Sensory and Focus Issues: Help Whining, Wiggly Kids

Sensory and Focus Issues: Help Whining, Wiggly Kids

Think your child has sensory and focus issues? Parents are always told that behavior is a form of communication. If parents can figure out what is causing their child to be constantly On-the-GO or to constantly be chewing, biting, mouthing toys, clothing, hair, hands or fingers, etc., then they can help them. If parents cannot help

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Help STOP Bullying – NO ONE Deserves to be Bullied

Help STOP Bullying – NO ONE Deserves to be Bullied

Bullying and Cyberbullying – these are topics on the minds of many educators, parents, and everyone who works with youth, especially those who have special needs.  The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, schools and whole communities join forces to explore the best Anti-Bullying and Bullying Prevention ideas and to raise awareness that more needs to be done to tackle these serious issues. 

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Friendship Circle’s 2014 Great Bike Giveaway for Kids with Special Needs

Friendship Circle’s 2014 Great Bike Giveaway for Kids with Special Needs

Friendship Circle has organized for the third consecutive year a Great Bike Giveaway for kids and young adults with special needs. This is a national contest (for folks in the US) giving away adaptive bikes to children with special needs. Friendship Circle is partnering with these bike companies to provide some of the best adaptive bikes to the children and young adults who need them most.

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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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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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Evangelina’s HeartStrings – – – Hope For Evangelina.

Evangelina’s HeartStrings – – – Hope For Evangelina.

We often get emails from families with special needs kids. Often these messages are emotional.

My post today is about such a family. As a Canadian, I am usually stunned at the financial hardship that my neighbours to the south endure. This story is no exception.

Hope For Evangelina was written by Mom Amanda, using a MOBILE PHONE. Complete with vivid images, her message brought up the memory of my own 30 wk premie. Their financial and family issues are unlike ours, but the helplessness of having to watch your child struggle, is shared. Many of you will also empathize, Evangelina pulls at the HeartStrings…

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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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