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Health & Daily Care

From mealtimes to vaccines and everything in between, this information will help you establish routines for the day to day needs of your child.

 
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My Community

Connect to a network of parents and professionals and develop your own support network of peers and advisors.

 
Establishing Services
 
 
 
 

Establishing Services

Don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by all the acronyms? Learn how to navigate the system of care and tips on preparing for IEPs.

 
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Meet Our Experts

Our panel of experts combine medical and therapeutic perspectives with years of experience working passionately alongside famiiles and children with special needs.

 
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Tools & Resources

A library of resources, reference links and easy to print guidelines for you to post on the fridge and share with others!

 
Love, Laugh & Live
 
 
 
 

Love, Laugh, & Live

This section is devoted to our amazing moms. It's ok, in fact we encourage you to laugh and develop goals for YOURSELF! Share your secrets of sanity and be encouraged to take time for you!

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This guide on ADHD offers some good advice and information.
In March 2011, AbilityPath released Walk a Miles in Their Shoes, a groundbreaking report raising awareness that bullying of children with special needs is one of the highest of any other subgroup.
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Navigate the transition process--we have provided a timeline to help
Selecting the right child care or preschool for your child is often a challenging and time-consuming task. But the time and energy you put into it is a worthwhile investment.
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Inclusion values each child and person as a member of the community. It honors each child’s diverse and unique gifts and contributions
Selecting the right child care or preschool for your child is often a challenging and time-consuming task. But the time and energy you put into it is a worthwhile investment.
Creating a profile of your child helps your: transition or child study team better understand your child’s needs and current status.
Preparing your toddler for the first day of preschool? Create a preschool preview book!
There isn’t a kid in the world who hasn’t occasionally wanted to skip school.
Over the course of several months, AbilityPath.org interviewed experts, educators and parents regarding this escalating issue facing children with special needs. It became apparent that the demographic most vulnerable to bullying also had the fewest resources.
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"Everyone makes a big deal about their children being bullied at school and it is a big deal. However, it is always the ‘normal’ children that you hear about."- Mother of an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome
"Everyone makes a big deal about their children being bullied at school and it is a big deal. However, it is always the ‘normal’ children that you hear about."- Mother of an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome
It sometimes takes a little detective work to find warning signs that your child is a victim of bullying.
Cyberbulling becomes a parent's worst fear when Facebook and YouTube are used to bully children with special needs on the Internet.
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“They came in and helped everyone understand why a lot of these kids did the things that they did...All of a sudden, some of the bullies were saying, ‘Oh, OK. the bullying isn’t even fun anymore." - Parent Juliette Wallen
One critical tool available in the classroom is the Individualized Education Program or IEP to help children with disabilities.
Since 2005, the issue of bullying has become so important in the United States that 45 of the 50 states have passed laws against it; but few address bullying of children with special needs.
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Parents who have lived through the experiences of their children being bullied are often times the best experts. Their personal experiences, how they chose to manage the situation can be helpful for other parents in similar situations.
Across the nation, entire industries of consultants and businesses have developed with curriculums, workshops and pep talks to combat bullying in schools. Although well-intentioned, a new “war on bullying” will have limited success for the same reason our earlier “wars” have come up short.
Five easy steps you can take to disable bullying.
Here are a variety of resources for parents, teachers and professionals to disable bullying.
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If you have concerns about your child’s attention span, or if your child is exhibiting delays in other areas of development, contact your child’s pediatrician or family doctor
(AD/HD) typically emerges in the preschool or early school years
Exploring quantity and physical attributes such as big, little, length and weight are important to know
Introducing patterns such as shapes, numbers, and sounds and encouraging children to predict patterns help build critical thinking skills
Special Education Students being held to national academic standards
Children begin to learn and recognize numbers after hearing and seeing them repeatedly
As a child develops language skills, they begin to identify the names of shapes
Trust your instincts and seek further evaluation if you have any concerns about your child’s development
How can you help develop your child’s pre-academic skills? Enhance pre-academic development while promoting learning, independence, and success
Play with your infant on the floor and encourage him to explore; Offer your child objects with a variety of textures—smooth, rough, fuzzy, soft
The introduction of Howard Gardner’s theory presents new possibilities in the field of education
Everything is new and exciting! The more experiences your child has, the more he is learning about his world
A Preschool and Toddler Programs Checklist
Here are some things you can do to support your child’s prominent learning style
Infants prefer toys with many sensory properties
Sing songs with your child to develop vocabulary, sequencing, and phonemic awareness
Your child may be eligible for Designated Instruction Services (DIS), also known as related services.
Looking at books together will help expand your child’s focus and attention
When your child encounters a “problem,” such as a toy breaking, or difficulty turning on a toy, give him time to work out the problem independently
Identifying an appropriate classroom environment for your child can feel overwhelming
Environment is a key factor in determining an appropriate classroom setting for your child
One important aspect of learning is a child’s ability to focus her attention on a particular object or activity
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