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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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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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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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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FREE Registration for the “Autism Empowerment Telesummit- 2014”: Doors Are Open!

FREE Registration for the “Autism Empowerment Telesummit- 2014”: Doors Are Open!

Doors are open for the  FREE “Autism Empowerment Telesummit- 2014“, where a panel of 15  world wide experts in the field of autism, with years of experience, research and success, is devoted to sharing  their knowledge and practical tools with you so you can witness transformation in YOUR child, including Dr. Temple Grandin, Julie Matthews, Kerri Rivera, Lynette Louise, Melanie Potock, Tali Berman, and more!

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5 Reasons Why Music Helps Children with Special Needs by The Rhythm Tree

5 Reasons Why Music Helps Children with Special Needs by The Rhythm Tree

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

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Poem About Raising A Child with Special Needs: My Actual Name Is Scott! by Sandra MacLaren

Poem About Raising A Child with Special Needs: My Actual Name Is Scott! by Sandra MacLaren

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.

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Signs of Intellectual Disability in Children and Tips on Assistive Technology (AT) Options for Your Child

Signs of Intellectual Disability in Children and Tips on Assistive Technology (AT) Options for Your Child

Besteducationdegrees.com wrote to us about their infographic entitled “There’s An APP For That – Assistive Technology (AT) and Learning Disabled Children“. The infographic is colorful, eye-catching, and has lots of important tips for parents, teachers, and all who work with children. You will love the 10 Great iPad Apps and the 10 Great Android Apps! The information will help you understand the basics—it is important for caregivers to know what Assistive Technology (AT)  can and cannot do.

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Let’s Talk Breakaway Lanyards: Material, Color Choices, Clasp, Comfort, and Length

Let’s Talk Breakaway Lanyards: Material, Color Choices, Clasp, Comfort, and Length

Why has our team at SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. worked so hard to find safe, comfortable ways for kids, tweens, or teens to wear our KidCompanions Chewelry and now our SentioCHEWS? First consider why they need chew necklaces with comfortable breakaway lanyards.  These individuals have sensory challenges, fidgeting/focusing problems, anxiety or transition issues. The first thing they need is a feels-just-right chewable tool! The chew necklace lanyard must feel good around the neck. Moreover the pendant must have the correct tactile texture to satisfy their needs.

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