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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 […]

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{2nd in guest contributor series} my nest is supposed to empty! a mom in Iowa shares her story

A mom in Iowa wanted to share her situation and story. It highlights why it is so important to become politically active and call your legislators about funding adult programs and waivers. Mom is also a provider of Supported Community Living services for individuals with special needs. Our issues now are getting services for our […]

It's another call to action alert, please read and act!

the proposed PA budget and disabilities and education-call your legislators!

I’m mildly annoyed today. I mean, it’s summer, it’s a holiday week….we should be able to take a break, right? Our legislators want to take a break. But they haven’t really earned it. What they have done over the weekend is junk. I’m talking about the budget. Technically our state has a budget deadline of […]

It's another call to action alert, please read and act!

PA parents~tell your legislators to oppose SB 6

Summer (at least before August break) is typically a busy time in legislature. They are trying to get things passed and done before they go on summer break. So, that is why there have been so many calls to action and other pleas on this blog in the past few weeks. And here is another, […]

  1. {seeking guest contributors} My nest is supposed to be empty! taking care of adult children with disabilities
  2. Report Exposes Destructive Education Agenda of Walton Family Foundation
  3. understanding what is Understood~one stop resource for families with learning and attention issues
  4. PA Families: Join us in Harrisburg on June 23 for Education Rally!

Special Education

understanding what is Understood~one stop resource for families with learning and attention issues

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I know that some of my audience is familiar with Understood, I see you all sharing the articles on Facebook and offering it as a resource in our group. But what is Understood? Do you know? Because honestly, until recently, I thought it was just a branch of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. It […]

{Ask an Advocate} mom seeking advice on preschool to kindergarten transition

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A mom in PA asks (and I edited to remove specifics): I also live in southeastern Chester county (she lives near me, but not in my district). Our daughter has developmental delays, speech apraxia and ADHD. She is currently at the {name of special ed preschool}. We are trying to decide the best path for […]

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Fun & Recreation

Sesame Place discounts, offers and coupons for 2015

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Summer is here! I can’t believe that my family has not been to Sesame Place yet this year! I am really longing to go we have just been crazy busy with commitments. Swim lessons, family reunions, soccer camp, ESY….I am just dying to have a Sunny Day at Sesame Place. If you are planning a […]

40+ kids activities for #SharkWeek ~snacks, crafts, printables, games and more!

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Do you love Shark Week? We do! My husband says that the newer Shark Weeks aren’t as good as the older ones, but my kids still enjoy it. And like most things…I try to do an all-around, multi-sensory activities around an event. In other words, when it’s Shark Week, we don’t just watch tv–we read […]

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Special Ed and Disability resources

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

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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

{2nd in guest contributor series} my nest is supposed to empty! a mom in Iowa shares her story

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A mom in Iowa wanted to share her situation and story. It highlights why it is so important to become politically active and call your legislators about funding adult programs and waivers. Mom is also a provider of Supported Community Living services for individuals with special needs. Our issues now are getting services for our […]

the proposed PA budget and disabilities and education-call your legislators!

It's another call to action alert, please read and act!

I’m mildly annoyed today. I mean, it’s summer, it’s a holiday week….we should be able to take a break, right? Our legislators want to take a break. But they haven’t really earned it. What they have done over the weekend is junk. I’m talking about the budget. Technically our state has a budget deadline of […]

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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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