Who Is Behind KidCompanions Chewelry and What Is Her Story?

Who Is Behind KidCompanions Chewelry and What Is Her Story?

Pierrette and Lorna d’Entremont, daughter and mother, are co-owners of SentioLife Solutions, the makers of the sensory tool line “KidCompanions Chewelry“. The original KidCompanions chew necklace was invented by Pierrette in 2007. Our sensory oral-motor tool is still made in Canada and sourced in Canada and the United states.  Our sensory chew necklace is a SAFE chewy/fidget that brings parents peace of mind and the user comfort, calming, and satisfying of sensory and fidgeting needs.

The following are questions you may have about KidCompanions Chewelry and how it came about.

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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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Water Safety: The Ultimate Life Skill By James Ball, BCBA-D

Water Safety: The Ultimate Life Skill By James Ball, BCBA-D

According to the National Autism Association, drowning is the #1 cause of injury-related deaths in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Every year children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) die from drowning, when these children wander off and are attracted to the water. Children with ASD do not fear “death” the way we do. At early ages, they do not understand the finality of death nor are they afraid of those things that could cause death, like water.

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A Father’s Moment by Patrick Paulitz

A Father’s Moment by Patrick Paulitz

All of us make daily choices in life. Most of these choices are trivial, like what to have for dinner or what color socks to wear. Other choices are more life-changing, like whom to marry, where to live, or what house to buy. Sometimes, choices are made which at the time seem to be in error, but allow us, if our ears, eyes, and mind are open, to learn about life, our children, ourselves. Sometimes a wrong turn can lead to nothing less than a miracle.

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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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Holidays Ring “Hollow” For Some Children with Special Needs

Holidays Ring “Hollow” For Some Children with Special Needs

Holidays and celebrations, like Easter, Thanksgiving, and birthdays, should be a happy time in families. When I think back to those days of celebration, when our children were growing up, the memories I have are not at all happy ones. Unfortunately holidays are often very stressful for many families of children with special needs like autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, etc. Why do these kids with challenging needs hate almost everything about family gatherings associated with celebrating holidays and birthdays?

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Students with Sensory Processing Issues: Sensory Smart School Solutions by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L

Students with Sensory Processing Issues: Sensory Smart School Solutions by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L

This post on helping students with sensory processing issues entitled, Sensory Smart School Solutions, is written by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L. It is reprinted with permission from a featured article  in the Autism Asperger’s Digest. We have added the photos and information about KidCompanions Chewelry. The Autism Asperger’s Digest, a division of Future Horizons, Inc. was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism.

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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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