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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Transitions: Plan, Prepare, Practice, and Patience

Transitions: Plan, Prepare, Practice, and Patience

I was asked to fill out a questionnaire on transitions for an interview a student was doing for a class she was taking. For many youngsters, transitions do not happen easily starting with the first time you try to leave your infant with another caregiver to the day your grown child holds the key to his first “home away from home”.  If you are raising a child with special needs your child will most likely have difficulties with transitions. What can parents do? How can educators help? This post has tips on the importance of starting the road to independence early and why parents must plan, prepare, practice, and have patience.

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Gentle Reminder: FREE Communication Training – TODAY – June 20th 2013 with Tali Berman!

Gentle Reminder: FREE Communication Training – TODAY –  June 20th 2013 with Tali Berman!
Dear parents,

It’s Lorna here with a gentle reminder that the FREE live Communication Training,
“Create Communication Breakthroughs: Learn 3 critical strategies so your child can understand and be understood – without the tantrums and frustration”
with Tali Berman (Autism specialist/author and leader of ‘The Autism Empowerment Telesummit”) is today- Thursday, June 20th, 11am PST/2 pm EST. **Click here to find out what time this is in YOUR time zone.***She’s going to walk you through her step-by-step system and show you how to:

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Creating Communication Breakthroughs: FREE Training On Communication Development In Children with Tali Berman

In a recent worldwide survey conducted by my colleague Tali Berman (Autism specialist/author and leader of ‘The Autism Empowerment Telesummit”),the single topic parents with autistic children want help with MOST is communication development.

Since this is probably an area you want help with as well (no matter your child’s age or stage), I wanted to make sure you knew that Tali will be having a FREE training:

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How One Teacher Made the Difference in this Autisitc Teen’s Life

How One Teacher Made the Difference in this Autisitc Teen’s Life

Pierrette and I thank Tracy Palmer for her guest post telling us her story and for sharing her beautiful poem for the teacher that made all the difference. Today I will post only part of her story, the part about how grateful Ms. Palmer is to the teacher that finally made a difference in their lives. During this first part of May, folks are sharing stories for Teacher Awareness Week and National Teacher Day  and Tracy Palmer’s poem if perfect to show the positive effect one caring teacher can have.

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A Smooth Transition to a New School Year Starts in the Spring

A Smooth Transition to a New School Year Starts in the Spring

Are your summer months marred by a child’s anxious questions about his next school term? Is the first day of school marked by tears and meltdowns? Is the Fall term at school a failure due to stomach aches and headaches resulting in many absent days? What can parents do to make the transition to a new school year or a new grade easier for the child and themselves? Back to school is always a big transition because your child needs to cope with a new teacher, more academic demands and probably a changing social circle. Timely preparation can make all the difference your child needs.

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A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services: Summer Break a Teaching and Learning Opportunity

A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services: Summer Break a Teaching and Learning Opportunity

A Parents’ Guide to Extended School Year Services: Summer Break an Extended Teaching and Learning Opportunity by Marie Jackson is reprinted with permission from the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine, March/April 2008 issue.  We have added the photos and subtitles. Check out this bimonthly magazine at www.AutismDigest.com.

Some information on the  Extended School Year Services (ESY) may have changed since this post has been written but it is important for families of children with special needs to know about Extended School Year Services; therefore, I am reposting it.  You may also find information on the web site of the U.S. Department of Education – Sec. 300.106 Extended school year services and also on WrightsLaw.com 

At a Glance by Amanda Morin:

  • Not all students are eligible for extended school year (ESY) services.
  • ESY services are customized to meet each child’s specific needs.
  • Not all kids with IEPs need ESY services.
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Diagnoses of Autism, Dyspraxia, Sensory Issues, and ADHD in Final Year of School

Diagnoses of Autism, Dyspraxia, Sensory Issues, and ADHD in Final Year of School

Can you believe this, my teen son got diagnoses of autism, dyspraxia, sensory integration difficulties, and ADHD in his final year of school! Pierrette and I thank Tracy Palmer for her guest post telling us her story and for sharing her beautiful poem. Dyspraxia is a learning difficulty affecting some skills and abilities, including balance and coordination.

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Students with Autism: Take Advantage of Special Interests and Strengths

Students with Autism: Take Advantage of Special Interests and Strengths

Often caregivers, educators, and parents are not sure what is the best way to reach and help students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or Asperger’s syndrome. By taking advantage on a student’s special interest area (SIA) it allows them to interact with this student that in no other way would be possible. The child’s special interests can be integrated effectively into home, school, and community activities. Over fifty years ago, Hans Asperger (1991/1944) already knew that special interests are the key to fulfillment and maximized potential in children and youth with Asperger’s syndrome (AS).

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Homework: Prioritize, Plan, Follow Instructions – Organizational Skills Part 4

Homework: Prioritize, Plan, Follow Instructions – Organizational Skills Part 4
Homework: Prioritize, Plan, Follow Instructions – Organizational Skills is part 4 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 a boost in their organizational skills will benefit greatly from Garcia’s sound and sage advice.
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Teaching Organizational Skills to Individuals with Autism: Executive Functioning Part 1

Teaching Organizational Skills to Individuals with Autism: Executive Functioning Part 1

During the coming week, I will post parts 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.

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What to Look for in a Summer Camp for Kids on the Spectrum

What to Look for in a Summer Camp for Kids on the Spectrum
This post, What to Look for in a Summer Camp for Kids on the Spectrum is excerpted from the article, “Going Off to Camp: Information and Encouragement for Parents” that appeared in the March/April 2011 issue of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine. Reprinted with permission. We have added the photos.

Spring has yet to arrive, so why are we talking about summer camp for kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Because you’ll need plenty of time to find a camp and then prepare your child for this important experience. But also because camps are already accepting applications and time is running out.

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