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March 2012 Blog Posts (13)

AD/HD Resources for Your Child and You

What do you do when you've just received a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD for your child?  Is it an automatic indication that your child will not experience success in school?  Does it mean that your youngster will have fewer opportunities in life?  Not at all!  There is much that you can do to ensure that your child challenged with AD/HD can become as successful as any of his classmates.  However, he will need your consistent support and resources you…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on March 29, 2012 at 6:56pm — 2 Comments

Take a Sensational Spring Bike Ride

Except for a quick few bursts of cold, it was an exceptionally mild winter for most of us here in the continental U.S. Now, as the spring equinox glides in, most of the country continues to bask in warm weather. Why not take advantage of this early spring and head out on a bike ride? We have multiple trails in the neighborhood where I live, and I enjoy seeing families on bike outings. Plus, it's a low-cost fun way to promote…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 29, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Android Apps, Anyone?

With more than 500,000 apps now in the Apple Apps Store and the current frenzy to purchase the newest iPad 3, it should be easy to see why we have given considerable attention in recent weeks to Apple’s apps.

However, at an annual educational conference this week in the Midwest, we received quite a few requests for Android educational apps. We thought it was about time to present some of these regular and special needs resources for Android users, too.

Here then is a…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on March 25, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Adaptive Utensils: Great Self-Feeding Solutions for the "I Can Do It Myself" Child

Self-feeding skills for children with cognitive/motor skill delays can be challenging. At around age 2, typically developing children acquire wrist supination skills (turning hand towards palm up position) which allow for…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 22, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

A Special Sister/Sibling Story

In the spirit of the sibling relationships topic we're currently discussing, I came across this relevant and heartwarming piece on the news recently, and, of course, I felt compelled to share this with everyone.

This amazing story reveals the courage and commitment of a young college athlete, Elena Delle Donne. Elena shows us all the power of the special bond inside a family when there is a family member with special needs.

Enjoy the…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 21, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Basket of Special Needs Apps

There is a real need for many parents and teachers of struggling learners to have a “ready list” of apps when special learning challenges present themselves. Last December, we posted an article on our blog with our first list of special needs apps. Many of our readers have mentioned their appreciation for this list and continue to use its apps daily. You can still access the first list…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on March 20, 2012 at 3:53pm — 4 Comments

Sensory Processing Disorder symposium: SPD does exist!

The SPD Symposium was one of the best conferences I have ever attended!
It was a honor to present the parent workshop, where we played and shared throughout the day while bouncing on balls. Parents as well as an adult with SPD also bravely shared their stories...we cried, laughed and danced together.
The Scientific Work Group met and shared their research. How fantastic to hear scientists, neurologists and therapists all confirm that SPD DOES…

Added by Diana Ashby Henry on March 20, 2012 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

Sisters and Brothers

Raising a child with a disability affects the whole family, particularly the sibling(s). Hopefully, in the long run, it becomes a blessing and a paradigm shift for everyone involved. I remember, early on, a relative telling me how sad it was that my daughter without special needs had to give up so much to her brother…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on March 19, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Better Together!

I adore the spring 2012 cover of our printed catalog with the caption "We're Better Together!" It was designed to promote our combined resource book of the Abilitations/Integration line from the School Specialty family, but for…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 15, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Designing Relationships

Relationships are hard work. They get complicated by so many aspects of our human-ness that sometimes we have the most difficult time communicating with the people we care about the most – our partners, kids and parents.


There’s a cool concept in the world of coaching called a “designed alliance.”…


Added by Elaine Taylor-Klaus on March 12, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Let’s Go On A Hike! The Outdoors Provides Physical, Sensory and Emotional Benefits for Special Needs Kids

I love an outing! I am a big fan of exploring the great outdoors with ALL kids.

Being outside includes physical, sensory and emotional benefits. My family and I like to find state parks and we try to hit a different one each time we head out.

Two great websites for finding accessible hikes near your own home are…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on March 12, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Wonderful Wheelchairs

I've been humbled more than once, during my walking marathon days for charity, when we had to move quickly to the side of the course in order for the wheelchair participants to pass us. I was huffing, puffing and complaining about the blister in my shoe as they whipped by me, their arm muscles defined and ripped. The…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on March 6, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Creative Workouts in Wheelchairs

I often blog about children with autism, attention issues and/or students with sensory processing disorders. At this time, I want to focus on some of our other kids with special needs - those that use wheelchairs. Check out this short video from a mother-daughter team who learned how to make fitness creative and effective for both of them, all the while having loads of fun in the process!…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 1, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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