A network to share best practices for children with special needs
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Hillary Brumer on June 28, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
This amazing woman is a great example of perseverance. Enjoy this inspirational story about what its like to re-learn, live and overcome huge…Continue
Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 28, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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.
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:
-Cook or bake
Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 21, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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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,…Continue
Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 16, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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. …Continue
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,…Continue
Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 9, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Tobi Isaacs on June 1, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments