Whole Brain Edutainment: Speech Apps For Kids by Tracy Wannemacher, M.S. CCC-SLP/L

Whole Brain Edutainment: Speech Apps For Kids by Tracy Wannemacher, M.S. CCC-SLP/L

This post introduces our readers to a company founded in 2013 called “Whole Brain Edutainment“. Tracy Wannemacher, M.S. CCC-SLP/L, and Antonio Sanders, an AAA game developer, are the folks behind this company that makes educational apps for kids. Together they developed unique speech apps for kids called “ABC app for Kids” loaded with educational and developmental value. The apps are based on applied

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Fidgeting Is Helpful for ADHD: Squirming Has Purpose Study Shows

Fidgeting Is Helpful for ADHD: Squirming Has Purpose Study Shows

ScienceDaily, a great source for the latest research news, posted an article titled, “Squirm with purpose: Fidgeting is helpful for ADHD patients, study shows”. The study they refer to is by Florida State University, February 22, 2016. In a nutshell the new research confirms the following: Children often fidget or move when they are trying to solve a problem, and that movement

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Sensory and Focus Issues: Help Whining, Wiggly Kids

Sensory and Focus Issues: Help Whining, Wiggly Kids

Think your child has sensory and focus issues? Parents are always told that behavior is a form of communication. If parents can figure out what is causing their child to be constantly On-the-GO or to constantly be chewing, biting, mouthing toys, clothing, hair, hands or fingers, etc., then they can help them. If parents cannot help

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Chew Pendants Allow Your Chewer to Get On with the Day!

Chew Pendants Allow Your Chewer to Get On with the Day!

Parents and OT’s, thanks for the many positive messages and photos about SentioLife Solutions’ chew pendants you post on our KidCompanions Chewelry Facebook Page and on Twitter! Your posts show us the many reasons our chew pendants, that also double up as Clip-on Hand Fidgets, have become so popular. We are pleased that the chew pendants

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How to Improve the School Life of Children with Disabilities – Infographic

How to Improve the School Life of Children with Disabilities – Infographic

The team at KidCompanions Chewelry Blog has received permission from UKS Mobility to publish the following infographic and they also wrote the introduction on How to Improve the School Life of  Disabled Children.  Disabled children often face a tough time at school due to lack of awareness surrounding disability, the absence of proper facilities, and negative attitudes towards

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What Is Irlen Syndrome? What Are the Symptoms? by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L

What Is Irlen Syndrome? What Are the Symptoms? by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L

I reviewed a book whose author has two children with Irlen syndrome and was happy to learn another author could tell us all about it! On Irlen.com I learned, ” Irlen Syndrome (also referred to at times as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and Visual Stress) is a perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardized educational or medical tests. This problem can manifest itself differently for each individual. This problem is not remediable and is often a lifetime barrier to learning and performance.”

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How Weighted Products Provide Proprioceptive Sensory Input

How Weighted Products Provide Proprioceptive Sensory Input
So many problems, so many choice, so many decisions…Parents of children with special needs must feel overwhelmed so many times! This post answers questions regarding weighted products. What weighted products are available for children to provide proprioceptive sensory input? How do weighted products help? Weighted products are used to diffuse tension and help promote a sense of calmness and comfort by using, for example, a cozy weighted blanket to enhance sensory integration. The blanket is perfect for bundling up while promoting relaxation and sensory feedback.
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Academic Accommodations for Mental Health Problems: Know Your Rights

Academic Accommodations for Mental Health Problems: Know Your Rights

This post about academic accommodations was first published in May 26, 2010. Today, March 2016 we have updated the content and the links to help parents and young adults with mental health issues or other special needs to know their right to academic accommodations while pursuing courses in community colleges, university, and any other post-secondary education.

Parents of 5 year old children going off to primary school, think it is difficult to see their little one leave the nest. Seeing an older teen with mental health problems going off to university can make parents sick with worry. For all of you who are about to face the same situation, read on to find out the kind of academic accommodations university students with mental illnesses are entitled to as are students with many other disabilities or challenging needs.

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Off The Page Hi-Lo eBooks: Easy-to-Read, High Interest eBooks for Teens and Young Adults

We have found the most beautiful hi-lo eBooks by a company called Off The PageOff The Page eBooks are fun, educational, easy-to-read books tailored to teens and young adult readers. The easy-to-read, high interest eBooks are made in New Zealand by Anne Russell and Rosemary Emery and used around the world. These beautiful eBooks are for adolescents and young adults with reading difficulties especially students with Down syndrome, autism, and learning disabilities. Make reading fun with these hi-lo eBooks designed with the needs and interests of mature students who are just beginning to read.

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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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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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