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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Coping with an Introverted Child by Ashley Hardway

Coping with an Introverted Child by Ashley Hardway

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. But then things changed. Our daughter became what could be labelled as an introverted child.

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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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Everything® Kids’ Learning Activities Book: 145 Entertaining Activities and Learning Games for Kids

Everything® Kids’ Learning Activities Book: 145 Entertaining Activities and Learning Games for Kids

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!

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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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Helping Children Sleep More Comfortably in a New Home by Michelle LaRowe

Helping Children Sleep More Comfortably in a New Home by Michelle LaRowe

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.

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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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Multimedia Children’s Book That Helps Kids Develop EQ: A Dark & Dismal Flower

Coliloquy is a digital publisher, leveraging advances in technology to enable the next generation of interactive ebooks and reader engagement apps. Coliloquy just published an  A Dark & Dismal Flower written by mother and daughter authors J.C. Herz and Eve Scott.  This amazing children’s book is mesmerizing and takes you on a magical, mysterious  journey where seeds sprout, grow, and blossom into allegorical flowers – a classic fairy tale for tablet devices that opens doors to parent-child conversations on emotions.

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Tourette Syndrome and School: Your Child, His Tics and How To Tell his Classmates

Tourette Syndrome and School: Your Child, His Tics and How To Tell his Classmates

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.

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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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