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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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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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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Best Gifts For Children with Special Needs by Marcela De Vivo

Best Gifts For Children with Special Needs by Marcela De Vivo

Knowing what to get for a child with special needs can be somewhat difficult, especially if you’re buying a gift for a child that isn’t your own. While having some knowledge of the child’s needs can be helpful, it isn’t always a necessity, and there are a variety of gifts that are ideal for children with all types of special needs.

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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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Children with Special Needs: Benefits of Physical Activities and Adaptive Sports

Children with Special Needs: Benefits of Physical Activities and Adaptive Sports

It is an undisputed fact that young and old must strive for a healthy lifestyle. This means kids, teens and adults must keep mentally and physically fit. Children with special needs most definitely benefit from having a balance in all aspects of their life: social, physical, and mental. My post today will bring out the benefits of physical activity for a child with special needs and what is available to make this happen.

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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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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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Tips for Family Road Trips with Kids with Special Needs

Tips for Family Road Trips with Kids with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs must always work harder than most parents even for the simplest things. A road trip, which is fun for most families, is a nightmare to many special needs families. How can a special needs family enjoy a road trip without meltdowns and upsets for all passengers? A successful road trip begins long before the departure day.  Plan, prepare, and pack carefully so that all chances for a pleasant day or a longer road trip with kids are on your side. Road trips with kids can be a wonderful experience and you do not need a limousine.

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Tips on Helping Siblings of a Child with Special Needs Feel Loved and Important

Tips on Helping Siblings of a Child with Special Needs Feel Loved and Important

How do you make siblings of a child with special needs feel SPECIAL also and a valued part of the family? How can parents schedule their days to have quality time alone with the child who DOES NOT have special needs?  It is a very difficult position for both parents and siblings. What can these parents do? One week this was my topic for The Coffee Klatch Tweetchat I used to moderate. My guest for that topic was Julie Wolfe, both author and illustrator of  My Holly – A Story of a Brother’s Understanding and Acceptance.  This picture book is to help siblings of a child with special needs understand and accept their brother or sister who needs exceptional care.

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