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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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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KidCompanions Chewelry Designed by a Mom Who Knows About Special Needs

KidCompanions Chewelry Designed by a Mom Who Knows About Special Needs

WHO is behind¬†KidCompanions Chewelry?¬†Pierrette d‚ÄôEntremont, a mom who breast fed her three children, felt there was a need on the market for a safe item to occupy the exploring hands of a baby being fed or held.¬†¬†Pierrette developed a two-part pendant and a custom breakaway clasp which she called¬†HeartString Baby’s Companions . This process took a while. Then this handy chewy or fidget toy for ¬†infants and toddlers evolved into a sensory oral-motor tool for individuals with special needs. Here is the KidCompanions Chewelry story!

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Tips On Helping Picky Eaters Try New Foods and Enjoy Mealtimes

Tips On Helping Picky Eaters Try New Foods and Enjoy Mealtimes

How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food? How to make mealtimes a happy time in your family even with a picky eater? Who better to ask than  Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, author of  Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food! Practical and Surprising Tips from a Pediatric Feeding Specialist  and executive producer of CD Dancing in the Kitchen: Songs That Create the Joy of Food.

Melanie Potock was my guest on The Coffee Klatch Tweetchat when I was moderator and this interview took place on Twitter with its 140 character restriction.¬†We learned about Melanie and her successful book and CD and our feeding specialist tweeted informative answers to parents trying to make ‚Äúmealtimes a happy time‚ÄĚ in their family. Here is part of our Twitter Interview.

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Chewy and Fidget for Kids, Tweens and Teens

Chewy and Fidget for Kids, Tweens and Teens

A chewy and fidget are used to satisfy the needs of many who have an overwhelming urge to chew, bite, and fidget to get on with the day. These sensory oral-motor tools are chewable and wearable chew pendants for people with special needs like autism or that have sensory challenges. Individuals of all ages use them for focusing, calming, alerting, and to increase oral sensory awareness. Many who find transitions difficult, hold on to their familiar chewable necklace and feel less stressed going from home to school and from classroom to different parts of the school.

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