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Your Child with Learning Differences: Practical Parenting Tips for Home and School

Your Child with Learning Differences: Practical Parenting Tips for Home and School | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Practical tips for making things easier both at home and school for a child with a learning disorder.

Via Lou Salza
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Tips for home and school to make learning easier for a child with learning difficulties.

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Great site with practical, specific information. My favorite passage was the following paragraph encouraging parents to take care of themselves, too--Lou


"...Sometimes the hardest part of parenting is remembering to take care of you. It’s easy to get caught up in what your child needs, while forgetting your own needs. But if you don’t look after yourself, you run the risk of burning out.

It’s important to tend to your physical and emotional needs so that you’re in a healthy space for your child. You won’t be able to help your child if you’re stressed out, exhausted, and emotionally depleted. When you’re calm and focused, on the other hand, you’re better able to connect with your child and help him or her be calm and focused too.

 


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"Tips for dealing with your child’s learning disability

Keep things in perspective. A learning disability isn’t insurmountable. Remind yourself that everyone faces obstacles. It’s up to you as a parent to teach your child how to deal with those obstacles without becoming discouraged or overwhelmed. Don’t let the tests, school bureaucracy, and endless paperwork distract you from what’s really important—giving your child plenty of emotional and moral support.Become your own expert. Do your own research and keep abreast of new developments in learning disability programs, therapies, and educational techniques. You may be tempted to look to others—teachers, therapists, doctors—for solutions, especially at first. But you’re the foremost expert on your child, so take charge when it comes to finding the tools he or she needs in order to learn.Be an advocate for your child. You may have to speak up time and time again to get special help for your child. Embrace your role as a proactive parent and work on your communication skills. It may be frustrating at times, but by remaining calm and reasonable, yet firm, you can make a huge difference for your child.Remember that your influence outweighs all others. Your child will follow your lead. If you approach learning challenges with optimism, hard work, and a sense of humor, your child is likely to embrace your perspective—or at least see the challenges as a speed bump, rather than a roadblock. Focus your energy on learning what works for your child and implementing it the best you can.Focus on strengths, not just weaknesses

Your child is not defined by his or her learning disability. A learning disability represents one area of weakness, but there are many more areas of strengths. Focus on your child’s gifts and talents. Your child’s life—and schedule—shouldn’t revolve around the learning disability. Nurture the activities where he or she excels, and make plenty of time for them...."

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​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Students With Special Needs (EdSurge News)

​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Students With Special Needs (EdSurge News) | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
At a glance, technology in special education classroom looks just like it does in a regular education classroom: computers, laptops, SmartBoards, and even an iPad or two.

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The usage of technology such as the iPad is used to help students communicate with their educators, practice their writing, or to even practice their control over their muscles and hand-coordination. Many students with special needs sometimes take a long time to finish a simple task such as pressing a button on the screen, and the iPad is another technology which can make the task enjoyable.

 

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Dogs help valley's special needs kids develop new skills - The Desert Sun

Dogs help valley's special needs kids develop new skills - The Desert Sun | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Smiles spread across the faces of students in Noel Gamel's special education class at Cathedral City High School when three collies — Amos, Lana and
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Conference Provides Opportunities For Young Adults With Disabilities - WICS-TV

Conference Provides Opportunities For Young Adults With Disabilities - WICS-TV | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
It's a statewide conference, helping young adults prepare for life's changes. The 10th annual Transi
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China struggles with mental health problems of 'left-behind' children - The Guardian

China struggles with mental health problems of 'left-behind' children - The Guardian | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
The Guardian China struggles with mental health problems of 'left-behind' children The Guardian Rising living standards have allowed more parents to focus on their children's emotional wellbeing, but development has also brought new problems,...
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Hudson church hosts monthly dance for adults with special needs - Tampabay.com

Hudson church hosts monthly dance for adults with special needs - Tampabay.com | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Hudson church hosts monthly dance for adults with special needs
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A young couple crossed the crowded church hall, dimly lit for the date that had finally arrived: the Happy Feet Dance.
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Children with special needs grow into adults with special needs...we all need socialising and being members of a community.

