Why is it ok for an adult to be a Disney fanatic and visit several times a year, or a grown man to dress up and go to Comic Con, but a child with autism with a doll gets everyone's knickers in a twist?

rethinking age appropriate activities and kids with autism and other developmental disabilities

This is an issue that has been on my mind a lot lately. My son will be 9 this summer, and as I’ve posted many times, he just loves all things Sesame Street. At a very early age (between 6-12 months) he showed a strong preference to all things Elmo, which of course is normal […]

good list of fictional books for kids and the main character has autism or other disability or is just quirky

fiction books for kids with characters who have autism, disabilities or just quirky (and maybe lacking some social skills!)

Lately my younger son is really getting into reading, which is fun. He can read beginner level books and he’s becoming much more choosy about the content he is reading. I thought I would take a look around for some books that would help him, or inspire him, or subtly teach him how to live […]

If you are knowledgeable about IEPs and special ed, becoming an educational surrogate is a great way to give back to kids in your community.

What is an educational surrogate parent + how to become an educational surrogate parent

Many times parents ask me how they can give back to the special needs community. Particularly for those who have their own child’s situation settled and stable, and have knowledge, but maybe not quite enough knowledge to be working professionally as an advocate. There are many options including Parent Partner or Parent Buddy programs, but […]

  1. 15 fun farms for kids to visit~Pennsylvania and Delaware
  2. 30 best apps for kids with autism~social skills, emotions, sequencing, language, ABA and more
  3. Valuable Lessons for children on the Digital Playground (in an app!)

Special Education

30 best apps for kids with autism~social skills, emotions, sequencing, language, ABA and more

list of 30 great apps for kids with autism or related disabilities; includes turn taking, sequencing, social skills, emotions, language and more.

As we are growing with the field of technology, we are realizing more and more that our children are benefiting from the use of these new and innovative tools that are being marketed. Even with some of the basic (but crucial) skill development for children with Autism, the i-Pad can be a fantastic tool in […]

Valuable Lessons for children on the Digital Playground (in an app!)

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Young kids want to text. Parents want to keep them safe. Until recently, think of the young kids’ “digital playground” as mobile messaging without a hall monitor. Young kids are more digitally savvy than ever. In fact, one survey reported that 52% of kids spend SIX hours a day online.* Parents struggle to keep up […]

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Fun & Recreation

15 fun farms for kids to visit~Pennsylvania and Delaware

List of farms to visit with your kids to see a working farm and animals, including tips for going with a child with special needs.

We just love visiting farms. Both of my kids love seeing animals, Kevin in particular. He loves to see them, pet them and it helps us help him with language. He can say some of the words and he can mimic the sounds they make. So, I thought, “hey, how many fun family farms with […]

It’s a Spring Fling giveaway~products I tried and loved! (ends 4/24)

Win one of six fun prizes, ends 4/24. See blog post for description of prizes and other details.

The calendar says spring, but Mother Nature just won’t let go of her grip of winter, will she? I thought we all could use a pick-me-up, so I am hosting a small but fun giveaway. Often I am asked if I want to try products to see if I want to share them with my […]

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Special Ed and Disability resources

new trend~coloring books for adults + where to find free printable adult coloring pages

What moms have known for years--that coloring is fun! Now coloring books is a trend for adults. Plus where to find free coloring pages.

Have you heard of this new trend? It’s what moms have known for generations…coloring is fun! But last week it made international news when some adult coloring books made the Amazon top seller list. Kids love coloring and it’s easy to see why. It’s calming and peaceful. And now researchers are finding some therapeutic benefits […]

fiction books for kids with characters who have autism, disabilities or just quirky (and maybe lacking some social skills!)

good list of fictional books for kids and the main character has autism or other disability or is just quirky

Lately my younger son is really getting into reading, which is fun. He can read beginner level books and he’s becoming much more choosy about the content he is reading. I thought I would take a look around for some books that would help him, or inspire him, or subtly teach him how to live […]

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Travel

Visiting Washington, DC with kids (and special needs!)

Tips for visiting Washington DC with kids, especially with special needs.

I love Washington, DC. I am fortunate to live close enough to do it as a day trip (albeit a long day!) if I want to. But I prefer to stay overnight if we can. There is so much to do and see there. Now having taken my kids down there several times, I thought […]

visiting and sleeping over at the National Archives in Washington, DC (with special needs!)

The National Archives is a great place to visit for all ages and it's very special needs friendly. Read my tips so that you are prepared, and definitely consider doing the Archives Sleepover!

Washington, DC is my second favorite city. Maybe my first-favorite…it’s so hard! I love Philadelphia because it feels like home to me and I love all the history, but I love DC because it has history and what is happening today. It’s a city with great energy. I look for any excuse to visit and […]

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Inspiration

from COPAA: Senate ESEA bill makes strides for students with disabilities but still lacks strong accountability

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I received the following information from COPAA regarding ESEA and thought I would share. If you wish to reach out to your legislators regarding ESEA, please visit: Please contact your Legislators about ESEA  WASHINGTON, DC – Denise Marshall, executive director of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) released the following statement regarding […]

tired of the complaining about April and Autism Month

Please stop complaining, start acting.

I am growing so weary of the anti-April-anti-autism month conversation that is going on online. It’s exhausting. First of all, I get it. I get why so many dislike that organization and I have also called to boycott them. But I also have explained why I still wear blue on April 2. In a nutshell, […]

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En Espanol

Aplicación de estrategias de funcionamiento ejecutivo en el IEP

A Day in our Shoes, one of the best special needs parenting websites you can find. Now, it comes with a free special needs Android app. Get it now!

Funcionamiento Ejecutivo parece ser uno de los problemas más comunes que enfrentan los estudiantes con discapacidades y una dificultad común, incluso con los adultos en la sociedad actual. Sin embargo, parece que hay muy poca comprensión de la función ejecutiva entre los maestros o cómo proporcionar estrategias funcionales en el aula. Esto es lo que […]

Sesame Street lanza iniciativa “Ver la asombrosa en todos los niños”

Mi hijo y Abby en la ciudad de Nueva York.

Se trata de un proyecto muy divertido y emocionante de la gente más en Sesame Workshop. En el Día Mundial del Autismo, la semana pasada, se anunció que están empezando una nueva iniciativa llamada “Ver la increíble en todos los niños“, y se centrarán en los niños que tienen autismo. Si usted ha estado viendo […]

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