Working with Children with Disabilities – Julia Kay O’Connor

Working with Children with   Disabilities – Julia Kay O’Connor

Recently Special Needs Book Review posted about a wonderful book for children titled Jolly Molly Dolly by Julia Kay O’Connor.  This book is not only great for children with disabilities but it helps all children learn about therapy equipment available to make the lives of others with challenges easier. Julia O’Connor is the Integrated Services Coordinator at an

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Teething and Chewing Necklaces Under FDA Warning – Issues to Consider with Chewelry, What Are The Rules and Navigating The Design of Oral Sensory Tools.

Teething and Chewing  Necklaces Under FDA Warning – Issues to Consider with Chewelry,  What Are The Rules and Navigating The Design of Oral Sensory Tools.

The scenario is that teething and chewing necklaces are now under FDA warning. But, after trying alternatives and OT behavior techniques, your child still chews everything! Now what? How do you navigate the chewy minefield? Are there products safer than pencils, sleeves and household items? How do you find them? I felt this way in 2006 and this article revisits all the reasons why our company exists. The FDA Warning: Chew and

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Ben Needed Oral Motor Input – He Chewed Everything, Parents Tried Everything

Ben Needed Oral Motor Input – He Chewed Everything, Parents Tried Everything

Social media makes it possible for a small business owner to interact with others in all corners of the world. We have designed two lines of chew necklaces and always love getting feedback about who uses our KidCompanions Chewelry and our Tougher-than-Silicone SentioCHEWS. Through our Special Needs Book Review site, I have a new cyber

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How Technology is Increasingly Putting Our Children into Dangerous Positions

How Technology is Increasingly Putting Our Children into Dangerous Positions

As technology strides forward, so does our quality of  life. We are now in a world where common household appliances can operate without our attention, cars nearly drive on their own, and if you need to learn anything about anything, you can look it up on your supercomputer that fits in the palm of your

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TEN Tips For a Successful Family Vacation With Children With Special Needs

TEN Tips For a Successful Family Vacation With Children With Special Needs

Summer vacations can provide a relaxing break for many families. However, children with special needs may struggle during vacation because of the changes to their schedule, routine and environment. Implement several tips as you plan a successful summer vacation for your entire family. Choose a Quiet Destination If your child has sensory challenges, choose a

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The Long-Term Effects of Bullying

The Long-Term Effects of Bullying

Did you know that the effects of bullying reach not just the victim but also the bully? Those who work with kids, tweens and teens know too well why you must stop bullying to avoid long term harm to all parties involved. They know the problems surrounding all forms of bullying are far reaching and may affect the victim, the bully, and even the silent bystanders.

As parents, we all worry about bullying. And, unfortunately, the statistics tell us we have a cause for concern.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that bullying affects as many as 20 percent of high school students while cyberbullying impacts 16 percent.

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Is Social Media to Blame for the Worsening Mental Health of Teenagers?

Is Social Media to Blame for the Worsening Mental Health of Teenagers?

Today, we live in a technology-dominated world. While this is an exciting and progressive time in human history, technology does have its pros and cons. Many individuals, particularly teens, experience the downsides of it since they consume the most technology and social media. In short, the answer is “yes”, social media is definitely to blame for worsening the health of teenagers and especially the mental health of teenagers, this is why:

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with a Learning Disability

5 Ways to Help Your Child Cope with a Learning Disability

One of the biggest problems that a parent has to face is to see their child struggling with a learning disability or any other kind of disability. As parents we want our children to have happy carefree lives and when our child struggles to learn something we feel like we let them down.

All a parent of a learning disabled child can really do is educate themselves on the type of disability the child has and then do everything within their power to help their child overcome the disability.

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