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Ways to Incorporate Play Therapy for Children with Autism by Dr Pandula Siribaddana | Living Healthy 360

Ways to Incorporate Play Therapy for Children with Autism by Dr Pandula Siribaddana | Living Healthy 360 | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy, which was initially developed as a treatment and a diagnostic tool for young people recovering from trauma, anxiety and mental illnesses.

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Play Therapy has also a role to play when working with children in the Autistic Spectrum

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Center for Educational Advancement's CORE Values participants lunch and learn - MyCentralJersey.com

Center for Educational Advancement's CORE Values participants lunch and learn - MyCentralJersey.com | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Center for Educational Advancement's CORE Values participants lunch and learn MyCentralJersey.com CORE Values is the latest addition to the wide range of employment services the Hunterdon County-based center has provided for individuals with...
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DFC In The Community: Rehab Care. | Dundalk Football Club

DFC In The Community: Rehab Care. | Dundalk Football Club | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
I think it is a fantastic opportunity for us to help make a difference within the community, and in particular with these young adults with special needs. A lot of these young people are loyal Dundalk FC fans, so I think it was a ...
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Community making a difference for young adults with special needs

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New class for children with special needs offered - The Courier-Journal

New class for children with special needs offered - The Courier-Journal | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
New class for children with special needs offered
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A new class is being offered at All About Kids' Oldham County location for children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
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US education needs competition between schools - The News-Press

US education needs competition between schools - The News-Press | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
US education needs competition between schools The News-Press The Friedman philosophy can be summed up in two sentences, which are posted on their web page: "School choice gives parents the freedom to choose their children's education, while...
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Is competition the best approach to excellence?

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NGONG: Bleak future for children housed at Centre for Disabled Children

The lives of 28 mentally and physically disabled children at a Centre in Ngong, seems bleak due to economic hardships facing the church owned centre and soci...
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The Role of Assessments in Special Education - Huffington Post

The Role of Assessments in Special Education - Huffington Post | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
The Role of Assessments in Special Education Huffington Post In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools." One of the report's major findings is that urban...
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Young people's disability football session at Newbury College ...

Young people's disability football session at Newbury College ... | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
This activity is for young people and adults (aged 16+) living in West Berkshire. When: Wednesdays, 3.30pm – 5pm. Where: Newbury College, Monks Lane, Newbury, RG14 ...
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8 special education communication apps | eSchool News | eSchool News

8 special education communication apps | eSchool News | eSchool News | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
These 8 apps offer help to special education students trying to build communication skills.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Apps to help special education students  build communication skills

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Alison DeBoe's curator insight, November 22, 2014 5:27 PM

This website gives special education communication apps, their prices, and how they can be used. Really found some of the useful. Great if a person has a special needs child or works with special needs children.

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Special education too often leads to jail - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Special education too often leads to jail - Jackson Clarion Ledger | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
GRENADA – Cody Beck was 12-years -old when he was handcuffed in front of several classmates and put in the back of a police car outside of Grenada
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The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or ... - Huffington Post

The Importance of Meditation for Parents of Children With Special Needs or ... - Huffington Post | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
On my end, I've written that my meditation practice has been my "saving grace." Okay, if I am going to be honest... it is stronger than that. It has saved my life. With my daughter, I probably would have lingered in a consistent state of de...
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How meditation can help parents of children with special needs

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5 Sensory Activities that Help with Focus

5 Sensory Activities that Help with Focus | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Whether its to do homework, read a book, or even participate in a family discussion, scheduling sensory play that focuses on "Heavy work" can increase your child's ability to focus on the activity you need them to complete.

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5 Sensory activities To help focus.

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Nine-year-old honored for demonstrating kindness and compassion - Milford Mirror

Nine-year-old honored for demonstrating kindness and compassion - Milford Mirror | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
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Nine-year-old honored for demonstrating kindness and compassion
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... handled herself in a jousting match against a young boy with Down syndrome.
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Kindness and compassion in the playground, at school...

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Study Finds ADHD and Trauma Often Go Hand in Hand

Study Finds ADHD and Trauma Often Go Hand in Hand | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Study finds children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder experienced more adversities than those without ADHD

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Study Finds ADHD and Trauma Often Go Hand in Hand

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Sam Ross, Teenage Whisperer's curator insight, May 10, 2014 1:43 PM

Important piece of research emphasising that we need to look further than just an ADHD diagnosis and a prescription pad.

