Updated Monday, January 11, 2016Another year passed and the time for New Year’s Resolutions is upon us. As parents of children with special needs, we have many responsibilities. In addition, we have things we intend to do but never get around too. Therefore, with the start of 2016, here are some resolutions for special needs parents. Review your children’s resource hours If your children receive resource hours, you should know how they are being used. The help children need may change as they get older. For example, if your children are in sixth class, resource time could prepare them for the transition to secondary school.
Updated Monday, December 14, 20151. Check if there is a sensory friendly Santa in your area Some shopping malls set aside time for a sensory friendly experience for children with special needs. Property management company Simon has a “Caring Santa” program at malls around the U.S. You can find participating malls here. If your mall is not participating in Caring Santa, call its customer service department to find out whether there is a sensory friendly Santa or time. 2. Consider visiting Santa at a place other than your local mall The local mall is not the only place to find Santa. Santa visits many other places that may suit your […]
Updated Sunday, May 29, 2016Many parents of children with special needs are all too familiar with their children coming home from school without their jackets, pencil cases or homework. Poor organisational skills are often the cause. Here are six steps parents can take to help their children be organised. Use colour coding to organise your child Assign a colour to each subject. Then, cover or mark all books, copies and folders for that subject with that colour. Therefore, if you pick blue for English, either cover the books with blue covers or put blue labels on each book. Add blue labels to English copies and folders for handouts. If your […]
Updated Wednesday, November 25, 2015It happens in households around the world – the bedtime battle. As bedtime approaches, children are no longer tired. They are not ready for bed because they are hungry, thirsty, restless, uncomfortable or sick. Their bedrooms may be too bright, too dark or even too noisy. Their creativity shines as they battle with parents for five more minutes. Now, thanks to Netflix, parents have a secret weapon! Parents entice your kids to bed by letting them watch one more episode of the hit series Dinotrux, a 5-minute episode that is! Netflix and DreamWorks animation teamed up to produce Dinotrux 5 Minute Favorites. These short episodes feature kids’ […]
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Don’t let the kids have all the fun this Halloween. Prepare to be scared by great movies streaming on Netflix. Horror Movies on Netflix The Blair Witch Project If you want to be scared, this movie is one to watch. Three students travel to woods in Maryland to investigate the tale of the Blair Witch and make a documentary. The filmmakers go into the woods but never come out. A year later, their cameras and other equipment are found. The movie is based on the recovered videotapes of the students. The Omen 1976
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Halloween is one holiday many children with special needs prefer to avoid. The unfamiliar sights and sounds increase anxiety and cause meltdowns in some children. Luckily, there are many ways to celebrate Halloween and let your child feel like she is part of the fun. Here are six alternatives to typical trick-or-treating. 1. Host a Halloween party
Updated Wednesday, March 1, 2017 What is an IEP? Individual Education Plans (IEP) identify children’s learning needs, prioritize them and set goals to meet those needs. For example, if social skills are a problem for a child, part of her IEP should include specific goals to improve those skills. If a child has difficulty with handwriting, his IEP should include steps to improve his handwriting and/or to teach him touch-typing. An IEP results from a collaborative effort between teachers, school administrators, medical and psychological professionals, parents, students and others. A school administrator or teacher setting goals for a student without this collaborative effort is not an IEP. Parents’ contributions are […]
Updated Thursday, July 7, 2016 A common worry among parents as their children return to school is whether they are victims of bullying. Some children tell their parents if another student is bullying them. Other kids may not say anything because they are embarrassed or afraid. As parents we need to be aware of the warning signs of bullying, so we can intervene as soon as possible. Here are ten signs of bullying in children:
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Summer holidays are coming to an end and your special needs child will be back at school shortly. Here are three tips for special needs parents to get the new school year off to a smooth start. 1. Ease your children’s worries Just like adults who get anxious before starting a new job, children are anxious about starting the new school year. For children with special needs who need routine and structure, starting a new school year causes many worries. Children worry about a variety of things, including what their new teacher is like, whom they will sit next to, if they will have too much […]
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Back to school shopping is underway, including the search for new schoolbags. Backpacks are very popular, but cause health problems if heavy and improperly packed. When picking the right backpack, make sure your children choose a bag that will not harm their health. One study, reported in the Journal of School Nursing, warns: Given that children are still developing physically, regularly carrying heavy loads can contribute to pain and injuries in the lower back, shoulders, and joints and ultimately related disorders in adulthood. Furthermore, heavy backpacks increase the chances of children falling.