entail (Sensory Motor Development, Sensory Integrations, Play…) the question of HANDWRITING always comes up!
Children usually don’t start reading before the age of 5 or 6 because, until that age, most children have not yet formed certain neural connections that allow them to decode printed letters and then mentally combine them to make words. However, awakening your child’s love of reading starts when he/she is an infant. Reading books to babies and re-reading the same books gives your infant a wonderful head start to many areas of his development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
- Different . . . Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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