How to Know if Your Special Needs Child has an Inclusive Education by Nicole Eredics

How to Know if Your Special Needs Child has an Inclusive Education by Nicole Eredics

Inclusive education is an approach to education that includes all learners, regardless of ability. It is not a program or teaching strategy. In fact, inclusive education is a school- wide philosophy that is practiced by all members of the school community. It’s benefits, too numerous to list, is regarded by special education experts, to be the gold-standard in delivering educational services to students with special needs.

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The Inclusive Class Podcast: Interview with Temple Grandin – Hosts Nicole Eredics and Terri Mauro

The Inclusive Class Podcast: Interview with Temple Grandin – Hosts Nicole Eredics and Terri Mauro

The Inclusive Class Podcast Presents: An Interview with Dr. Temple Grandin –  Hosts: Nicole Eredics and Terri Mauro 

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time, The Inclusive Class Podcast proudly presents an interview with Dr. Temple Grandin.

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Sensory Chew Necklaces: KidCompanions Chewelry & SentioCHEWS – News and Reviews

Sensory Chew Necklaces: KidCompanions Chewelry & SentioCHEWS – News and Reviews

Does the sensory chew necklaces KidCompanions Chewelry and SentioCHEWS ever come on sale? Do you have price breaks when a customer buys a few items at the same time? How can I be among the first to know about a new product or a price reduction? If you are looking for answers to the above questions and news about our company, SentioLife Solutions, Ltd., the best way to be among the first to know is to subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Online Music Therapy Course for Autism – “Meet in the Music” by Esther Thane

Online Music Therapy Course for Autism – “Meet in the Music” by Esther Thane

Meet in the Music by Esther Thane, BMT, MTA  is a multi media course, packed with demonstrative videos and original compositions for downloads.  It is a resource and training tool for parents wanting to connect with their child with Autism through the power of music, using music therapy strategies one can do at home. Others that benefit include family members, behavioral interventionists, treatment team, and school aides.

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Teen Creates Powerful Educational Video to Encourage Understanding of People with Autism

Teen Creates Powerful Educational Video to Encourage Understanding of People with Autism

Folks at KidCompanions Chewelry Special Needs Blog were pleased to  receive the following press release from Adrienne Robertiello, Autism Educator at Children’s Specialized Hospital and Board member of Autism Family Times with Brianna. We congratulate Alexandra (Alex) Jackman for her volunteer work as a teen mentor working with teens and young children with ASD and now for her awesome video, A Teen’s Guide to Understanding and Communicating with People with Autism.

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Carol Gray Social Story App – StoryMaker™ for Social Stories with Pictures,Text and Audio

Carol Gray Social Story App – StoryMaker™ for Social Stories with Pictures,Text and Audio

Folks behind our Special Needs Blog thank Carol Gray for informing us of StoryMaker™, the app for creating and presenting Social Stories™. StoryMaker is an app from HandHold Adaptive® and it includes exclusive content from Carol Gray, creator of the Social Stories methodology. The app is designed to help parents, educators and clinicians and is designed for an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The following press release from HandHold Adaptive tells you the complete story.

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Dr. Lucy Jane Miller Receives Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller Receives Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award

Congratulations to Dr. Lucy Jane Miller! The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation and STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center’s founder, Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, received the prestigious Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business award in the healthcare category. Dr Miller says, “My biggest desire in receiving this award is that it brings more recognition to Sensory Processing Disorder in hopes that someday, every child with SPD is identified and treated by age 6.”

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How to Get a Teen to Talk to You by Christine Maddox

How to Get a Teen to Talk to You  by Christine Maddox

When kids reach the teen years, especially if they have special needs, they have trouble talking to their parents. It is a hard time in many children’s lives as they struggle to find out where they fit in and how they should become an adult. The urge to talk to them and guide them in their path is strong, but many teens will not accept your help. How can you get your teen to open up and talk to you so that you can help them? Try these tips:

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Sleep problems In Teens Helped by Lifestyle Changes and Changes to Their Bedroom

Sleep problems In Teens Helped by Lifestyle Changes and Changes to Their Bedroom

Is your teen always tired? Does your teen find it difficult to get going each morning and cannot stay focused on school work or homework? Is your teen anxious, depressed, and irritable? Has he difficulty making and keeping friends? Have you considered that all the above could be caused by not enough hours of sleep or poor quality sleep? Sleep problems in teens can be caused by lifestyle choices and having a sleep environment not conducive to sleep.

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Parenting Children with Special Needs: Tips from Ellen Notbohm’s Books and Interviews

Parenting Children with Special Needs: Tips from Ellen Notbohm’s Books and Interviews

This post is to tell you about Ellen Notbohm and her books on parenting children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. The goal of this blog and our Special Needs Book Review site is to help those parenting children with special needs.  For the launch of our new Special Needs Book Review site we  invited authors to participate in an Author Interview Series. This series has been so popular that it is ongoing. We ask authors to tell us about their books, their work, and their lives.

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Autism Support for Parents and Siblings by Ken Myers

Autism Support for Parents and Siblings by Ken Myers

It’s a fact: parents of autistic children often feel lonely, misunderstood, are physically and emotionally exhausted, question faith and beliefs, and may be worried about finances. If you are a friend or family member of a parent with an autistic child, one of the best ways to help initially is to offer emotional support as these families tend to feel disconnected from people who don’t fully understand autism. In addition to offering emotional support, you can offer to baby-sit, help with household chores, be an autism awareness advocate, and help locate support groups and respite resources. Here are some other ways to help lighten their load:

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Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses, The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide by John Taylor, PhD

Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses, The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide by John Taylor, PhD

When I read a book intending to write a review afterwards, I jot down page numbers and interesting points to reread before writing. When I finished reading Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide by John Taylor, PhD  my notes stopped after the first chapter. Why? Like being free in a candy room, I could not choose because all was important, informative and immediately beneficial to families coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This amazing book is for kids, tweens, or teens who are sensory avoiders and their parents or other caregivers.

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