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Safety-Care: Making Least Restrictive Interventions Available.

Organizations working with individuals with special needs usually focus on implementing the least intrusive interventions within the least restrictive environments possible. However, at times, those terms seem to be buzz words instead of an applicable understanding of the interventions used. This can be especially difficult when we work with individuals who may present us with disruptive or dangerous behavior.

Least Intrusive Interventions

Transitioning 2 Life Skills - From HS to Adult

Meet Transition Mandates with Transition 2 Life

            What happens when your child graduates from high school with a diploma but no functional skills to live as an adult?

Organizing an Inclusive Birthday Party

Birthday parties can create fear in many parents. All the excitement, noise and sugar at the start, followed by tears and tantrums at the end. Not to mention all the expensive, catering and planning that’s involved.

But one aspect of the planning that parents shouldn’t worry over is the invite list. Should you invite the child in the class with special needs? The simple answer is, yes. Having children with special needs at the party may require a bit of extra preparation, but it shouldn't mean they miss out on an invite.

Not invited

Can Music Taste Boost or Harm Your School Grades?

I have spoken for years on how music can help learning and reduce stress while learning even if you have ADHD, LD, ASD, or are developmentally disabled. The diagnosis doesn't matter.  Music impacts all learners. Some music makes it easier to learn. The following is by Leigh Marcos. She is specifically writing about how specific music helps or hinders test scores.

By: Leigh Marcos

4 Tips To Improve Reading Skills Even If You Have Dyslexia (Part 1)

Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. Those with dyslexia typically read at lower levels that expected, despite normal intelligence. Common characteristics of those with dyslexia are difficulties with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds) and or rapid visual-verbal responding.

Autism and Interactive Toys, A Mom's Experience

Pregnancy is a time of joy, great changes, and exciting waiting. All parents prepare for the birth of their baby one or another way. They pick wallpapers or paint color for its room, moms look through babies clothes sections on the sites, dads assemble baby’s cradle.

Parents-to-be spend hours picking the right name, beautiful and unique, they find funny variants and laugh. Future mothers learn how to breathe, fathers learn how to stay calm and support their partner.

Looking at Special Needs Education in a New Light

One doctor’s holistic approach to educating children with learning disabilities.

JoQueta Handy, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Integrative Medicine Doctor who has developed the Brilliant Learning Program to open new pathways of education to people with learning disabilities.

Why Do Kids Have Trouble Spelling?

Reasons Learning Spelling is Hard

There are several reasons for kids to have trouble with spelling.

The main reason kids have problems with spelling is that most spelling books teach over 30 spelling rules. Expecting kids to memorize 30 spelling rules is overwhelming, especially when most of my struggling students have problems with either auditory memory or visual memory skills. Expecting struggling students to remember so much is really just setting them up for failure.

‘Speechless’ Series Focuses on Special Needs

When the ABC sitcom Speechless premiers September 21, 2016, viewers will see a different kind of sitcom family. Minnie Driver plays Maya, the mother of three kids, one of which is a special needs child confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak. It has been over 25 years since a star in a TV show emphasized the life of a special needs child. Life Goes On (1989-1993) had Chris Burke as Corky, a young boy with Down syndrome. Speechless has Micah Fowler as JJ, a young boy with cerebral palsy.

Improve Memory Skills Easily

So many of our kids struggle with learning because they have poor memory skills, either auditory or visual memory skills. Their comprehension suffers. Their factual knowledge base suffers. One of the keys to improving skills is to improve your ability to remember the information you have been taught.

The basis of learning is ASSOCIATION.  This is how we learn new material. We make associations with new material to something we already know. We might attach an emotion to the new material.