June 14 2009 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
Teacher Appreciation and Childhood Disability
I admire moms who have creative ideas to show appreciation for teachers who have created better learning opportunities and welcoming classrooms for our sons and daughters with special needs. When our children's progress or accomplishments are measured on the smallest possible scale it can be difficult for others to understand our joy and celebration over milestones and new skills unless they have shared our hopes and goals. And we can't often take time to thank them for supporting and inspiring our children to exercise greater potential than can be predicted by tests and evaluations. Teachers appreciate a kind word or a momento of their time with our children, and the support we show them throughout the year ~ I hope your children's teachers have a moment to let you know what a difference you and your child have made in their lives this year, too.
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June means the end of another school year and the beginning of another summer break. Whether you are searching out summer activities, childcare options, have vacation plans to visit family, or are looking for work, remember that our sons and daughters live in a very small circle that includes us and our daily adventures. We don't need most of what we used to take for granted and we can get through these difficult times. Be kind to yourself, stay healthy, and hang in there so you can continue to be generous with your time and attention; you are their best investment.
June is the month we celebrate both grads and dads. If your child is going to transition to preschool, kindergarten, new school or a different program ~ best wishes and good luck. While we take time to appreciate fathers, grandfathers, great uncles or other men who stand in for them - or miss them - let us also remember and acknowledge the those men in military service or who are taking care of children while their mothers are in military service. If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out to others who may feel that they are the only ones who feel the way you do. Every person deserves support and encouragement - sometimes it takes more courage to accept some than to give it.
Please consider posting a message at the SNC forum or use the editor contact form at the webpage to let me know what topics interest you. Use your favorite search engine with the topic you choose, along with search terms 'special needs' and 'Pam Wilson' to find past articles on that topic. Please visit our website, specialneedschildren.bellaonline.com, to find articles of interest about raising and educating children with developmental or physical disabilities, chronic health conditions, learning challenges or other special needs.
Transition Planning for Teens with Disabilities
iPhone and iPod Touch Apps - Childhood Disability
Vacation Travel, Weekend Getaways, and Children with Special Needs
Dads, Complicated Pregnancies and Childbirth
Affirmations - Expressing Affection and Acceptance
Fathers of Children with Special Needs
Grandfathers and Great Uncles - Childhood Disability
Advocating for Children with Special Needs
Accessible Playgrounds and Inclusive Play Areas
Outdoor Games for Children with Special Needs
Pain Management for Children
Amazon Kindle 2 and Childhood Disability'
People First Language Sensitivity
Sibling Support and Rivalry
Cousins of Children with Disabilities
Assistive Listening Devices for the Classroom
Disability and Future Planning for Parents
Transition to Preschool from Early Intervention
Summer Homeschooling Activities and Childhood Disability
Playground Skills for Children with Special Needs
Summer Learning and Childhood Disability
Extended School Year for Special Education
Sunblocking Clothing and Laundry Rinse
Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs
Avoiding Heat Illnesses and Other Hazards
Car Safety Issues - Prevention
Airline Travel and Childhood Disability
Grandparents and Childhood Disability
People First Language Awareness
Recognizing Early Signs of Autism
Teaching Handwriting to Children with Special Needs
Boardmaker and PECS Communication Alternatives
DIR - Floortime Model Techniques and Behavior Challenges
Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome
Teaching Functional Math Skills
Autism Spectrum Adolescent Issues and Privacy
Person Centered Planning
Teaching Children about Money
Sensory Integration and Sensory Defensiveness
I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!
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Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
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