Every household, special needs or not, will find this great list useful. It has teacher gift ideas, a FREE printable shopping organizer, travel tips, easy crafts for special needs, autism apps....everything you need for your holiday season!

Don’t just survive, THRIVE this holiday season…special needs style!

Do you remember your first special needs Christmas season? I do, and I must say that the reasons I remember it are not all positive. That’s one thing I love about progress….I love looking back almost a decade and seeing how far we have come as a family. Now I can honestly say I eagerly […]

If you want to get great deals this weekend on Silhouette, use the sale code SHOES when you check out.

Silhouette makes crafting easier for kids + Black Friday 2014 deal discount code

I was recently asked if I wanted to try the Silhouette Portrait craft cutting tool in exchange for sharing a Black Friday deal. Um, yes! First, let me tell you why I wanted to do this. Many moons ago, I bought a TON and I mean a TON of scrapbooking stuff. And, with two little […]

If you are looking for a tablet for your family or child with special needs, there are a LOT of great options out there for $99 or less. No need to fight crowds or get up early, most of these are everyday prices, though they are selling quickly.

5 tablets for $99 or less for learning or assistive technology

When tablets first came out, they were expensive. Still are, really. But comparatively, the prices are better now due to technology getting better, cheaper and there is more competition out there. With the holidays coming up, maybe you’ve been considering what is the best tablet to get for your child with special needs. I don’t […]

The Autism Project and Hasbro have teamed up to make toys and play more accessible for kids with autism and other disabilities. Great project and just in time for the holidays!

Hasbro toys now more accessible for kids with autism and developmental disabilities

I was at a blogger event earlier in the month and some of the PR folks from Hasbro said that they would have some exciting information for me later in the month. It is exciting news! Doctors, educators and child developmental specialists have long known about the educational value of play. Play is not just […]

  1. Don’t just survive, THRIVE this holiday season…special needs style!
  2. 10 DIY Christmas ornaments for sensory, light play, fine motor and more
  3. ABC Family~25 Days of Christmas Countdown~printable schedule
  4. hitting rock bottom with blogging frustrations~finally making money with my blog

Special Education

20 fun, educational, special needs Christmas apps for autism

Here are 20 great educational apps with a Christmas or holiday theme. Special focus on special needs and autism apps, like Christmas Social Stories, practicing "wh" words, sequencing, problem solving and more.

Are you looking for special needs and autism apps that are Christmas and holiday related? Well, I was and found it nearly impossible to get a good list. So I went digging and found my own. From Christmas social stories apps, picture identification, vocabulary building, sequencing and so much more–I think this is a great […]

{Ask an Advocate} Questions to consider when choosing a placement

Your IEP and Special Education questions answered by a certified Special Education Advocate.

This question comes to us from a mom with an 11-year-old boy, I’ll call him R. “What are the things to look for, and the questions to ask, when touring the public school at which the Department of Education has given you a placement at? My son got a placement at a public integrated classroom […]

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Fun & Recreation

Silhouette makes crafting easier for kids + Black Friday 2014 deal discount code

If you want to get great deals this weekend on Silhouette, use the sale code SHOES when you check out.

I was recently asked if I wanted to try the Silhouette Portrait craft cutting tool in exchange for sharing a Black Friday deal. Um, yes! First, let me tell you why I wanted to do this. Many moons ago, I bought a TON and I mean a TON of scrapbooking stuff. And, with two little […]

10 DIY Christmas ornaments for sensory, light play, fine motor and more

Here are 10 DIY ornaments for kids to work on sensory, light play, fine motor, literacy, sight words and so much more. Grab the glue and the glitter and let's get started!

It’s the most wonderful time…of the year. I am sooo not crafty, but I found some very fun things to do with our kids this holiday season. I am trying to make many of our activities multi-sensory. Here is a list of 10 really cute ornaments that we can make with our kids and they […]

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Recipes

holiday cookie recipes {sensory and fine motor} made with Betty Crocker cookie pouches

Work on sensory and fine motor during holiday baking? Why not? Here are some fun and festive recipes with a bit of extra emphasis on sensory, plus they are easy for Moms because they use Betty Crocker cookie pouches.

My poor kid….he can’t get away from doing “work.” Sometimes he stomps off and wants to just “be” and when he does, I let him. But, since we have a large developmental gap to close and so many skills to work on, I try to incorporate his areas of need as far as skills, into […]

{recipe} muddy buddies~puppy chow~whatever you call it, kids love it!

Doesn't matter if you call it Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow, it's always a favorite with kids.

Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow recipes are so easy and so popular! It’s one of my go-to items when one of my kids asks if we can bake cookies or a cake. Mind you, we do that too, but there’s not always time for it. Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow is fun and tasty. And […]

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Travel

how to have the best Halloween, Christmas, Summer, Halloween and Christmas

sesame place season pass discount

Right now is an AWESOME time to buy season passes for Sesame Place. Want to give your kids the best Christmas gift ever, and make some memories along the way? Right now when you buy them…you get the rest of 2014 AND you get all of 2015. So your year ends something like this: Halloween/October: […]

the best Philadelphia area attractions for families with special needs

best attractions for special needs kids

Several years ago, I had an epiphany. It was after a celebration that I had attended for the anniversary of ADA. ADA was obviously landmark legislation and has completely changed the way we view many things in our society. But we’re still not there. I approached then editor of MetroKids about this idea. I remember […]

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Inspiration

Thoughtful Thursday~November 20

Mind your own garden.

things I wish I’d said to the guy at Chipotle

We all have those jerkstore moments when we think of things we should have said. Here is what I wish I had said to the guy behind me.

Today I went to an Assistive Technology expo. It’s a nice event, hosted by my state’s Dept of Education. At lunch, I shuffled down to the local Chipotle, because it’s something I don’t have near me, and when I am near one, my kids won’t eat it, so I don’t go. It was lunch time […]

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En Espanol

Aplicación de estrategias de funcionamiento ejecutivo en el IEP

a day in our shoes

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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