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10 Things I Learned Teaching Yoga to Young Adults with Special ...

10 Things I Learned Teaching Yoga to Young Adults with Special ... | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
For over a decade, I have been working with children, adults, and those with special needs. I have ... My favorite, and yes, I do have favorites, is teaching young adults with special needs. .... 5 Core Traits of Truly Sexy People.
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Great advice about teaching yoga to young people and children with special needs...taking into account their carers!

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Central New York special needs little leaguers look for home field - CNYcentral.com

Central New York special needs little leaguers look for home field - CNYcentral.com | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Central New York special needs little leaguers look for home field
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For most young people in America, Little League Baseball is a foregone conclusion of their childhood. For Challenger Little Leaguers it's anything but that.
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A home for Little Leaguers with special needs in NYC

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Your Child with Learning Differences: Practical Parenting Tips for Home and School

Your Child with Learning Differences: Practical Parenting Tips for Home and School | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Practical tips for making things easier both at home and school for a child with a learning disorder.

Via Lou Salza
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Tips for home and school to make learning easier for a child with learning difficulties.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, April 7, 2014 3:03 PM

Great site with practical, specific information. My favorite passage was the following paragraph encouraging parents to take care of themselves, too--Lou


"...Sometimes the hardest part of parenting is remembering to take care of you. It’s easy to get caught up in what your child needs, while forgetting your own needs. But if you don’t look after yourself, you run the risk of burning out.

It’s important to tend to your physical and emotional needs so that you’re in a healthy space for your child. You won’t be able to help your child if you’re stressed out, exhausted, and emotionally depleted. When you’re calm and focused, on the other hand, you’re better able to connect with your child and help him or her be calm and focused too.

 


Excerpt:

"Tips for dealing with your child’s learning disability

Keep things in perspective. A learning disability isn’t insurmountable. Remind yourself that everyone faces obstacles. It’s up to you as a parent to teach your child how to deal with those obstacles without becoming discouraged or overwhelmed. Don’t let the tests, school bureaucracy, and endless paperwork distract you from what’s really important—giving your child plenty of emotional and moral support.Become your own expert. Do your own research and keep abreast of new developments in learning disability programs, therapies, and educational techniques. You may be tempted to look to others—teachers, therapists, doctors—for solutions, especially at first. But you’re the foremost expert on your child, so take charge when it comes to finding the tools he or she needs in order to learn.Be an advocate for your child. You may have to speak up time and time again to get special help for your child. Embrace your role as a proactive parent and work on your communication skills. It may be frustrating at times, but by remaining calm and reasonable, yet firm, you can make a huge difference for your child.Remember that your influence outweighs all others. Your child will follow your lead. If you approach learning challenges with optimism, hard work, and a sense of humor, your child is likely to embrace your perspective—or at least see the challenges as a speed bump, rather than a roadblock. Focus your energy on learning what works for your child and implementing it the best you can.Focus on strengths, not just weaknesses

Your child is not defined by his or her learning disability. A learning disability represents one area of weakness, but there are many more areas of strengths. Focus on your child’s gifts and talents. Your child’s life—and schedule—shouldn’t revolve around the learning disability. Nurture the activities where he or she excels, and make plenty of time for them...."

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Thousands of people with mental health needs denied social care amid cuts - Community Care

Thousands of people with mental health needs denied social care amid cuts - Community Care | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Social workers warn early intervention support to maintain people's mental health and boost recovery is being lost as thresholds tighten (RT @KayFSheldon: Thousands of people with mental health needs denied social care amid cuts
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What is happening to people with mental health needs?

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Address the needs of children with disabilities - Gulf Times

Address the needs of children with disabilities - Gulf Times | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Gulf Times Address the needs of children with disabilities Gulf Times In young children, the deficiency of certain minerals such as iodine affects their mental development and the same deficiency in the mother during pregnancy can result in varying...
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What Should Parents Ask For in an IEP Meeting? | Friendship Circle ...

What Should Parents Ask For in an IEP Meeting? | Friendship Circle ... | Special Needs Issues | Scoop.it
Self-care skills; Social skills. (Goals and objectives in an IEP are required to be specific and measurable, and have a direct relationship to the child's needs). At an IEP meeting, parents can and should provide as much input as ...
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What should parents aim for  at an EIP meeting?

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