Advocating for Your Child with Chronic Pain

Advocating for your child with chronic pain

When it comes to children with special needs, most teachers are trained on how to deal with intellectual and learning disabilities. Even if they do not have specific training, they will have a team of special education professionals who are ready to assist them in providing appropriate modifications for these children. If your child has a chronic pain condition, you may find that the school services are less accommodating. Here’s how you may be able to advocate for your child. Read More

Autism and Girls – How Autistic Girls Sometimes Fly Under the Radar

Autism and Girls

Autism is three times as common in boys as it is in girls, or even higher, according to most statistics, but some professionals are starting to wonder if these stats are accurate. A growing body of research is finding that more girls are actually autistic than those who are diagnosed, but present their symptoms in a different way. Because they are often less disruptive than boys on the spectrum, but suffer silently instead, girls with autism are misdiagnosed with other conditions, including ADHD, anxiety and social disorders. A better understanding of how autism, especially high-functioning autism, presents in girls is vital to providing these girls with the best possible services. Read More

Partnering with Teachers for Your Special Needs Child’s Success

Special Needs Teacher

When your child with special needs heads off to school, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed as you hand the care of your child to another person. As your child’s parent and advocate, you need to understand that the classroom teacher is an important partner in the days and years ahead. Here are some tips to help you create a positive partnership to help your child succeed. Read More

Becoming Your Special Needs Child’s Advocate

Special Needs Advocate

When your child has a special need, you instantly step into the role of advocate. Especially when your child is too young to speak up for his own needs, you have to fight to ensure your child gets adequate and just education and medical treatment. Being an advocate can be a challenge, especially if you find yourself feeling as though you are “going to battle” for your child, but it’s a vital role to fill. Here’s what you need to know about the role of an advocate. Read More

So Your Child Was Diagnosed with a Learning Disability – Now What?

Learning Disability

When your child has a learning disability, the road to diagnosis can seem long and feel lonely. However, once you get that diagnosis, your work is just beginning. It can feel quite overwhelming to know what to do after diagnosis. Here are some starting points to ensure your child gets the best possible services after his diagnosis. Read More

Teaching Important Life Skills to Kids with Autism

Teaching Kids

Kids with autism have an excellent chance at enjoying happy and successful adult years upon learning life skills early and often throughout childhood. Repetitive practice of each life skill at an early age gives kids a chance to embrace independence without the repercussions of failure. As you lead your child through the various tasks, you will have the opportunity to offer correction and praise to reinforce the adoption of each skillset. You will need to go through the list of important skills your child will need to navigate adulthood to adequately prepare him or her for life in the real world.
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5 Important Classroom Accommodations For Autistic Children

Classroom

Since autism spectrum disorder cause a wide range of learning disabilities that are unique to each child, classrooms must remain equipped to help every student work around those difficulties. Each individual’s executive function level and sensory processing difficulties play a role in the resulting learning disability types and severity. With 1 in 68 kids diagnosed on the autism spectrum, with many high functioning individuals, teachers at all grade levels must remain prepared to provide accommodations designed to mitigate those learning difficulties. With the right classroom accommodations, it is possible to overcome barriers to learning and help children with autism tackle schoolwork with confidence. Read More