Friendship Circle has organized for the third consecutive year a Great Bike Giveaway for kids and young adults with special needs. This is a national contest (for folks in the US) giving away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. Friendship Circle is partnering with these bike companies to provide some of the best adaptive bikes to the children and young adults who need them most.
Unfortunately the term “A Happy Childhood” does not apply to all children and youth. It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or mental disorder, as it is also referred to. Mental disorders are the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are the second highest hospital care expense in Canada.
Debi Taylor of Spirit of Autism writes about SentioCHEWS. Autism Specialist, mom and emergency responder, she shares her journey with other parents, offering unique solutions involving fitness, nutrition, sensory integration, alternative therapies, safety and support.
- Spirit of Autism | Support and Training
Autism Help for Parents • Businesses • Emergency Responders
You can win a FREE SentioLife Solutions’ CHEW NECKLACE. (Either a KidCompanions Chewelry or a new SentioCHEWS)
- photos and stories of your children using our KidCompanions Chewelry or our new SentioCHEWS!
- From Feb. 12th to Feb 26th email firstname.lastname@example.org with a 100 word story or longer explaining when, why, how your child benefits from using our chew necklaces.
- Send, in an attached file, a photo or photos of your child with our chew necklace.
Health and safety are at the core of our company. KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS are chew necklaces that function as a chewable and wearable sensory tool for people with special needs. It can be used as a fidget toy and can be mouthed. It is a discreet and age-appropriate alternative to traditional oral motor and manipulative tools.
Parent of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) must pay attention if their child’s behavior changes. Sometimes when a very active child becomes more quiet, their parents believe this is a good sign because the hyperactivity is subsiding. Unfortunately their child could be exhibiting symptoms of depression. In fact, children and teens with ADHD are at risk for developing depression as much as 3 times greater than for other children. Caregivers must know the signs of ADHD or depression to get help for their child before it escalates.
For 72 hours you have the opportunity to shop like a retailer! We are launching our new Online Shopping for Groups and you can be the first to try it, pre-launch.
There are no strings and no account needs to be created. You will get 30% off ALL non-sale items. You will also have an impressively low minimum order of only $50. Pass on the savings to your group members, clients or students.
Request your coupon code today by emailing us your name, phone number and association/group name and address. Ship To addresses MUST match above for this discount.
Please email your information to email@example.com to request your 72 hour Group-Rate Code. For any questions OR for a list of our most popular styles, feel free to contact Pierrette d’Entremont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also request information on Facebook via kidcompanions private message.
-Pierrette, Lorna, George, Ilona and Jamie!
Having a special needs child comes with unique challenges, and as a parent you’re already probably aware of that fact. However one particularly unique challenge is finding ways to keep your child active in a world where many special needs children can’t participate in certain activities.
The team at SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. is always looking for helpful parenting or teaching information for those who are raising or teaching a child or children with special needs. We were pleased to learn about the infographic showing the benefits of music for children with special needs. We thank Ryan Judd at The Rhythm Tree for this infographic entitled 5 Reasons Why Music Helps Children with Special needs
Weavable Toys: Basic Shapes by The RecyclingOT, Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR, caught my eye because I have reviewed Barbara Smith’s two books for our Special Needs Book Review site and Barbara took part in our Author Interview Series.
- The Recycling Occupational Therapist: Hundreds of Simple Therapy Materials You Can Make.
- Review of From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills
- Interview Barbara Smith, OT Career, Therapy Materials You Can Make and Her
Today it is my pleasure to tell you about The RecyclingOT’s newest product, Weaveable Toys: Basic Shapes.
Recently on Facebook I read a touching poem written by a mom from the UK about raising a child with special needs. Sandra MacLaren’s poem, “My Actual Name Is Scott!” tugged at my heartstrings and I felt so many other parents raising children with challenging needs would be able to relate to Sandra’s poem. I contacted Sandra and we thank her for writing to us about her story, for the photos and for giving us permission to post her poem.
Released in November of 2013, this delightful picture book, A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible by Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW , will help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and all children, for that matter, in becoming less rigid in their thinking.
Folks at SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. thank Brigitte Brocato for informing us about her third picture book that just came out in January 2014. FLOWER CHILDREN is an educational children’s book about the color theory, creating secondary colors from primary colors. It is also a book about kindness and friendships. Ms. Brocato’s other two lovely books for children are ABC and the other one is WALDY.
Are toys, clothes, bedding, books, and even furniture covered with little teeth marks and, worst yet, soaked and ruined from being chewed by a child who MUST chew or bite? Pierrette d’Entremont, owner and designer at SentioLife Solutions, Ltd., has just the safe chewables for those who bite and chew. Their popular chew necklaces KidCompanions Chewelry and the NEW SentioCHEWS, just on the market since November of 2013, help those with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), autism (ASD), Tourette syndrome (TS), Down Syndrome (DS), and all individuals who need oral stimulation. Read more
If your child has a disability, it is a strain on parents emotionally and financially. If one of your children has a physical or learning disability, your finances are probably not one of the areas that you want to focus on. However, with mounting medical bills and perhaps the additional cost of specialist equipment and help with the care of a child with a disability, this is something that you may well need to turn your attention to, as research shows that 40% of families with special needs children are placed under financial strain to meet their child’s additional requirements.
Parents are very busy. Parents of kids with special needs are constantly on the go for doctors’ appointments, therapy sessions, school team meetings, IEP reviews, etc. and we wanted to make life a little easier for you. We do have promotions on our chew necklaces, KidCompanions Chewelry and our SentioCHEWS, during the year but you might not see them. By signing-up for one of our Chew Necklaces Circle Pack Subscription you are sure to get the sensory oral-motor tool your child needs from 15% to 25% off depending on your plan.
As a primary caregiver, it is natural to want to raise a child who is focused on others and who has a sense of responsibility to society. Children, though, do not always naturally possess these traits, especially when living in a culture that caters to an “it’s all about me” ideology. Showing children how to be selfless versus simply telling them how to be selfless may be the key to unlocking the compassion within their hearts. As a nanny, you have the power to show children how to give of themselves through volunteering activities.
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