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August 2011 Blog Posts (12)

Add Tools To Enhance Your Children's Backpack

Here are some great backpack tools to help your kids get started at school.

 

-Attach the Pull-Talk™ to your kids backpack to help independence and communication.

-Throw in a Fidget or two to help them get through those long stretches of sitting at a desk.

-Do you…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 30, 2011 at 12:00am — 9 Comments

The Backpack Dilemma

Back to school means back to carrying backpacks which can impose risks for all children. Over 23,000 backpack-related injuries were treated in various health facilities such as emergency rooms, doctors’ offices or clinics in 2007. A loaded backpack should weigh no more than 15% (or 1/6) of the child’s…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

New Autism Research Shows Higher Risk for Siblings

 

Study: Autism Risks High For Siblings: MyFoxLA.com

 

It is good to keep up with the most recent research on Autism in order to educate ourselves. The most recent research shows that an infant has a 20% risk of developing autism if they have 1 older sibling with autism. The highest rate seen was a 32% risk for infants with two older siblings…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 23, 2011 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

One Super Sensory Classroom!

Here is a classroom shot from the room of one of my favorite teachers. She works with students with attention and behavior issues and really understands the power of what a sensory suitable classroom can do for her kids! Note the details:

  • a soft couch for alternate positioning while doing seatwork. …
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Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 19, 2011 at 1:00pm — 12 Comments

My Favorite Sensory Suggestions!

I would like to share some of my most successful and favorite sensory tools that I have seen work in the classroom environment.

1. Whether your kids are in chairs or sit on the floor, a Movin’ Sit or

Core Disc are great for those “need-to-fidget” children. These chairs allow kids to get some sensory feedback on their bottom along with just the right amount of movement to allow… Continue

Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 16, 2011 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

Organizing the "Homework Zone"... 11 Tips for Middle and High School Kids with Attentional Issues

Before the back-to-school rush, consider engaging your kids in creating a "homework zone."

Those of you who work in an office KNOW exactly what kind of work space works for you. Engage your teen in creating the space that allows them to be successful this year. Shop together for an inspirational or motivational poster that resonates with your child. Having a positive message nearby is encouraging. Then evaluate the potential space in your home. A…

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Added by Sue Wilkinson on August 13, 2011 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

A Home School High Profile Story

Fall is on the way which means one thing.....Football! As an SEC football fan and Florida Gator, when the topic of home schooling came up I couldn't help but think of one of the University of Florida's most successful quarterbacks: #15, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Yes this former Gator, now a Denver Bronco was homeschooled yet played football for a local public high school near his home… Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 11, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Help Your Family Get Organized!

When I come home from a busy day, and the house is a disaster, I can't even think of what to do first. Book bags on different floors, shoes randomly placed, groceries half put away and toys covering the bedrooms to the basement. It's difficult to get anything started, or finished, for that matter, when it's unorganized. It's as if there's a direct correlation between someone’s surroundings and their brain. When my home is free of clutter, I feel free of clutter. Who can think with all… Continue

Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 9, 2011 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

One Last Summer Sensation

As we gear back up for another school year, I couldn't help but include this last piece on one of summer's great sporting rituals...surfing!  Check out this organization that is stepping up to give kids with visual impairments a chance to "hang ten"! Can't you just feel their excitement? Surf City here we come!…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 4, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Advice on Home-Schooling Vs. Public Schooling

Enjoy this video on some of the differences between home-schooling and attending public school. What have you found are the benefits or disadvantages? Let us know in the comment…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 3, 2011 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

The Home Schooling Dream...Or, Is It A Nightmare For A Child With Special Needs?

  I'm lucky. In my small world, I can list a 100% satisfaction rate for the moms that chose to home school their child with learning differences, autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit disorder.

 

I say "moms" because in my…

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Added by Sue Wilkinson on August 2, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

All Feelings Need Their Time on the Surface

All feelings need their time on the surface. That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it. Now there are extremes, of course, and if intense or dangerous feelings like anger or depression linger too long, they need immediate attention!  But for most of us, a range of emotions is a normal part of our human experience.  We run through LOTS of different feelings throughout any given day or week. And I say, let ‘em happen!
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Added by Elaine Taylor-Klaus on August 1, 2011 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

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