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{seeking guest contributors} My nest is supposed to be empty! taking care of adult children with disabilities

I’ve known about the “Black hole of 21″ or falling off the cliff at age 21 for some time. I try not to think about it, honestly. “Look at it, but don’t dwell on it” is advice I heard from Marianne Williamson, and it was appropriate for this topic. But, I can’t get that Dateline […]

National Constitution Center

affordable family fun at the National Constitution Center and National Archives

Here is some great summer travel information. Two of my favorite places to visit are the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the National Archives in Washington, DC. You and your kids will have a great time, and it’s fun and educational all at once. I hope to get back to both of these places […]

tenmarks math

*free* TenMarks math program~strengthen math skills~aligns with CCSS

Updated 5/26/15: This program was free last summer, then they extended it into the fall. Now I see it is free again, so grab it while it’s available!   Your child can continue working on the assignments from the summer. You can also add more assignments to their playlist by simply following the instructions below. […]

standardized tests

The negative toll of state testing~one school superintendent’s position and plea to parents

I have some educational surrogates in this district, so I receive all the district emails. Yesterday we received this and I love it. I wish more superintendents and admins would speak up….more importantly, I hope that parents heed his plea, and contact your legislators. May 22, 2015 Dear Parents, Many of us are quick to […]

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Special Education

{Ask an Advocate} mom has LRE questions

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Today’s question comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Hi! I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and my daughter has been evaluated as having a learning disability by the school. I don’t know exactly what type of learning disability it is but they have stated that she qualifies for services. I went to her first IEP the […]

{Ask an Advocate} child with IEP told they cannot attend the charter school

Has your child been discriminated against by a charter school due to their special needs? Do you as a parent feel like you've been bullied by the charter school? Here are some things you can do.

This post has been in my head a while, but I’ve neglected putting it together for several reasons. One is that whenever I post anything that points out the truth about charter schools, I get a ton of hate e-mail. And even if it’s not hate email, I get a bunch of e-mail and comments […]

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Fun & Recreation

It’s your turn to save the world! Win 4 tickets to the Marvel Experience in Philadelphia

Win 4 tickets to the Marvel Experience on June 19!

I am so excited to go to this with my kids! At first when I agreed to do this promotion for The Marvel Experience, I thought it was just a live show. We like going to live shows and performances, so I agreed. But as I sat down and read the information to do this […]

affordable family fun at the National Constitution Center and National Archives

National Constitution Center

Here is some great summer travel information. Two of my favorite places to visit are the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the National Archives in Washington, DC. You and your kids will have a great time, and it’s fun and educational all at once. I hope to get back to both of these places […]

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Special Ed and Disability resources

*free* TenMarks math program~strengthen math skills~aligns with CCSS

tenmarks math

Updated 5/26/15: This program was free last summer, then they extended it into the fall. Now I see it is free again, so grab it while it’s available!   Your child can continue working on the assignments from the summer. You can also add more assignments to their playlist by simply following the instructions below. […]

Free codes for Leap Pad apps!

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Hi there and welcome to a very popular blog post–free codes for Leap Pads! Everyone loves free Leap apps and we love our Leap Pad and Leap Pad 2. The free Leap Pad app codes are below, but just wanted to let you know a few things. In addition to the codes for the free […]

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Travel

{Special Needs Travel Review} Orlando: a rough start to the trip but Southwest comes through

Our view was great! We got to see the mass sliming whenever we wanted!

Right around Easter, my husband found out that his company was going to send him to Orlando for a week. Taking the kids to Orlando has always been on our to-do list, but not a super high priority. But, we were able to put together a nice trip in a short amount of time and […]

{Special Needs Travel Review} Sea World surprises us while Disney disappoints

Kevin loved the flamingos.

On Friday we had planned to go to Sea World. It was my husband’s first free day, and his only free days were really Sunday, Friday and Saturday. But the first Sunday he had to rest due to having a concussion. But, I had learned about the Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios and […]

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Inspiration

The negative toll of state testing~one school superintendent’s position and plea to parents

standardized tests

I have some educational surrogates in this district, so I receive all the district emails. Yesterday we received this and I love it. I wish more superintendents and admins would speak up….more importantly, I hope that parents heed his plea, and contact your legislators. May 22, 2015 Dear Parents, Many of us are quick to […]

Thoughtful Thursday~Memorial Day~videos that pay tribute to Veterans

Need playlist for your Memorial Day cookout? Here is a list of 13 popular and country songs that are patriotic or pay tribute to Veterans.

Since it’s Memorial Day weekend, thought I’d post this for this week’s Thoughtful Thursday. Thank a veteran! I love country music, and all types of music really, but it seems that country music is the genre that pays the most tribute to veterans. Of course, this first one from Billy Joel is good too. The […]

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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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