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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Changing How the World Views Autism by Jodi Murphy, Geek Club Books

Changing How the World Views Autism by Jodi Murphy, Geek Club Books

The team at SentioLife Solutions thanks Jodi Murphy, founder of Geek Club Books, for this excellent guest post she titled “Changing How the World Views Autism”. Geek Club Books focuses on innovative, entertaining autism education. The Mighty web site explains that Geek Club Books tells the stories of autism through apps, curriculum, digital media, and webisodes to change perceptions

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The Forgotten Child by Anne Ford – Sibling Issues

The Forgotten Child by Anne Ford – Sibling Issues

The following guest post titled “The Forgotten Child by Anne Ford – Sibling Issues” is printed with permission from the author. The team at Special Needs Book Review (SNBR) received the four books written by Anne Ford and John-Richard Thompson listed at the end of this post. We thank the authors for these books and for a guest post introducing their book published in March 2015 titled,”The Forgotten Child:“If She is Special, What am I?” Sibling Issues: When Learning Disabilities Cause Tension in the Home”.  Read about this book on our SNBR site. The following guest post explains why the authors chose The Forgotten Child:“If She is Special, What am I?” as the title for their fourth book.

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Raising a Girl with Autism – Asperger’s In Pink by Julie Clark ~ Book Review

Raising a Girl with Autism – Asperger’s In Pink by Julie Clark ~ Book Review

This post introduces you to one of my favorite special needs parenting books. If you are raising a girl with autism you will appreciate this book. I just wrote a review of it for our Special Needs Book Review site. It is Asperger’s in Pink ~ Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger’s by “Julie Clark.  

Julie writes about her family as they learn how to care for their daughter with Asperger’s syndrome. Even though this book fills the need for a resource for families and educators of a girl with autism, it is also very beneficial for all parents of a special needs child because many aspects of the Clark’s family struggle apply to all. These parents will learn from Julie Clark’s experience as they also sift through the EAS (Educational Alphabet Soup) IEP, 504, PAT, FAPE, CSE, OT…

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Review of Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD Sibling Support Handbook by Trish Thorpe

On our Special Needs Book Review site we reviewed one of the four books Trish Thorpe has written titled  Asperger’s Sibling Support: 15 Practical Tips for Parents/Caregivers. We thank the author for writing to us about the 2nd edition of this book with a new title,  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Sibling Support Handbook (updated Jan. 2015). See the links at the end of this post to our interview with Ms. Thorpe and to a guest post about her book on ASD sibling support.

Trish Thorpe also agreed to write the following guest post introducing her book on ASD sibling support.

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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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Life with Down Syndrome by Amanda Gilbert

Life with Down Syndrome by Amanda Gilbert

The team at SentioLife Solutions thanks Amanda Gilbert for her beautiful post about raising a child with Down syndrome. The Mayo Clinic Staff  writes, “There are no known behavioral or environmental factors that cause Down syndrome.
Is Down syndrome inherited? Most of the time, Down syndrome isn’t inherited. It’s caused by a mistake in cell division during the development of the egg, sperm or embryo.

Some parents have a greater risk of having a baby with Down syndrome. Risk factors include:

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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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The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well by Paula LaRocque

The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well  by Paula LaRocque

Has it been a while since your last English writing course? Have you been wondering if grammar rules have changed? Wished you knew the acceptable use of jargon, fad, and cliché? Reading The Book on Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Well by Paula LaRocque is a quick and easy way to review and hone your language arts skills.

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Teens Online: Keeping Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying – Infographic

Teens Online: Keeping Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying – Infographic

The team at SentioLife Solutions thanks Amy Williams for this guest post –
Teens Online: Keeping Your Child Safe From Cyberbullying

In years past, bullying took place in school hallways and on playgrounds. Children were able to seek relief from their tormentors at home. Today, unfortunately, this is becoming no longer the norm. With the prevalence of social media and the widespread use of the internet among preteens and teens, bullies can lurk around every digital corner. Humiliating photos and hurtful comments litter Facebook profiles and Instagram photos, creating insecurity and emotional distress in children.

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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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