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Michigan lawmakers renew fight for autism coverage - CNBC

Michigan lawmakers renew fight for autism coverage - CNBC | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Michigan lawmakers are renewing efforts to require the offering of insurance coverage for certain autism treatments.
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The Anatomy of Swinging

The Anatomy of Swinging | Special Needs | Scoop.it
You start physical therapy at age 4 months of age. A therapist comes twice a week to your home to help you build your muscles ...
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Five Special Needs Tweeps to Follow on Twitter - January Edition | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

Five Special Needs Tweeps to Follow on Twitter - January Edition | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Once a month we highlight five people on Twitter who provide great resources and support to those with special needs.
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Mute speller defies stereotypes as she tries for Richardson title

Competitive spellers are all a bit different from the rest of us. But Tanu Shivaswamy pushes the envelope into another ZIP code:
Tanu cannot speak. And she is the current spelling bee champ at Richardson ISD’s Canyon Creek Elementary.
The fifth-grader’s movements are awkward, a legacy of cerebral palsy. But her thinking is fluid. And she can sign with her hands, letter by letter. At the school spelling bee a couple of weeks ago, Tanu’s district-supplied translator gave voice to those signs, word by word:
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Shoes for Ellie: Buying shoes for a child with autism | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

Shoes for Ellie: Buying shoes for a child with autism | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Most little girls like buying and wearing brand new shoes. When it comes to purchasing shoes for a child with autism it can be a whole different ballgame.
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Top Ten Common Mistakes Made at an IEP | Special Education Advisor

Top Ten Common Mistakes Made at an IEP | Special Education Advisor | Special Needs | Scoop.it
10.  Discussing placement before everything else has been established (i.e. needs, present level of performance, goals, etc);  9. Going alone to the....
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Hopeful Parents - Hopeful Parents - Mother Wars

Hopeful Parents - Hopeful Parents - Mother Wars | Special Needs | Scoop.it
There has been a lot of controversy over here in the US lately over a recent Wall Street Journal article which lauds Chinese mothers over their Western counterparts. The author presents her case that the Chinese raise such stereotypically successful kids, due to the strict upbringing enforced by Chinese mothers. It has caused an outrage over here in the US, but I wasn't outraged, I was bemused.
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Michigan lawmakers renew fight for autism coverage - CNBC

Michigan lawmakers renew fight for autism coverage - CNBC | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Michigan lawmakers are renewing efforts to require the offering of insurance coverage for certain autism treatments.
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My Life as an Ungraceful, Unhinged, and Unwilling Draftee into the Autism Army: Insufficient Memory To Perform Requested Operation

My Life as an Ungraceful, Unhinged, and Unwilling Draftee into the Autism Army: Insufficient Memory To Perform Requested Operation | Special Needs | Scoop.it
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Ariane Zurcher: Marriage and Autism (Part II)

Ariane Zurcher: Marriage and Autism (Part II) | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Early on my husband and I realized the importance of down time, because with an autistic child, there is so little of it.
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The public vs private school debate. Has everyone forgotten it’s a spectrum?

The public vs private school debate. Has everyone forgotten it’s a spectrum? | Special Needs | Scoop.it
There is a lot of debate right now surrounding public vs private schools.. inclusion and seclusion. I don't even understand how ...
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“Bleagh!”

Sunday night Emma appeared at the side of our bed, “Why? Why did you throw up?”

“You threw up, Em?” I asked, craning my head to see that the clock read 12:43AM.
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Video Games - Disabled athlete finds strength in "MLB 10: The Show" - ESPN

Video Games - Disabled athlete finds strength in "MLB 10: The Show" - ESPN | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Hans Smith pitched his way through an up-and-down rookie year for the Cardinals last season.

Don't recognize the name? That's because Smith is a virtual athlete who spent an entire season playing as himself in "MLB 10: The Show."

But Smith is anything but your average gamer.

The 25-year-old baseball fanatic suffers from cerebral palsy, making it impossible for him to play the game he loves in real life.
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Learning to Embrace the Chaos - Downers Grove, IL Patch

Learning to Embrace the Chaos - Downers Grove, IL Patch | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Life as a special needs parent means letting go of all things neat and orderly. (RT @autismarmymom: My sophomore freelance effort: Embracing the Chaos of #specialneeds #parenting http://bit.ly/eSfHrP #autism #downersgrove #humor)
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Severe Mental Health Disorders Untreated in Many U.S. Teens - US News and World Report

Severe Mental Health Disorders Untreated in Many U.S. Teens - US News and World Report | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Shortage of mental health specialists for children likely to be a growing problem, experts warn
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GummyLump.com Blog: Dr Toy's "Smart Play Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ (play quotient)

GummyLump.com Blog: Dr Toy's "Smart Play Smart Toys: How to Raise a Child with a High PQ (play quotient) | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Dr. Toy's Smart Play Smart Toys is a wonderfully engaging book that focuses on the importance of play, how to choose appropriate toys, and how to enhance a child's play experience!
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Autism and Parties, the two don't normally mix | Stuart Duncan

Autism and Parties, the two don't normally mix | Stuart Duncan | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Just the mention a friend’s birthday party invitation brings the little mite out in beads of sweat, making sure we understand that he’s not going to the party under any circumstances “send them a text now and tell them I’m not going, do it, do it now before it’s too late” is what we’ll get.
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Shelley Hendrix Reynolds: Oregon First State to Introduce Autism Insurance Reform in 2011

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds: Oregon First State to Introduce Autism Insurance Reform in 2011 | Special Needs | Scoop.it
Oregon just entered the fray as the first state of 2011 to introduce autism insurance reform legislation with both a House and Senate version of the bill.
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Rapper with Down syndrome lives dream to record CD | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com

Rapper with Down syndrome lives dream to record CD | The Des Moines Register | DesMoinesRegister.com | Special Needs | Scoop.it
The music starts and the song sounds like any other pretty ballad: A woman's soprano voice floats over a soft instrumental. The sound goes on for a few measures, but then it changes.Suddenly, you're listening to a rap song, but it has a different sound. The performer stammers a bit, then shouts a few times; his speaking is slightly impaired, so making out all the lyrics is difficult. Two lines, though, are loud and clear, and he sings them again and again: 'This is my life. This is my song.'
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Why is your child so defiant & oppositional [VIDEO] | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog

Why is your child so defiant & oppositional [VIDEO] | Friendship Circle -- Special Needs Blog | Special Needs | Scoop.it
From the Maker of Parenting advice from total strangers comes another video about a substitute teacher that is convinced that your child is defiant & oppositional.
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Support

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I was watching Rojo play a football game in the basement on Sunday, when my cell phone beeped. “I’ve got food poisoning, I may ...
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Helping those with Attention Deficit Disorder stay organized

Helping those with Attention Deficit Disorder stay organized | Special Needs | Scoop.it
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Encouraging Productive Homework Habits: The Parent’s Role at Middle and High School | Special Education Advisor

Encouraging Productive Homework Habits: The Parent’s Role at Middle and High School | Special Education Advisor | Special Needs | Scoop.it
It is not surprising that homework can be a major problem in middle and high school. In these settings, homework accounts for as much as 50% of course grades
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