Community Based Instruction: Essential for Special Needs Individuals with Behavioral Difficulties
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Community Based Instruction: Essential for Special Needs Individuals with Behavioral Difficulties

What is community-based instruction (CBI)? How is CBI different from field trips? Community-based instruction is education that is based in community environments as opposed to highly controlled locations such as schools or center-based programs. Community-based instruction is not the same as field trips. Field trips are excursions by a group of people to a place…

Is adaptive clothing actually more expensive than standard children’s clothing?
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Is adaptive clothing actually more expensive than standard children’s clothing?

Usually, here at SpecialKids.Company HQ, we like our weekly installments to be all about giving back to the community in any way we can. This is typically through top tips and advice for parents to help make life with a child with complex needs that little bit smoother and happier for everyone in the household….

Moderate to Severe Developmental Disability: Eight Essential Skills for Living
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Moderate to Severe Developmental Disability: Eight Essential Skills for Living

Most evaluation tools and curricula arrange skills according to the way a typical child might acquire them. Essential for Living by Patrick McGreevy, PhD BCBA-D et al takes a different approach. They group skills into categories of “must-have,” “should-have,” “good-to-have,” and “nice-to have.” This instrument also identifies deficits in functional skills that might be the…

3 Online Emotional Support Resources for Autism Families
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3 Online Emotional Support Resources for Autism Families

The autism diagnosis is a lonely isolating diagnosis.  Neurotypical families may think it is difficult, but it is actually thousands of times harder than what some people may think. When my son received his diagnosis 27 years ago, there was no internet. We learned about treatments and services from books and articles. We also networked…

Autism: Does the Neurodiversity Movement and Self-Advocates Know What Is Best?
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Autism: Does the Neurodiversity Movement and Self-Advocates Know What Is Best?

The Situation Your toddler is turning age 3 and does not speak, communicate, or play. Instead, he runs back and forth flapping his hands. He picks up objects and flaps them in front his eyes. He has no eye contact, does not notice other people in the room, and seems tuned out to the world….

Aggression and Self-Injury in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Parent’s Perspective
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Aggression and Self-Injury in Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Parent’s Perspective

Trauma from Abuse During a visit with our son who is diagnosed with autism, he displayed aggressive and self-injurious behavior. We thought we had driven this behavior into extinction years ago. Perhaps his medication needed an adjustment. Maybe he was suffering a flare from his inflammatory bowel disease. A few days after that fateful visit,…

7 Foam Blocks Sets with Fun Free-Play Potential
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7 Foam Blocks Sets with Fun Free-Play Potential

Blocks are part of every adult’s treasured childhood memories. From wood to cardboard to plastic to foam, kids eagerly build for hours. Foam blocks now come in plenty of shapes and sizes to enhance children’s imaginative play. Modern blocks are lightweight and come in a variety of colors and textures. Parents and educators alike often…

Fidget Spinners: Educational Panacea or Classroom Distraction?
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Fidget Spinners: Educational Panacea or Classroom Distraction?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this past year, you’ve probably encountered kids (and even adults) playing around with the hottest new toy craze, fidget spinners. These little hand-held toys contain a ball bearing at their center, surrounded by weighted arms that spin around the central axis. One grasps the toy between a finger…

Embrace Fatherhood and Your Child Will Reap the Rewards
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Embrace Fatherhood and Your Child Will Reap the Rewards

While research tells us that embracing fatherhood will dramatically impact a child’s life, the father’s role used to be limited to providing the income. The changing role of fatherhood enables men to express their emotions and share the parenting role with the mother. It has changed dramatically over the years. As a child in the…

For Parents—Engaging Individuals with Severe Autism
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For Parents—Engaging Individuals with Severe Autism

Have you ever walked into your child’s program only to catch the staff doing nothing? Maybe you saw children or adults with autism displaying self-stimulatory behavior or perhaps they were staring out into space with blank looks. I wouldn’t worry about it too much if this happens every once in a while. However, if you…

Torn Between an Extraordinary Memory (HSAM) and Autism
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Torn Between an Extraordinary Memory (HSAM) and Autism

“I want teenagers with autism to know it’s O.K that some days are tough and I’m here to tell you it gets easier as you mature into adulthood and find your passion.” Wise words from Rebecca Sharrock who knows only too well how difficult the teenage years can be for someone with autism who suffers…

10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should—Infographic
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10 Facts You May Not Know About Gifted Children But Should—Infographic

Giftedness is a trait which is hugely misunderstood, even amongst professionals who should be in the know! These 10 facts from Celi Trépanier, author of Educating Your Gifted Child, are here to shed light on what giftedness really is. I hope they dispel some of the myths and misconceptions many believe about gifted children. Using…

Selecting a Communication System for your Non-Speaking Child
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Selecting a Communication System for your Non-Speaking Child

When my son, Isaac, who is diagnosed with autism, was three years old, he went to a therapeutic school which was focused on teaching sign language. He caught on pretty quickly and had about a half dozen signs by the time he left the school at age four. We transferred him to a behavioral school because…

7 Superb Shape Sorters to Engage Your Little One
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7 Superb Shape Sorters to Engage Your Little One

We all remember our favorite childhood toy or toys. Perhaps it was a telephone with googling eyes, or a toy vacuum so you could “help” with chores. We never realized that many of the toys we played with had some educational value as well. These shape sorters are a great toy to allow your child the opportunity…

The Weapon of Knowledge—Let’s Revere Knowledge, Not Results
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The Weapon of Knowledge—Let’s Revere Knowledge, Not Results

I like being in control. I have joked that I have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) about detail and organization but, truth be told, I think that is a good thing. I learned how to be organized from my teachers who repeated the maxim “a place for everything and everything in its place” several times each day…

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