Benefits of Coloring for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Benefits of Coloring for Kids, Teens, and Adults

What are the benefits of coloring for kids, teens, and adults? Coloring books have been around for ages but when my own children were young we started hearing that coloring someone else’s designs was not creative enough.  Parents and teachers were advised to let the children draw their own pictures and then hopefully color them.

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Finger Picking or Skin Picking “Habits” That Are Difficult to Break by Bill Nason, MS, LLP

Finger Picking or Skin Picking “Habits” That Are Difficult to Break by Bill Nason, MS, LLP

I just found a very informative page on Facebook, it is the “Autism Discussion Page – Helping Your Child Feel “Safe, Accepted, and Competent”.  This page was developed by Bill Nason, MS, LLP to discuss tools that help children on the autism spectrum feel safe, accepted and competent. Although each child is different, with their unique strengths

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Understanding Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Understanding Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

A post to help in understanding schizophrenia, a mental disorder that generally appears in late adolescence or early adulthood – however, it can emerge at any time in life. It is one of many brain diseases that may include delusions, loss of personality (flat affect), confusion, agitation, social withdrawal, psychosis, and bizarre behavior. On the Schizophrenia Society

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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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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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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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Mental Illness and Mental Health in Children and Youth

Mental Illness and Mental Health in Children and Youth

Unfortunately the term “A Happy Childhood” does not apply to all children and youth. It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or mental disorder, as it is also referred to. Mental disorders are the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are the second highest hospital care expense in Canada.

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My Child is Struggling: Is It ADHD or Depression or Both?

My Child is Struggling: Is It ADHD or Depression or Both?

Parent of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) must pay attention if their child’s behavior changes. Sometimes when a very active child becomes more quiet, their parents believe this is a good sign because the hyperactivity is subsiding. Unfortunately their child could be exhibiting symptoms of depression. In fact, children and teens with ADHD are at risk for developing depression as much as 3 times greater than for other children. Caregivers must know the signs of ADHD or depression to get help for their child before it escalates.

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Halloween Treat Ideas to Beat the Scary Additives Craze

Halloween Treat Ideas to Beat the Scary Additives Craze

There’s no question that trick-or-treaters get way too much candy. Halloween only comes once a year but the harmful health effects of some candy can last much longer.

Halloween candy can pose real health risks. Scary additives are plentiful. So if you DO give out candy, look for naturally flavored and colored alternatives. PGPR, Red #40, BlueLake, Yellow #5 and TBHQ are ingredients that should be avoided. Linked to the development of neurological disorders, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, insomnia and more, they are just bad. In mass Halloween quantities, scary for sure.

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Anatomy of Special Needs Children by Masters-in-special-education.com

Anatomy of Special Needs Children by Masters-in-special-education.com

The majority of our readers are parents of special needs children. Raising children with challenging needs is not easy and the more others know about the many different needs these children have the more they will understand what their parents are going through. The Infographic that follows titled “The Anatomy of a Special Needs Child” lets you see very quickly all the different needs many children and their families deal with every day.

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Why a Child Is Fearful or Anxious and Strategies to Empower Your Child

Why a Child Is Fearful or Anxious and Strategies to Empower Your Child

When a child is fearful or anxious it affects the whole family; therefore, it is has to be dealt with carefully and in a timely manner. Fears are a normal part of growing up.  A healthy amount of fear is what will keep your child safe and alert to the dangers that he confronts each day.  Children must learn we all have fears and that we have to learn to handle fear so that it does not control us.  Parents must not belittle their child’s fears but must provide the support and life skills to cope with them.

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