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June 2011 Blog Posts (17)

I know I shouldn't feel this way!

These feeling of loneliness and despair keep consuming me. I look at the last 20 yrs of my life and wish I would have done things differently. I look at the road that is ahead of me, and I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to cope. My special needs son is 20 yrs old. He is in the school system until he is 22. Once he reaches that age. There are NO programs for him and he will be home with me 24/7. It has been so good for him to be in school. I see how it makes a difference for him. It also…

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Added by Denise Hunter on June 29, 2011 at 11:20am — 3 Comments

Get fit with Wii fit bundle!

Nothing is better than actually going outside to play. Sometimes, Mother Nature can get in the way of that. There are some great ways to stay fit by using technology. One of my favorites is using the Wii and Wii Fit.

School Specialty offers a classroom Wii Fit bundle that is bound to get kiddos up and moving! 

The Physical Therapist in…

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Added by Hillary Brumer on June 28, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Mom Graduates After Re-Learning Life, Wife, Motherhood, and More

This amazing woman is a great example of perseverance. Enjoy this inspirational story about what its like to re-learn, live and overcome huge…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 28, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Dream Chairs...Are Dreeeeeeamy!

Okay, so it could be the chair of the decade for me! My friend has a clinic in Orlando, and she begged me to help her with her waiting room. She is an OT that specializes in "difficult" children. Many of the children she and her staff treat have seen up to 11 professionals(!) and have been on…

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Added by Sue Wilkinson on June 25, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Reel movies for Real needs

Of course it's raining-again...after a 7 day stretch of gorgeous sunshine, it's raining, which makes me think of seeing a movie. However, with a child with Autism or Special Needs, this is not always practical. Many theaters do not offer child-friendly movies. Sometimes the sound is so loud it is painful, or the lights being off scares a child, or even being able to access the seating in the theater is difficult.  Until now.

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Added by Hillary Brumer on June 23, 2011 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Summertime Water Play



Born under the Zodiac sign of Pisces, water is an essential part of my sensory diet! Summer is one of my favorite seasons as I don't need any excuse to get into the pool, lake or ocean. Last week we…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 23, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

What Do You Do When Your Kids Are Bored?

My kids rarely say they are bored during the school year, but once Summer hits.....the "I'm booooorred" whine starts to come out. It takes a bit of quick thinking and creativity to get them going again, but sometimes they just need a friendly push or suggestion to keep the day moving.

Here are the activities I recommend to my kids, some traditional and others non-traditional:

 

Traditional Suggestions:

-Cook or bake

-Board…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 21, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Are All Kids With Autism Ready For Hippotherapy?

I was just enjoying Tobi Isaacs' blog Hippotherapy In Your Summer Plans? and the memories it evoked made me laugh. Picture a scrumptious, worried, quiet 8-year-old boy, labeled severely autistic, and loving, dedicated single mother. NO summer programs would accept Todd. Layers of hoods, long sleeves, long pants in the scorching Florida summer heat were just one of the… Continue

Added by Sue Wilkinson on June 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

What You Want And How To Make It Happen

In the last column, "Making the Most of Summer," I talked about planning for yourself for the summer. Some of you probably had a hard time of it - or, you never read it 'cause you were so busy shlepping hither and yon, trying to get everything covered while managing kids' summer schedule. If you are anything like me, you tend to be an expert at "wanting for" and "doing for" the… Continue

Added by Elaine Taylor-Klaus on June 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cool Pool Fun!

Summer fun for most kids usually includes pool time! Children with special needs may especially benefit from this time as this great clip from the BYU Center for Service clearly demonstrates.  Benefits of an adapted aquatic program can include building strength, cardiovascular endurance as well as motor planning skills. Plus the social interaction with friends,…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 16, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Sensory Friendly Environment

There are so many ways to improve the overall environment of your therapy room or classroom. Use these great tips to create a healthy sensory-friendly environment in your room



-Lower the dB of your room so that its quiet enough for "thinking" See acceptable acoustic levels…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 14, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

What to do when it rains?

Summertime isn't always fun in the sun. In fact, many locations will have rain. Over the last couple of weeks in Maine, it has not been too sunny. My son has said "I'm bored" to me more than once. So, what to do on those rainy days besides parking it in front of the TV or computer? Here are some of my favorite ideas taken from my days as a classroom teacher. …

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Added by Hillary Brumer on June 14, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Boredom Busters

Summer is here...at least temperature wise anyway! As I write this, much of the U.S. is in a gripping heat wave.

 

Once the thrill of getting out of school wears off, the next comment coming from many children may be, "I'm bored!"

In anticipation of this perennial lament,…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 9, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Hippotherapy In Your Summer Plans?

The Horse Boy is a lovely book that reveals the amazing experience of a family and child with autism documenting their trip to Mongolia and their experiences with horses. I had many meaningful experiences doing hippotherapy for one summer in Georgia for a large number of wonderful children.

I was in college and not yet a licensed Speech Therapist at the time, but under the guidance of licensed therapists. I had the opportunity to stimulate childrens…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 7, 2011 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Making the Most of Summer

In my youth, summer vacation was a magical time. It was about friends at the pool and peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches under a “tent” made of towels and pool chairs; hot-box with the neighbors through the dim light of dusk; catching and releasing fire-flies; swimming, skiing and catching brim at the lake. As I… Continue

Added by Elaine Taylor-Klaus on June 2, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Summer Camps For Children With Autism

June is here! School is out! I'm sure many of you have already lined up summer activities and programs, but I recently came across this great resource list from Autism Speaks. The list highlights summer camps that are recognized for their work with children with autism. Each of these camps was selected to receive funding for scholarships for financially disadvantaged children. Many… Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 2, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Are we ALL on the Spectrum?

I had a great conversation with a special education teacher about the "spectrum". She has 20+ years of experience including autism and low incidence and she made a comment in our conversation that many people may echo. 

Her comment was that "we are all somewhere on the spectrum". It does seem that although we…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 1, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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