Children and Parents

A Good Teether Can Be a Sanity Saver!

A good teether can be a sanity saver, just ask any mommy with a fussy baby! The new Nawgum teether will be your new BFF in baby oral support. Designed with safety and comfort in mind, Nawgum helps soothe each stage of tooth development, from gums to incisors and even far-reaching molars.

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The Best Way to Take Care of Your Kids, is To Take Care of Yourself

Parenting any child is no easy task, but when you have a child with a developmental and/or physical disability, life often revolves around the needs and services that your child has. And too often, your own needs are left on the side unaccounted for. I was recently on an airplane flight and as part of the safety introduction the stewardess advised parents that in case of an emergency, the best way to help your child was to first make sure that you own oxygen mask was securely fastened.

Substance Abuse - Safeguarding Your Special Needs Teenager

The case earlier this year in Temecula CA, of a special needs teen being entrapped and arrested for supplying illegal drugs to an undercover police officer has highlighted that as parents of a special needs child, the need to safeguard them in the community is as important as ensuring their security and well-being at home. We need to ensure they are able to interact in social situations; however, we also need to do our best to protect them from possible manipulation, both by other kids and by adults in the outside world.

Finding Employment and Settling into a New Job: A Time of Transition for Young Adults with Special Needs

For many adults, the work they do is an important part of the way they see themselves and their place within society. As well as providing a means for them to gain money, which gives them more independence to do as they wish with the rest of their time, the job they do may also give them a sense of pride in their skills and abilities as well as a reason to socialize and meet friends on a day to day basis. This is no less true for young adults with special needs as they take their first steps into the job market.

Substance Abuse - Safeguarding Your Special Needs Teenager

The case earlier this year in Temecula CA, of a special needs teen being entrapped and arrested for supplying illegal drugs to an undercover police officer has highlighted that as parents of a special needs child, the need to safeguard them in the community is as important as ensuring their security and well-being at home.

Who is Watching Your Child?

In 1992 I entered the world of expert witness. As an expert witness I complete organizational autopsies. I work with attorneys all over the country. They call to ask if I will provide my opinion about the propriety of an interaction between an employee of an organization and a consumer receiving support services from that organization. They call because I am an expert in the field of developmental disabilities based on my education, training and experience. I am paid for what I know.

To Blame or not to Blame

There is a stigma attached to the relationship between schools and parents. It is believed that there is often a disconnect between what the parents want for their child and what the school/studio is willing to give. Many people enter into this dynamic ready to fight before they have even heard about wants, needs and services offered. What is considered Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) at the public school level does not necessarily coincide with doctor recommendations.

Easing the Transition Back to School for Special Needs Children

Due to their unpredictable nature, transitions in general, can be very difficult for our children with special needs. The new school year creates a whole host of transitions that made me want to devote this month’s column to tips for helping your child make a smooth entrance into school.

The Rise of Inclusion Education in the United States

The United States education landscape has evolved substantially over the past 50 years. Issues of civil rights -- some of which the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education addressed -- and the government's role in education ushered in an era of "inclusion" in the United States' education system. Inclusion education addresses problems with the integration of individuals who require special needs in a learning environment.