How and Why to Build Social Capital for your Disabled Child.

How and Why to Build Social Capital for your Disabled Child.

Social Capital Social capital and your disabled child is a buzzword that you need to get on your radar. For many reasons, people with disabilities are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to social capital. Communication issues, environmental issues, and aversions, stigmas, and stereotypes, lack of accessibility,  lack of transportation. I could go on…

{Autism Safety} Products, Kits and Tips to Keep Your Child Safe.

{Autism Safety} Products, Kits and Tips to Keep Your Child Safe.

Autism Safety I want my son to increase his fine motor skills. I do not, however, want him to be able to unbuckle a seatbelt. When your disabled child acquires a new skill, sometimes it is a mixed blessing. Particularly if that new skill puts them in danger. They now have the fine motor skills…

Neuropsych Evals and Your IEP | Do you need it? | How to get one.

Neuropsych Evals and Your IEP | Do you need it? | How to get one.

Neuropsych Evaluations If your child has an IEP, and you’ve been immersed in the world of special education, at some point you have probably heard parents talk about “a neuropsych.” In fact, I was on a conference call a few weeks ago about IEPs for a specific genetic condition, and one of the people on…

20 Best Books about Resilience for Kids and Teens

20 Best Books about Resilience for Kids and Teens

Resilience Books “It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.” Bram Stoker, Dracula It’s a great quote about resilience, isn’t it? Unfortunately, too many kids…

{Insurance Appeals} How I forced Aetna to pay for my son’s brain surgery.

{Insurance Appeals} How I forced Aetna to pay for my son’s brain surgery.

Insurance Appeals “I just know you’re going to do a blog post about this!” my friend Lisa told me. Yes, I knew I would. After all, any time I learn something that benefitted my child and could potentially help other children, I want to share the information. Particularly when it comes to navigating a difficult…

Fact or Fiction? The Myth That We Have Specific Learning Styles, Debunked.

Fact or Fiction? The Myth That We Have Specific Learning Styles, Debunked.

Learning Styles The following article on learning styles is written by Dr. Rachel L Schechter, HMH’s Vice President of Learning Sciences. Have you ever tried explaining a new concept to someone, and the person you’re speaking to suddenly replies, “Well, I’m a visual learner!” as an explanation of why they aren’t understanding? That puts you…

Can Disabled People Vote? | Disability Voting and Election Resources

Can Disabled People Vote? | Disability Voting and Election Resources

Voting Resources for Disability One great thing that came out of the 2016 election is that more citizens are engaged in the political process. We’re making great progress as a disability voting bloc. However, not all candidates are getting the message. It is being said that some elections have been lost because of a failure…

{Enterovirus} What Parents Need to Know About Types, Symptoms, and Treatment.

{Enterovirus} What Parents Need to Know About Types, Symptoms, and Treatment.

Enterovirus Author’s note: I am updating and publishing this four-year-old post. There are different types of Enterovirus, and parents need to know what to look out for. A type of enterovirus is being suspected in the polio-like cases in western PA and the Midwest. If you have a medically complex or medically fragile child (like…

{Philadelphia Mummers Parade} 3 Stories you won’t See on TV.

{Philadelphia Mummers Parade} 3 Stories you won’t See on TV.

Philadelphia Mummers If you live in Philadelphia, you know what a Mummer is. But if you’re not from around here, you are probably wondering, “what the heck is a Mummer?” I’ll get to that in a minute. I was approached locally to share some of the information about the new Mummers parade route. My response…