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seeking Sensory Friendly or Special Needs Santas and holiday events

I am working on compiling a list of Sensory Friendly Santas, or Special Needs Friendly Santas and other related events for our kids. I hope to have the list published by 11/15. If you know of any, please fill out this form.   Thanks! Fill out the form, thanks!   var icx_publication_id = 12768; var [...]

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Study shows that group therapy may be beneficial in curbing autistic behaviors

I thought this was pretty interesting. If group therapy is showing benefits in curbing autistic behaviors, that’s very promising. I think it could also offer the additional benefits of finding families that look like theirs, as sort of a support network. Have any of you tried group therapy with your child with autism? I’d be [...]

This is a great list of activities, songs and crafts for Hanukkah. Most of them are very beginner level for kids with special needs. Also includes what skills you can work on when doing these activities. All kids will love them!

adaptive Hanukkah and dreidel activities for kids with special needs

Hanukkah is much later this year than it was last year. Last year it started at Thanksgiving! This year it does not begin until December 16, so you have plenty of time to plan your activities. Introducing a new, fun activity at this time may help keep kids entertained and focused when they are getting [...]

trade shows

Trade Show 101

 One of the best places that you can meet new customers and network with other businesses is a trade show. But it’s important that you are familiar with how a trade show works. So here is some valuable information about trade shows and what you should do to help it be successful. Getting Ready for [...]

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  3. {DIY} bath salts in a jar for Christmas, Mother’s Day, teacher gifts

Special Education

{review and giveaway} three great parenting and education books

All parents of special needs kids need a decent reference library at home, and we'll get you started with some great books from Brookes Publishing.

I love books! Even with the internet and the wealth of information out there…I love having decent books for both work and pleasure in my home library. Recently I met the folks from Brookes Publishing on Twitter, and then we connected…and here we are, just a few weeks later and I’m giving away three of [...]

Buzzwords: Executive Functioning

Executive functioning strategies in an IEP are essential if a child struggles in this area. With assistance, it will permeate all other areas of their schoolwork. Here are some tips for implementing executive functioning strategies in an IEP or special education.

Recently I was talking with a mom about her child’s skill sets, and mentioned a lack of executive functioning skills. She said “I keep hearing that term………what is that exactly?” Ok, here it is, Executive Functioning 101. After I explain what it is and give you some examples, I’ll explain why it’s such a big [...]

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Fun & Recreation

{TGIF} Fun Friday Blog Giveaway Linkup~Happy Halloween!

Here is our weekly blog giveaway linkup--attracting hundreds of prizes for you to win as a reader, and tons of entrants on your giveaway if you are a blogger. Enter now!

Happy Friday and Happy Halloween! I just have one giveaway going on right now, but several more just around the corner. This week I have 3 great parenting and education books up for grabs.   Exciting news this week! We have had some changes in the blogs who help host this giveaway. We have added [...]

adaptive Hanukkah and dreidel activities for kids with special needs

This is a great list of activities, songs and crafts for Hanukkah. Most of them are very beginner level for kids with special needs. Also includes what skills you can work on when doing these activities. All kids will love them!

Hanukkah is much later this year than it was last year. Last year it started at Thanksgiving! This year it does not begin until December 16, so you have plenty of time to plan your activities. Introducing a new, fun activity at this time may help keep kids entertained and focused when they are getting [...]

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Recipes

{giveaway} 17 great fall recipes + win a Kitchen Aid mixer!

We have 17 delicious fall recipes + your chance to win a Kitchen Aid mixer!

My foodie friend Colleen, from Souffle Bombay gathered a group of us together for a fun post about the flavors of Fall PLUS hold on to your hats!! We are giving away a GORGEOUS Kitchen Aid 5QT Professional Stand Mixer! Who is  feeling lucky? We have got you covered from breakfast through to desserts with [...]

{Halloween Recipes} snacks and meals using Flat Out flatbread

Here are 9 snack and dinner recipes for Halloween, all in one convenient printable.

During October and Halloween, there is so much focus on candy and sweet treats like baked goods, isn’t there? Don’t get me wrong, I totally indulge and let my kids do as well. In moderation. If there is such a thing as indulging in moderation. No one ever thinks of what to make for Halloween [...]

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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

Join McDonald’s for a Day of Change #forRMHC on October 15

ronald mcdonald house day of change

October 15 is the 40th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House and the birthday of the Ronald McDonald House system. It is such a wonderful charity and I personally know of so many families who have had the opportunity to use it and benefit from it. As part of my work as a McCafe McDonald’s [...]

Thoughtful Thursday~October 2

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Aplicación de estrategias de funcionamiento ejecutivo en el IEP

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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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