When we work with patients with adult children at home with IDD, as appropriate, the topic should be broached regarding their plans. We need to educate ourselves on the support services available in our area. Often, parents have no knowledge of existing resources for them and their children. Armed with good information, we can help our patients plan for their children with IDD outliving them and help relieve their anxiety about it.
Most of a child’s learning and development will occur in the walls of our homes. It is important to teach our children about differences while they are young. Research has shown that by teaching children about differences, it allows them to process differences and develop appropriate and accurate views about people who have differences.
Finding out that your child has a disability can be one of the most heart wrenching experiences a parent can face in their lifetime. However, there are three main things that can help you process and start accepting your child’s diagnosis
As the world has been plagued by COVID-19, parents are entering uncharted territory with their children’s education. While many children are able to independently access their school online, parents of children with disabilities are left to wonder, “What about my child?”
Nothing is more powerful than feeling validated, heard, and understood. A parent who has walked the same or similar path as you can be your greatest most treasured resource. We have five parent blogs who are walking the disability path and sharing their journey. They all have created a great place for parents and others to learn and create a sense of belonging.
With all our children back in school, whether face to face or virtually learning, parents are needing strategies to promote on-task working, paying attention, and participation. A common strategy that works is something called the good behavior game.
Because of COVID-19, some of our VPK student’s families do not feel comfortable sending their children to a brick and mortar campus at this time. With no distance learning option offered to these students, our families began to share with us their concerns that their children would be missing this vital window of opportunity to gain Kindergarten-readiness skills, so we got to work.
Have you recently received a new diagnosis for your child? Are you feeling overwhelmed with the information you received and are unsure of where to turn next to seek out the best support for both your child and your family? We know that a new diagnosis can be challenging to process and even more confusing to know which therapy, specialists, or resource you should contact first in order to provide what your child needs to succeed.
Handwriting is a key skill that children start to learn as soon as they grasp a marker and try to color on the wall. There are so many different skills that must work together with handwriting including hand-eye coordination, grasping, strength, vision, and control of the tool the child is using to write. It is key to begin working on handwriting skills as soon as a child shows interest as we must first learn how to make simple shapes before we are able to write short stories.
Have you ever heard of positive reinforcement? Do you know what “positive” stands for? What about the word “reinforcement?” Here is a technical breakdown for you!
If you suspect that your child’s 504 Plan is not accommodating their needs within their educational environment, it might be time to seek an Individualized Education Plan. Children with 504 Plans do not require specialized instruction, however a child with an IEP does. An Individualized Education Plan is “a document under United States law that is developed for each public school child in the U.S who needs special education.”