“Who Cares About Kelsey” – An Interview with Dan Habib – The Inclusive Class Podcast

“Who Cares About Kelsey” – An Interview with Dan Habib – The Inclusive Class Podcast

Nicole Eredics, host of The Inclusive Class Podcast, is pleased to announce that filmmaker, Dan Habib, will be returning to their show this Friday, August 30 @ 9 AM EST to discuss the themes and purpose of his recent film, Who Cares About Kelsey?  The film follows Kelsey Carroll, a high school student, who transformed from a “problem student” to one who became motivated and self-confident with the help of caring, supportive adults.

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Learning Tips For a Child With Dyslexia & ADHD: Through our Interview with Kristen DeBeer

Learning Tips For a Child With Dyslexia & ADHD: Through our Interview with Kristen DeBeer

I Believe in You: A Mother’s Message to Her Son with Learning Differences by Kristen DeBeer is one of those children’s books that make me wish, a little, that I was still teaching. I Believe in You would have been one of my favorite go-to children’s book to read to the class to open up discussions on various topics that upset some students. I would have made sure there were copies of I Believe in You in our school library and on my classroom book shelf. Why? In each grade level we have students facing challenges because of their learning differences that need to hear Kristen Debeer’s encouraging message.Their peers also have to hear how some children have learning differences and different strengths. They have to hear these lines taken from I Believe in You so they can understand. Understanding fosters acceptance and compassion.

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Sleep problems In Teens Helped by Lifestyle Changes and Changes to Their Bedroom

Sleep problems In Teens Helped by Lifestyle Changes and Changes to Their Bedroom

Is your teen always tired? Does your teen find it difficult to get going each morning and cannot stay focused on school work or homework? Is your teen anxious, depressed, and irritable? Has he difficulty making and keeping friends? Have you considered that all the above could be caused by not enough hours of sleep or poor quality sleep? Sleep problems in teens can be caused by lifestyle choices and having a sleep environment not conducive to sleep.

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Homework: Chunk and Time It, Use Visual Structures – Organizational Skills Part 3

Homework: Chunk and Time It, Use Visual Structures – Organizational Skills Part 3

This is part 3 of Marcia Garcia Winner‘s article on Teaching Organizational Skills to Individuals with  autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her article benefits all students who lack this much needed skill not only students with autism spectrum disorder; therefore, teachers, parents, and all who live or work with an individual who needs to learn organizational skills that include Executive Functioning will benefit greatly from Garcia’s sound and sage advice. Part 3 has tips on how to self-organize to complete homework on time for students with weak organizational skills who and are unable to interpret and predict deadlines.

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Juvenile Bipolar Disorder: Often Misdiagnosed or Overlooked

Juvenile Bipolar Disorder: Often Misdiagnosed or Overlooked

When bipolar disorder is finally diagnosed in an individual, parents will most often confess that since early childhood, as young as 5 or 6 years of age, they KNEW something was not just right. They explain how their child has had a very difficult time to settle for the night, had extreme difficulty sleeping through the night, experienced severe separation anxiety and had always had lots of challenging issues. The visits to their professional support had probably been in vain as all the above complaints could be attributed to many causes; therefore, Juvenile Bipolar Disorder is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Pediatric bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnosed because many of the symptoms are similar to those of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or conduct disorders — or even just normal, childhood behavior.

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Nine Ways How Special Dogs are Helping Children with Special Needs

Nine Ways How Special Dogs are Helping Children with Special Needs

When Jasmine Hall messaged me about her informative post on how dogs are now allowed in schools to help children with special needs feel more secure, happy, and in return more apt to learn, I knew this information would benefit many of our readers. For  students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome (AS), sensory processing disorder (SPD), social anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome, life threatening allergies, etc.  going to school is a challenge.  Getting them ready and willing to go is often a nightmare for the caregivers! Parents, teachers, and therapists should look into the possibility of introducing dogs in the mix of treatment and support.

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Why Kids Bite Their Nails? Tools, Tips and Tactics to Stop Nail Biting

Why Kids Bite Their Nails? Tools, Tips and Tactics to Stop Nail Biting

Nail biting is one of the most common ‘nervous traits’ in children but if it is not stopped, many times it continues into adulthood. Some children bite their nails because of stress, insecurity, anxiety or boredom. For some, nail biting is a habit or a need for comfort. Like hair twirling, hair chewing, hair tugging, teeth grinding, thumb sucking, finger tapping, and nose picking, nail biting makes you a target for teasing and is a health concern.

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Tactics Tackling Homework for a Child with ADHD

Tactics Tackling Homework for a Child with ADHD
Tactics Tackling Homework for a Child with ADHD
By referring to the characteristics of a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder), you should be able to furnish an efficient, study nook for your child and establish a set of guidelines to make everyone happier about the thorny issue of homework. Your child might be able to comply to the following suggestions if these homework strategies or guidelines are discussed with him and he is given a little input in the decisions.
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