Help STOP Bullying – NO ONE Deserves to be Bullied

Help STOP Bullying – NO ONE Deserves to be Bullied

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. 

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Everyone Has a Responsibility To STOP Bullying by Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation

Everyone Has a Responsibility To STOP Bullying by Williams Syndrome Changing Lives Foundation

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.

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Special Education Technology Helping Students with Disabilities by Felicity Dryer

Special Education Technology Helping Students with Disabilities by Felicity Dryer

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.

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Teens Online: Keeping Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying – Infographic

Teens Online: Keeping Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying – Infographic

The team at SentioLife Solutions thanks Amy Williams for this guest post –
Teens Online: Keeping Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying – Infographic

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.

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Jill Mays, MS, OTR/L, Helps Parents Understand How Play Leads to Handwriting Success

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!

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Special Diets for Special Kids

Special Diets for Special Kids

Volumes 1 and 2 Combined by Lisa Lewis, PhD

What are the WHYs and HOWs behind dietary intervention? Do you know about the positive effects special diets seem to be having on children with autism, ADHD, allergies, celiac disease, sleep, behavior, etc.? After reading Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D., I would really give a gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet a try.

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

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 Chewelry was designed by Pierrette in 2006 and she designed our Tougher-than-Silicone 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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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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Questions About Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza, Asperger’s Syndrome, & SPD by Temple Grandin, PhD

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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Dr. Temple Grandin: A Special Breed of Hero – Infographic

Dr. Temple Grandin: A Special Breed of Hero – Infographic

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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Transitions: Plan, Prepare, Practice, and Patience

Transitions: Plan, Prepare, Practice, and Patience

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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Sensory Enriched Environment Has Impact on Children with Autism

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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