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January 2013 Blog Posts (10)

Finding the Perfect Fit

Children with special needs sometimes struggle with fitting in with social skill issues such as making friends, following a daily routine, respecting rules and boundaries, and/or expressing appropriate emotions.  If you have a child or student that faces some of these challenges, here are a couple of suggested solutions:…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 28, 2013 at 6:40pm — No Comments

A Fitting Story for Fitting In!

This week’s theme focuses on how we can help kids with special needs fit in… in the classroom, on the playground, at home or wherever!  I immediately thought of motivational speaker and world traveler Nick Vujicic.  Nick has a rare congenital disorder called Tetra-amelia syndrome characterized by the absence of all four limbs yet this has not stopped him from fitting in.  Check out his amazing story and see how he serves as an inspiration for teenagers being bullied, for a student with…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 25, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

What Is Assistive Technology and Who is it Good For?

As defined by the ATIA organization (Assistive Technology Industry Association), assistive technology can be many things including an item, piece of equipment, software or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Some examples of AT are high tech or …

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on January 23, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Smart Tablets for Children Under 2?

We all know what a quantum leap assistive technology has taken in the past few years with the advent of the smart phones and tablets.   For many children with special needs, tablets like the iPad have opened doorways for communication, interaction, cognitive awareness and of course recreation with the use of various…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Do You Know What Assistive Technology Includes?

What comes to your mind with the term Assistive Technology in the schools?  For many the assumption is that these are high tech, high cost electronic devices that are used to help a student with a disability. This can certainly be a part of the scope, but did you know   under IDEA (Individual with Disabilities…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 10, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Reflective Resolutions

So School has started, and it feels almost as crazy as the whirlwind of the Winter Holidays. However, I have made several resolutions that have been said a million times before, but seem to apply to young and old alike. They go like this:

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Determine what is really…
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Added by Hannah Ehrli on January 8, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

"I'd rather be dead!" she said

My daughter has Tourette syndrome, OCD and ADD. When she was 8 years old she was inconsolable. Her phobia of vomiting was at its worst, her tic was bending backwards( so much so that it hurt), and most of her panic attacks that came along with all of these occurred at night!



I don't know how many nights my husband and I were up with our daughter, trying to console her, without…

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Added by Danica Surette on January 8, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Irate Response to Special Needs Recommendations

A few days ago I blogged a post entitled
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Added by Danica Surette on January 7, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Forrest Gump? Really?

A few weeks ago I had the honour of working with a university student. She asked me a question that opened a whole new can of worms, for both her and I.…
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Added by Danica Surette on January 7, 2013 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Celebrate National Handwriting Day!

Happy New Year! Mark your calendars as January 23rd is an important date in our US history. It is actually the birthdate (New Style) of John Hancock, our statesman whose signature on the Declaration of Independence was so prominent and stylish that his name has become synonymous with a signed…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 3, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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