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July 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Olympic Inclusion

As most of you know, the Olympic Summer Games got underway last Friday in London.  It seems the distinction between world of “able bodied” and athletes with disabilities is blurring right before our eyes.  Take Im Dong-hyun from South Korea for example. He set another world record in the archery trials last…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 31, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Android Apps for Dyslexia

As you may know, we have offered many apps and other resources for dyslexia in several of our previous blog articles at http://helpforstrugglingreaders.blogspot.com/. It is interesting to note that the demand and number of requests for dyslexia apps in particular have been quite significant for our blog, exceeding requests and searches of all other educational apps combined.



Because of the amount of…

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Added by Joan M. Brennan on July 26, 2012 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Off to School We Go

Preparing for Kindergarten can be a daunting task in itself, but it's the transition that really lies at the heart of anxiety for children. Preparing for that transition will make the move all the smoother.

There are lots of opinions on the skills that a child needs before reaching kindergarten, but I think kindergarten itself is a time of skill exploration. The most essential skill to have is to approach kindergarten with a calm state of awareness or being, that's optimal for…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on July 26, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

What a (Fun, Sensory) Mess!

Keep visiting our social media sites for new, fun contests that our brilliant marketing team continues to unveil for you! In the spirit of this and all things sensory and summer, check out this recent post from…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Time to Get Ready for Kindergarten Already?

It is hard to believe, but it's already time to start preparing for a new school year. If your child is entering kindergarten, you are probably going through many emotions. I remember taking each one of my three children to kindergarten on the first day. It was such an emotional time. I was excited for them and a…

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Added by PAM BROGDON on July 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How To Get Ready For Kindergarten

We all know kindergarten is a big year in children’s lives. They learn to read, write, begin mathematical concepts, use critical thinking, learn life skills and more. Kids also learn to sit in chairs and sit while paying attention for longer periods of time. In addition, kids need to focus and attend to brand new…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on July 23, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Writing Before the Right Time

Several years ago one of my co-workers, a single mom, expressed her concern of wanting her son to do his very best when he started school. She was worried about him keeping up with writing. Thinking this might be an issue with delayed handwriting…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 19, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Auditory Processing....Is Your Child REALLY Not Listening?

Auditory Processing Skills

Read This Post Before You Get More Frustrated !!!

Does the following scenario sound familiar? I bet it does!

(Mom) “Joey, turn off the television, take your clean…

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Added by PAM BROGDON on July 17, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Enjoy the Ride: Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding

What's summertime without an outdoor adventure like horseback riding? For many kids with special needs, this is not only a summer pastime, but also a year-round activity. Children can engage in Hippotherapy which usually involves a one-to-one ratio with an OT, PT or SLP working with the…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Insights and Stories from a Therapeutic Dog Handler and Child with PDD-NOS

Recently, I had the fortunate opportunity of interviewing some amazing people about their personal experience with their therapy dog named Breezy. Julie Brown Rubenstein and therapy dog Breezy (co-owned by Co-Owner…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on July 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

What About Therapeutic Animals in the School?

Hello! This week we are discussing therapeutic animals. While I see huge value in having a therapeutic animal, I have found that it is a subject that elicits many differing opinions. We all know about seeing-eye dogs and dogs that are trained to be a partner for a child (or adult) in a wheelchair and unable to be…

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Added by PAM BROGDON on July 8, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A Dozen for Autism--A Book List for the Spectrum

The most recent statistics regarding the prevalence of ASDs (autism spectrum disorders) in the U.S. and abroad that were published this past March are more than sobering.



Here are just some of the statistics reported (Data to 2008 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMarch 29, 2012):



About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC's Autism and…

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Added by Joan M. Brennan on July 7, 2012 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Therapeutic Animals: Dr Doolittle is In

Off the top of my head, there are many ideas that come to mind with working with animals as assistants or as a therapeutic tools for students with disabilities and special needs. I think the most common animal is a dog. Used historically as a working service animal they also have be thought of as good…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on July 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Dolphin Encounters

I have always been fascinated by dolphins.  As a young girl growing up in Wisconsin I remember watching the “Flipper” television series (really giving away my age here!) and years later when we relocated to Florida I was mesmerized to see wild dolphins swimming just off the coast of our favorite beach spot…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 5, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

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