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{sweepstakes} Win a bracelet from Alex and Ani~support Best Buddies!

Do you love Best Buddies International? Do you love Alex and Ani? What if I told you that the two are working together and you can get this awesome bracelet? Is this cool or what? I like to collect things, but I keep my “collections” in check. I’ve long wanted an Alex and Ani bracelet […]

Are you taking care of an adult child with disabilities? Then we'd love to hear your story.

{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 […]

DIY superhero bath scrubs-easy to make and a fun sensory activity

{sensory activity} easy DIY superhero bath scrub

Do you use essential oils? We’ve been using them for over 10 years, when we redid a bathroom and now we can add the essential oils to our shower which can also work as a steam room. But, as they become more popular, I am learning more about them and buying higher quality essential oils. […]

More than 50 fall and Halloween activities for kids with special needs-Dozens of fun Halloween crafts, activities, recipes, alternatives to Trick-or-Treating and more.

50+ fall and Halloween activities for kids with special needs

I am updating this Halloween post. It includes dozens and dozens of fall and Halloween activities for children with special needs. We love fall and Halloween around this house, but the truth is, my little guy with special needs requires a little bit of support or adaptation to have the best experience. I don’t force […]

  1. {sweepstakes} Win a bracelet from Alex and Ani~support Best Buddies!
  2. {seeking guest contributors} My nest is supposed to be empty! taking care of adult children with disabilities
  3. The Shriver Report: Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Century
  4. 4 of the best travel apps for families
  5. 20 fun, kid-friendly recipes to get your kids to eat vegetables (and end the dinner wars!)

Special Education

4 of the best travel apps for families

Here is a list of 4 of the best family travel apps to assist you in planning and doing your trips.

Are you traveling this summer? Do you love to travel? We do! Someone sent me this list of the best travel apps for families so I thought I’d share. I have an entire section on this blog devoted to special needs travel. Having a child with special needs doesn’t need to put the brakes on […]

{Ask an Advocate} a blank report card?

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Today’s question comes from Maryland: I received my sons report card from special education cri program The report card is blank How can that be? Thanks for contacting us! Well, it may just be a clerical error. Those things happen. I’m assuming that you are talking about Community Referenced Instruction, which is not a term […]

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Fun & Recreation

50+ fall and Halloween activities for kids with special needs

More than 50 fall and Halloween activities for kids with special needs-Dozens of fun Halloween crafts, activities, recipes, alternatives to Trick-or-Treating and more.

I am updating this Halloween post. It includes dozens and dozens of fall and Halloween activities for children with special needs. We love fall and Halloween around this house, but the truth is, my little guy with special needs requires a little bit of support or adaptation to have the best experience. I don’t force […]

{sweepstakes} Win a bracelet from Alex and Ani~support Best Buddies!

win an alex and ani bracelet

Do you love Best Buddies International? Do you love Alex and Ani? What if I told you that the two are working together and you can get this awesome bracelet? Is this cool or what? I like to collect things, but I keep my “collections” in check. I’ve long wanted an Alex and Ani bracelet […]

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Special Ed and Disability resources

{sensory activity} easy DIY superhero bath scrub

DIY superhero bath scrubs-easy to make and a fun sensory activity

Do you use essential oils? We’ve been using them for over 10 years, when we redid a bathroom and now we can add the essential oils to our shower which can also work as a steam room. But, as they become more popular, I am learning more about them and buying higher quality essential oils. […]

“Pets in the Classroom” grant opportunities for teachers from Pet Supplies Plus

pets in the classroom

I came across this opportunity for teachers and principals and thought it was too cute not to share. I love animals and they can play such an important role in kids’ lives, particularly when it comes to learning. I have previously been involved with PAWS for People and helped them pilot a program for parents […]

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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 extraordinary burden of IEPs on moms

the extraordinary burden of IEPs on moms

Imagine this, parents. Imagine you are envisioning your child’s future, and the different pieces of his/her future are trading cards. And you say, “Ok, I will give you this card for safety, and in exchange, I get to keep all the cards for food.” And imagine you had to play this game with your school: […]

ESEA passes Senate-but not everyone is celebrating

Me, at the Capitol just last week!

Yesterday the Senate passed their version of ESEA. I’m having a rough week here personally, as Kevin was hospitalized for two days. So I’ve not been totally on top of what is happening. But, in the few moments I’ve had to view email and Facebook, I don’t think that I am 100% happy with this […]

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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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