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August 2012 Blog Posts (15)


When I founded MERLD World a couple years ago, I started the original blog in order to help families lead better, less worrisome lives with mixed expressive receptive language disorder. I had no idea that it would blossom into a teacher site, a facebook page and MERLD World support group and more. MERLD isn't really that new any more, but for those of you who don't know what it is, here's my first blog post dated March 2010. It will give you some insight.

Two of my children have mixed…


Added by Cheryl Hosmer on August 30, 2012 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Is Homework Dividing YOUR Family?

I bet just the mention of that word, homework, brings on hair-raising screams along with temper tantrums while flailing about in the middle of the floor! NO, not from your child – from YOU! That may be a slight exaggeration, but not much of one!

The homework battles begin. How much time do you and your…


Added by PAM BROGDON on August 30, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Feeding Frenzy

 School has started for me and about to start for many. We have had a very successful first week, however there seems to be a continuous theme with each and every child and that is independence. In order to be independent one must do things for themselves.  In my class (ages 3-5) independence comes in the form of

  • feeding,
  • toileting
  • and transition.…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on August 28, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Time-Out Versus Time-In

Do you have a child that has a meltdown around the same time every day? Having trouble with a student who doesn't do well with schedule changes? Are you a parent who feels you have to overuse the “time-out” chair? If you answered "yes" to these…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 27, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Back to School with ADHD Apps

It is no surprise that as children and teens head back to school this fall, ADHD is very much apart of many American family life. The statistics for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) in the U.S. were updated last December (2011) by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Here are just some of the statistics collected and provided by the CDC from parent surveys:

• Parents report that…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on August 27, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

You are the Decisive Element in a Child's Day... Do You Humanize or Dehumanize?

There is so much more to school discipline than simply punishment. School discipline begins with classroom management. Today, we know more about teaching and discipline than ever before. Did you know that teachers’ behavior in their classrooms have twice the impact on student achievement as do school policies…


Added by PAM BROGDON on August 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Smart Tablet as a Reasonable Accommodation?

This story came to me through email recently and I felt compelled to share.  Seems there was an incident aboard an airline flight recently where a teen was asked to turn off her iPad during takeoff.  This was not your typical teen however.  She is 17 year old Carly Fleischmann and she has autism.  Carly is…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 23, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

You Have GOT to be EXHAUSTED! Please Take Care of Yourself!

It is 8:00 p.m. Breakfast and dinner dishes are in the sink. You cannot get to the washer because of the stack of clothes in front of it. Jarod still has at least another hour of homework …..all you want to do is sit down (and sometimes, just cry) . You truly know the meaning of “bone tired”. Does that sound familiar? Unfortunately, it is the rule rather than the exception. Being a parent is one of the most exhausting jobs there is. Being the parent of a child with special needs…


Added by PAM BROGDON on August 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Backpacks Beware

I have a permanent dip above my right shoulder from years of a backpack filled with heavy text books. I do not want to even imagine what it has done to my alignment, but because of it there has been plenty of expensive therapeutic massage and chiropractic interventions to know that the backpack dilemma is a serious issue. In the day of digital technology there really should be no reason for the heavy textbook syndrome-however it is important that, especially for the growing student…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on August 19, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Helpful Apps for Dyscalculia

The NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities) describes dyscalculia as “a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. There is no single type of math disability. Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. And, it can affect people differently at different stages of life.

Two major areas of weakness can contribute to math learning disabilities:



Added by Joan M. Brennan on August 19, 2012 at 8:50pm — No Comments

School Discipline: Focus on the Positive

As we continue our back-to-school series, one topic that always generates a buzz is school discipline. In the past, the typical method for handling discipline issues was to dole out punishment in the form of repetitive writing of the offense, loss of recess, in-school detention, etc. 

These days, thanks in…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 16, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Make Your Child's Backpack FUNctional!

Here’s a riddle…

Question: What goes from home to school and back again and can be used to help your child get through their school day?


Outside of your child themselves, your child’s backpack is the only thing that goes from home into school and back again. This is not just a…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on August 15, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Beware of the Backpack

Another way to refer to backpack awareness is backpack "bewareness!" As a teacher and parent who checked kids' backpacks periodically, I still cringe when I think of some of the items I found. To parents of elementary, school-aged children, here is a little advice from a teacher: Check and clean out your child’s…


Added by PAM BROGDON on August 13, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Taking a Load Off

Back to school means backpack awareness time! The 3rd Wednesday of September each year is designated as Backpack Awareness Day. This year it falls on September 19, 2012. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on August 7, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

We got approved!

So, I just found out that Aurora got approved for S.S.I!! We are soooo excited that now we can buy some things she needs! Sensory Issues have been pretty low key today, mailed of two grant applications for an IPad! :) Heres to a great day!

Added by Jennifer Leigh Doss on August 6, 2012 at 11:44am — No Comments

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