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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Parenting Children with Special Needs: Tips from Ellen Notbohm’s Books and Interviews

Parenting Children with Special Needs: Tips from Ellen Notbohm’s Books and Interviews

This post is to tell you about Ellen Notbohm and her books on parenting children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. The goal of this blog and our Special Needs Book Review site is to help those parenting children with special needs.  For the launch of our new Special Needs Book Review site we  invited authors to participate in an Author Interview Series. This series has been so popular that it is ongoing. We ask authors to tell us about their books, their work, and their lives.

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Autism Support for Parents and Siblings by Ken Myers

Autism Support for Parents and Siblings by Ken Myers

It’s a fact: parents of autistic children often feel lonely, misunderstood, are physically and emotionally exhausted, question faith and beliefs, and may be worried about finances. If you are a friend or family member of a parent with an autistic child, one of the best ways to help initially is to offer emotional support as these families tend to feel disconnected from people who don’t fully understand autism. In addition to offering emotional support, you can offer to baby-sit, help with household chores, be an autism awareness advocate, and help locate support groups and respite resources. Here are some other ways to help lighten their load:

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Public Libraries a Free Resource for People of Any Age

Public Libraries a Free Resource for People of Any Age

Parents are constantly searching for the next best thing for their children. Many would fight tooth and nail to have access to a free facility open almost every day of the year that offers free enrichment programs and resources for all age groups. They would advocate to be allowed to take home the resource material and be able to use the on-site, cutting-edge technology. They would line up to enroll their children in the homework help programs, craft programs and music and story appreciation sessions. Yes, support groups would spring up to sponsor and clamor for such sought after resource centers. Well, parents, you already have this next best thing…it is your local, public library.

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Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses, The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide by John Taylor, PhD

Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses, The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide by John Taylor, PhD

When I read a book intending to write a review afterwards, I jot down page numbers and interesting points to reread before writing. When I finished reading Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide by John Taylor, PhD  my notes stopped after the first chapter. Why? Like being free in a candy room, I could not choose because all was important, informative and immediately beneficial to families coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). This amazing book is for kids, tweens, or teens who are sensory avoiders and their parents or other caregivers.

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Why All Families Need Good Vacation Experiences by Lisa Harrington

Why All Families Need Good Vacation Experiences by Lisa Harrington

Not making time for a family vacation is a real shame for any family. For a family with a child who has a disability or a special needs, the summer can seem like the time to schedule in any additional support or educational need the child may require. Of course, providing extra care and support, particularly around schooling, is a priority for such families. Nevertheless, going on a vacation is never wasted time for families with a special needs child.

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Read Aloud Books for Blind Children – Guest Post by Lisa Harrington

Read Aloud Books for Blind Children – Guest Post by Lisa Harrington

It is just as important for blind or near blind children to participate in story book reading as it is for any other child. The ritual of sitting reading a story, particularly at bedtime, is one that has been practiced for generations around the world, and is not only a time of bonding and re-affirming that bond between parent, or carer, and child; it is a time of exploration for the child. What are the choices in books for blind children?

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Children Allergies Can Do More than Make One Sneeze by Sara Dawkins

Children Allergies Can Do More than Make One Sneeze by Sara Dawkins

Allergies can have a variety of causes within the home. These allergies can produce anything from a sneeze to more detrimental afflictions such as nausea. Some allergies can go so far as to even simulate mental illnesses. Although some of them can be easily spotted, others may take a great deal of effort to discover. If your child is experiencing an allergic reaction of varying degrees, would you be able to identify the source?

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Getting KidCompanions Chewelry Just RIGHT for Sensitive Kids and Market Ready

Getting KidCompanions Chewelry Just RIGHT for Sensitive Kids and Market Ready

What Was Involved Getting KidCompanions Chewelry Market Ready? Pierrette’s goal was to design a stylish, efficient, and SAFE sensory oral-motor tool that users with sensory issues wear. This jewelry that you chew had to double-up as a hand fidget for children who need to manipulate a hand fidget to become calm or to help them focus… busy the hands to allow the brain to stay on task.

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