Hi! I am new here and wanted to let people know that I have created a blog for Christian families who've been affected by autism. Although most of the content is related to autism spectrum, a whole…Continue
"My son ALWAYS needs space... best if padded with tons of pillows and blankets! He just needs the time to let off steam and regroup. I just make sure he's safe. No talking, no analyzing, just silence. Sometimes squishing him with the pillows…"
"We got my son an iPad when he was totally non-verbal. He started using it at home as his functional communication device and got REALLY good at it! His teachers and program director at the public preschool refused to allow it in school because they…"
"My son has a really hard time connecting with others, even the kids he sees every day in his class. We asked his teacher to send us a class list. For special days we bake allergen-free cookies for everyone in his class. He helps me get the batter…"
"Oh my! We use so many apps at home with my little guy, it's just not even funny! We initially got him an iPad as an AC device since he was non-verbal until about a little less than a year ago. We began with iCommunicate. We thought it was great…"
"We just started Nathan in an adapted gymnastics class! The teacher is AMAZING!!! She is a veteran PE teacher with years of experience in working with kids with special needs. They have almost a 1:1 teacher:student ratio. I can't say enough…"
"I just had a wonderful intern finish her training with me and my gift to her was a simple print on canvas with greenery and the word "BREATHE." I told her it's for her new office, to remind her in her new job how important it is to…"
"The new Crayola dry-erase crayons are fantastic!!! As an OT, I have found them SO great: 1) They come with a special wipe-off mitt-- for kids who have difficulties with hand dominance, have them write with the dominant hand while either wearing the…"
I have spent over 15 years helping kids with disabilities be included in their classrooms and school environments. I am now the proud mom of a gorgeous boy challenged by PDD and my eyes are opening to a whole new world of obstacles and adventures.
Skills: these are areas where I have expertise and might be able to help others.
BODY WORKS, FINE MOTOR, SENSORY SOLUTIONS, VISUAL MOTOR
Needs: these are areas where I have questions and will be looking to learn from others.
The most valuable piece of advice I would offer to others regarding special needs.
Always capitalize on each individual's strengths and engage them with their interests!
Sounds like a wonderful place for parents and educators to comment. Keeping the peace 24 hours a day must truly be a challenge. Even educators who haven't walked the shoes of parents need a place to find peace and know that everybody needs to vent.