Sitting Alone in a Special Need’s World.

Jonathan’s mom and I had coffee this morning.  She was talking about how lonely it sometimes feels to parent a special need’s child. You see Jonathan is in high school.  His freshman year.  He is in the gifted program and he loves football. It was the the first game of the season.   Jonathan was so

Kids need to Move. Kids need to Play. Kids need to Go Outside.

It is time for school to start and once again, kids are going to be struggling to focus.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day.  Sixty minutes, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. As an alternative, you can count your daily activity steps using

Toilet Training – 20+ suggestions for the child with ASD

As soon as the child is able to balance independently in sitting, make sitting on the toilet part of the everyday routine.  I mean way before potty training.  Start with a closed lid.  I.e. During the morning routine, the child sits on the toilet as you change their pants.  Repeat in the evening.  As greater

Why Everything Does Not Happen For A Reason

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That phrase. We’ve all received it personally gift-wrapped by well-meaning friends, caring loved ones, and kind strangers. It usually comes delivered with the most beautiful of intentions; a buffer of hope raised in the face of the unimaginably painful things we sometimes experience in this life. It’s a close, desperate lifeline thrown out to…

Toilet Training and Spina Bifida

Toilet Training, Bowel Programs and UTI’s are one of the most common topics at any Spina Bifida gathering.  Sit in the back of a Spina Bifida Teen Conference, next to the wheelchairs, and one will quickly figure out why.  The nerves that control the bowel and bladder exit the spinal cord at S2-S4.  Therefore, paralysis

Teaching Puzzles – The Skills Needed to Move from Inset to Interlocking

“Marcus dislikes puzzles because they do not interested him!” This is what I recently heard from Marcus’s father. We were involved in puzzle centers and dad was sure Marcus could complete the presented, twenty-four piece puzzles; if he wanted to. They have puzzles at home and Marcus can put those together. Marcus has several puzzle apps

Predicting the future of special needs kids

At 17, Mel has been one of the lucky ones.  No shunt difficulties-yet. During her most recent developmental assessment, the nurse indicated that; as Mel has had no signs of shunt malfunction, the next period of concern, for shunt malfunction, would be at age 22 years.  In other words, if Mel follows the current data, her