Is Your 3rd Grader failing? Know the Matthew Effect in Reading.

Is Your 3rd Grader failing? Know the Matthew Effect in Reading.

Matthew Effect | Matthew Principle Ask any Special Education Advocate, and I bet they all will tell you that they have a huge chunk of clients that are in 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade. I can remember periods of time when all my clients fit into that category. Coincidence? Unfortunately, no. It’s the Matthew Effect….

Holidays with a Disabled Child | 10 Tips for a Stress Free Season

Holidays with a Disabled Child | 10 Tips for a Stress Free Season

Holidays with a Disabled Child “My heart just hurt for him last year when you wouldn’t meet us at Red Lobster for his big 75th birthday.” That was from my stepmother. A few weeks ago, my dad turned 76. We did the very Pennsylvania thing and went to Shady Maple for his birthday. But, of…

6 Common Medications that are Poisonous for Pets | What to Do

6 Common Medications that are Poisonous for Pets | What to Do

When Your Pet Eats Human Medicine My son takes several medications every day. We have a new dog in our house. He’s a border collie mix, so he’s quite agile and smart. And, a counter surfer. I crate him when I am preparing Kevin’s medications or feedings. Most parents know to keep medications out of…

8 Christmas Social Stories for Kids | Autism | Santa

8 Christmas Social Stories for Kids | Autism | Santa

Christmas Social Story This list of Christmas Social Stories was compiled by popular request. Every year, I dig up this post and go over a couple of them with my autistic son. Social stories about Christmas are so important. There are many free social stories here on this site. Think about some holiday traditions from…

How to Have a Waste Free Christmas | Zero Waste Gifts | Tree | 2021

How to Have a Waste Free Christmas | Zero Waste Gifts | Tree | 2021

Zero Waste Christmas Ideas I’m sad that we’re not going to see some family members this Christmas. But I have to admit, I’m a little excited at being able to break some bad habits. Some parts of our family exchange a lot of gifts…and so much of it gets tossed before January 1. I haven’t…

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Autism | Disabled | Wheelchair | Hospital | Service Dog

25 Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Autism | Disabled | Wheelchair | Hospital | Service Dog

Wheelchair and Hospital Elf Ideas I’ll admit, when Elf first came out, I loved him. Then I hated him. Well, not him, but I hated how competitive it was on social media. Seemed like every mom was trying to outdo all her friends with crazy Elf ideas. Now we’re back to loving our Elf on…

50 Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Easy | No Props | 2021

50 Last Minute Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Easy | No Props | 2021

Last Minute Elf Ideas My recent last minute elf on the shelf idea was also one of my best-ever elf on the shelf ideas. The other morning, when I walked out into our kitchen, my 7-year-old exclaimed, “Mom! Elf is playing Xbox! I bet they’re playing NBA2K.” It was one of the simplest yet most…

5 Social Stories for Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Social Skills

5 Social Stories for Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Social Skills

Social Stories for Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is almost here! For most of the world, families anticipate and look forward to this time with happiness. Some of us with special needs, maybe not. It can be challenging, to say the least. Sometimes I think that I could use printable social stories for Thanksgiving to help me prepare….

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