September 23 2008 Children with Special Needs Newsletter
Parent Child Interaction
Parent-Child Interaction teaches useful strategies and effective skills to parents whose children have aggressive, rebellious or otherwise challenging behaviors - and whose child does not sometimes engage in those? PCIT helps parents and children in difficult situations establish or rebuild relationships, bringing a bit of peace and comfort to everyone in the family.
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Many children with developmental disabilities grow up learning two or three languages that are spoken in their home, among extended family or in their neighborhoods. There is no excuse for speech therapists, early intervention staff or teachers not to be aware of the research and best practices among multilingual families. Feel free to enlighten them with research and anecdotal evidence as well.
Diabetes Information for Classmates
Many schools have information for teachers and other staff about chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and food or other allergies. Parents may ask to read through the material on file and then offer to have their children's doctor's office update or add to the appropriate file. Sometimes the school's PTA or other parent group takes on the responsibility of this task. When a teacher has a child with a specific condition or diagnosis for the first time, encouragement and reassurance can be appreciated as much as the basic information on the safety and health support needs of the student.
Positive Behavior Support and Interventions - PBIS
Challenging behavior was cited as a primary reason that students with IEPs had been blocked from inclusive classrooms in their neighborhood schools, until 1997 amendments to IDEA established PBIS as the recommended form of behavioral intervention, as does NCLB (No Child Left Behind). PBIS is now embraced as an excellent strategy for all students.
Planning the transition from preschool to kindergarten can include
visiting available classrooms before summer break, considering an extra
year of preschool in a transition or mainstream program, private
kindergarten or homeschooling
Book Review: Spirit, Courage, and Resolve - A
Special Olympic Athlete´s Road to Gold, by Tom Lambke,
and I Just Am, by Bryan Lambke
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Pamela Wilson, Special Needs Children Editor
Printing and Cursive Handwriting
Access to General Education Curriculum - Universal Design for Learning
Book Review: Raising A Sensory Smart Child
Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device
Sensory Integration and Children
How Uncomfortable is Your Child? Sensory Processing Disorders
Mothering Babies with Special Needs
Universal Design for Learning - Access to General Education Curriculum
Friendship and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs
School Bus Rides
IDEA - Education Law
IEP Preparation - Teacher Support
Inclusive Education and the Culture of Down Syndrome
Recess Skills for Children with Special Needs
Oral Health and Dental Visits for Children
Sleep Disorders and Children with Special Needs
Is Diversity Like A New Box of Crayons?
Accessible Playgrounds and Naturally Integrated Play Areas
A Brand New Baby with Down Syndrome
Pain Relief for Childhood Blood Draws, Injections or IV Lines
Pain Management for Children
Back to School with Celiac Disease
Finding Strollers, Walkers and Wheelchairs for Children
Dolls for Children with Special Needs
Oral Health and Dental Visits for Children
The Winter 2008 Linkages Newsletter features a focus topic on Oral Health for Children with Special Health Needs, with resource links for dental professionals outlining appropriate treatment, establishing better dental health habits, and preparing children and families for office visits and care.
Recognizing Early Signs of Autism
Recognizing early signs of autism helps families find resoures and support for very young children with autism spectrum disorders. The autism video glossary shows film clips of autism symptoms, helping families reach professionals to find an earlier diagnosis and early intervention options.
Review - Parenting Children With Health Issues: Essential Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Raising Kids With Chronic Illness, Medical Conditions, and Special Healthcare Needs by Foster W. Cline and Lisa Greene
Faith, Religion, and Children with Special Needs
Families of children with special needs have found wonderful support and encouragement from religious groups and their own communities of faith; children who grow up included in a faith community find lifelong friends and good company
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