We were pleased that Allison Foster contacted the folks behind KidCompanions Special Needs Blog to offer a guest post on a very important topic: child obesity! Recently I read an article that claimed that child obesity is a form of child abuse if the child does not have a medical condition that causes a child to gain wait or is taking medication with weight gain as a side effect.
Vous voulez en savoir plus, mais en français, à propos de notre KidCompanions Chewelry? Pierrette et Lorna peuvent vous servir en français aussi. Vous pouvez nous écrire ou nous parler au téléphone en français. Pierrette a fait ses études à l’Université d’Ottawa et vécu dans cette belle région de notre pays pour quelques années. Lorna a enseigné en français pour la commission scolaire CSAP. Alors, KidCompanions Chewelry: Qu’est-ce que c’est? Qui en a besoin? KidCompanions Chewelry est un accessoire mâchouillable pour les enfants, adolescents et adultes qui s’autorégulent en mâchant ou comme jouet antiagitation. En anglais on parle de “chewy” ou ” hand fidget”.
Pierrette and I thank Tracy Palmer for her guest post telling us her story and for sharing her beautiful poem for the teacher that made all the difference. Today I will post only part of her story, the part about how grateful Ms. Palmer is to the teacher that finally made a difference in their lives. During this first part of May, folks are sharing stories for Teacher Awareness Week and National Teacher Day and Tracy Palmer’s poem if perfect to show the positive effect one caring teacher can have.
It is an undisputed fact that young and old must strive for a healthy lifestyle. This means kids, teens and adults must keep mentally and physically fit. Children with special needs most definitely benefit from having a balance in all aspects of their life: social, physical, and mental. My post today will bring out the benefits of physical activity for a special needs child and what is available to make this happen.
Folks at KidCompanions Chewelry Special Needs Blog are pleased that Patrick Del Rosario offered to write the following guest post, Helping Kids with ADHD: Top Ten Ways on How to Increase Concentration Skills. Patrick Del Rosario is part of the team behind Open Colleges. We know that parents of children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will find his ten tips to help their kids concentrate very helpful.
Friendship Circle has organized for the second consecutive year a Great Bike Giveaway for kids and young adults with special needs. When families decide to take part in the Great Bike Giveaway, it is a wonderful opportunity for families to discuss the benefits of physical activity for all members of their family.
If you’re a parent, chances are you’re constantly advocating for doors to open for a better life for your child. A fit child has the odds stacked in his favor for a better life everything from a hearty appetite, to increase attention for seat work, to a good night’s rest. Also physical activity is important because usually inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. Parents can be role models for an active lifestyle. Lead by example, make physical activities a family affair and best of all play and have fun!
Are you looking for answers to help you understand sensory processing disorder (SPD)? Our site, Special Needs Book Review, found just the right parenting book to recommend. Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years: School Years Are Easier when Your Child’s Senses Are Happy! by Britt Collins MS, OTR and Jackie Linder Olson. It is a sequel to their popular book, Sensory Parenting: Newborns to Toddlers published in October 2010.
Pierrette and I appreciate when the authors we meet through our Special Needs Book Review site keep in touch. One amazing young woman we have met is Tali Field Berman, co-author of Play to Grow! Over 200 Games Designed to Help Your Special Child Develop Fundamental Social Skills. In my review of Play to Grow! I wrote that parents and team members of children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental delays should all have this book by Tali Field Berman and Abby Rappaport.
Are your summer months marred by a child’s anxious questions about his next school term? Is the first day of school marked by tears and meltdowns? Is the Fall term at school a failure due to stomach aches and headaches resulting in many absent days? What can parents do to make the transition to a new school year or a new grade easier for the child and themselves? Back to school is always a big transition because your child needs to cope with a new teacher, more academic demands and probably a changing social circle. Timely preparation can make all the difference your child needs.
A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services: Summer Break an Extended Teaching and Learning Opportunity by Marie Jackson is reprinted with permission from the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine, March/April 2008 issue. We have added the photos and subtitles. Check out this bimonthly magazine at www.AutismDigest.com. Some information on the Extended School Year Services (ESY) may have changed since this post has been written but it is important for families of children with special needs to know about Extended School Year Services; therefore, I am reposting it. You may also find information on the web site of the U.S. Department of Education – Sec. 300.106 Extended school year services and also on WrightsLaw.com
Can you believe this, my teen son got a diagnosis of autism, dyspraxia, sensory integration difficulties, and ADHD in his final year of school! Pierrette and I thank Tracy Palmer for her guest post telling us her story and for sharing her beautiful poem. Dyspraxia is a learning difficulty affecting some skills and abilities, including balance and coordination.
Holidays and celebrations, like Easter, Thanksgiving, and birthdays, should be a happy time in families. When I think back to those days of celebration, when our children were growing up, the memories I have are not at all happy ones. Unfortunately holidays are often very stressful for many families of children with special needs like autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, etc. Why do these kids with challenging needs hate almost everything about family gatherings associated with celebrating holidays and birthdays?
Why are the chemical additives called phthalates banned in toys and products for children? Are your children’s toys and products SAFE? Are you sure they are phthalates-free? Does your child, like most children, mouth items around the house that does not fall under the safety guidelines for kids’ products? While researching to write this post on safe children’s toys and products. I learned a lot and I was shocked at what dangers are lurking in toy boxes, cupboards, and many other places in our homes! Like for many other topics, parents be informed, be fully aware of the safety regulations concerning the products that come in contact with your children.
This post on helping students with sensory processing issues entitled, Sensory Smart School Solutions, is written by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L. It is reprinted with permission from a featured article in the Autism Asperger’s Digest. We have added the photos and information about KidCompanions Chewelry. The Autism Asperger’s Digest, a division of Future Horizons, Inc. was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism.
Parents of children with special needs must always work harder than most parents even for the simplest things. A road trip, which is fun for most families, is a nightmare to many special needs families. How can a special needs family enjoy a road trip without meltdowns and upsets for all passengers? A successful road trip begins long before the departure day. Plan, prepare, and pack carefully so that all chances for a pleasant day or a longer road trip with kids are on your side. Road trips with kids can be a wonderful experience and you do not need a limousine.
Often caregivers, educators, and parents are not sure what is the best way to reach and help students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or Asperger’s syndrome. By taking advantage on a student’s special interest area (SIA) it allows them to interact with this student that in no other way would be possible. The child’s special interests can be integrated effectively into home, school, and community activities. Over fifty years ago, Hans Asperger (1991/1944) already knew that special interests are the key to fulfillment and maximized potential in children and youth with Asperger’s syndrome (AS).
Kristina Smith Blizzard, mom of a child with special needs, registered nurse, and advocate was my guest for one of The Coffee Klatch Tweetchat. She is a wonderful person to give you advice on parenting children with special needs. We had an excellent session with lots of participation! The tips and comments that make up this post come from the many tweets from Kristina and all those who joined us. I have added links and other information to help parents of children with special needs overcome the feelings of isolation, grief, guilt, and fear that so many parents feel.
Homework: When and How to Ask for Help, Completion and Rewards is part 5, the last part, of Marcia Garcia Winner‘s article on Teaching Organizational Skills to Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her article benefits all students who lack this much needed skill not only students with autism spectrum disorder, therefore teachers, parents, and all who live or work with an individual who needs a boost in their organizational skills will benefit greatly from Garcia’s sound and sage advice.
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