Book Review of Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist by Marla Roth-Fisch

Book Review of Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist by Marla Roth-Fisch

All parents will be pleased to learn about this amazing kid’s book on visiting the dentist. Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist  written and illustrated by Marla Roth-Fisch helps all children overcome their fear of visiting the dentist.  This beautiful children’s book is packed with hints for parents on making a visit to the dentist a better experience. It is especially helpful for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and other special needs. Parents of kids on the autism spectrum appreciate Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist because they can use it as a Social Story to prepare their child for their appointments to the dentist.   

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Neutralizing Negative Messaging about Children with Autism by Lorrie Servati

Neutralizing Negative Messaging about Children with Autism by Lorrie Servati

The team at SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. thanks Lorrie Servati for her post, “Neutralizing Negative Messaging about Children with Autism”. It fits perfectly with our other posts of October about bullying and cyberbullying as this is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Children with Autism as well as other children with special needs are too often victims of bullying by their peers. Parents, other caregivers, and school staff have to be vigilant year round to protect the most vulnerable students who are taunted by others and they must act immediately to put a stop to this bullying.

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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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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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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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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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Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun

Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun

Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun is reprinted with permission from a 2011 column on “GFCF Cooking Together with Kids” offered by the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine. This selection is featured in the July/August 2011 issue. Find previous GFCF Cooking Together articles at the Article Library page of the AADigest website, www.AutismDigest.com.

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