Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system, characteristics that include developmental delays, intellectual disability, and speech impairments. Angelman syndrome generally go unnoticed until the age of 1 year. Children typically have a happy demeanor and have a fascination with water
- developmental delay
- intellectual disability
- short attention span
- happy demeanor
- tongue thrusting
- feeding problems during infancy
- sensitivity to heat
- frequent drooling
- attraction to water
Angelman Syndrome is a rare disorder and affects 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 a year. Equally to less than 200,000 case a year. Affects all ethnicities and sexes equally.
Angelman Syndrome-Bridges for Kids
Angelman Syndrome Educational Material
Angelman Syndrome– Ontario Teachers Federation
Angelman Syndrome– National Association of Special Educators
Angelman Syndrome in the Classroom- Puzzle Place
Communication strategies for children with Angelman Syndrome– Cleveland Clinic
Education Resources- Angelman Resources
Some Angelman Tips– Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs
Working with a child who has Angelman Syndrome– St. Cloud State University
Writing instruction for students with Angelman Syndrome– PracticalAAC
This is an introduction to identifying street signs for children and young adults learning how to cross the street safely. The worksheet includes signs needed in teaching street crossing safety.
- Will match the traffic sign correctly
- Will identify the traffic sign correctly
- Will name the traffic sign correctly
Traffic sign worksheet
- Once you have printed the worksheet, cut the individual traffic signs and laminate.
- Explain each traffic sign and have the individual repeat.
- Once the signs are separated, mix them up and have the individual point to the correct ones.
- Have the individual state the traffic signs correctly and match
Traffic Signs Worksheet_ID Signs
Published By: Rainbows Are Too Beautiful
Mornings in our home are a sort of regimented chaos. Three kids who all require some form of supervision, two schools to get to and all their gear. Although my kids may seem old enough to be doing a lot of the morning routine themselves, they have a few challenges
Anthony is 10 with autism and ADHD and although he goes to a mainstream school, he needs a lot more support than his peers to focus on and do things. David is seven, and he attends a specialist autism unit. His communication is extremely limited which can make doing anything challenging. Jane is five years old – she’s just entered Year 1.
In the past year I’ve learned more and more although the responsibility of getting all my kids out of the house and to school lies with me – I don’t have to do everything. And the best way of doing this is to help each of my kids be more independent in their morning routine, helping each where they need it most. Doing this means thinking about ways to help them develop their own skills. Here’s some of the ideas we have used. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Dr. William Dodson, expert on ADHD issues states that it is estimated that those with ADHD receive 20,000 more negative messages by age 12 than those without the condition. This may be due to the characteristics of ADHD including:
- Unable to give close attention to detail or makes careless mistakes
- Struggles to follow-through on instructions
- Avoids or dislikes task requiring sustained mental effort
- Losing things necessary for task or activities
- unorganized and messy.
Children, teens and adults with ADHD more than likely grew up hearing, “you’re lazy and can’t do anything right.” Low self-esteem develops from constant negative feedback believing they are not smart or good enough.
The following articles provide tips, resources and information on ways to build self-confidence in kids with ADHD:
4 small ways to build confidence in kids
5 ways to boost your ADHD child’s confidence
10 strategies for helping kids with ADHD build self confidence
Build self-esteem in your child with ADHD
Childhood ADHD and poor self-esteem
Don’t let ADHD crush children’s self-esteem
How to boost your ADHD child’s self-esteem
How to vanquish a child’s low self-esteem
How to Improve Self Esteem In Kids with ADHD
The importance of self-esteem for kids with learning and attention issues
Published By: Delaware
Written By Dennis Assanis and James Mahoney
Innovation drives the future, and neurodiversity can help drive innovation.
In pursuit of the next great technology, product or enterprise, organizations often lose sight of the fact that innovation starts with people. And the most inventive breakthroughs and outcomes don’t just emerge from anywhere; they evolve from communities of creative thinkers who typify diversity and inclusiveness.
Neurodiversity is the idea that people with autism and other neurological differences are a natural part of the typical range of human mental ability and that, as such, they may need guidance, accommodations and individualized treatments — not cures or one-size-fits-all therapies — to navigate traditional society. As a result, a growing number of schools and workplaces are beginning to embrace this perspective, not only because it’s the right thing to do but because it can translate into a huge benefit for the entire organization on many levels. Click here to read the rest of the story
An Individual Support Plan (ISP) is an ongoing process of establishing goals for individuals and identifies supports and strategies that reflect the person’s strength and abilities and details all of the services and supports needed in order to keep the person in their community. The ISP should reflect an opportunity for the person to live in the least restrictive home setting and to have the opportunity to engage in activities and styles of living which encourage and maintain the integration of the individual in the community through individualized social and physical environments.
Who should be included in the development of the ISP?
- The person receiving services
- family members, caregiver, or designated representative
The ISP Planning Process
The ISP should be developed with participation from the following people:
- The individual
- Members of the individual’s family
- A guardian, if any
- The individual’s Service Coordinator
When is an ISP meeting held?
The meeting is held when it is desired or needed. Some State require meetings every 6 months while others every 2 years, so check with your state regulations.
What is discussed at ISP meetings?
The meeting should focus on 5 areas:
- Review and gathering information including any new changes or discoveries. Has the person’s health status changed?
- The person’s goals and desires
- Review or identify personal value outcomes
- Recent events that may affect the person’s health, safety and goals
- Review and develop next-step strategies and resources
What must the ISP include?
The ISP should include:
- Specific goals
- The supports the individual needs to reach those goals without regard to the availability of those goals.
- Who is responsible for providing those supports
- How often and how much support is needed
- The criteria foe evaluating the effectiveness of the supports
- Team members responsibilities for monitoring the ISP implementation
- The date of the next ISP review.
A survey conducted found that half of parents surveyed have a special needs child who had been bullied during school hours.
Warning Signs of Bullying
- Unexplained injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics or jewelry
- Feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits
- Difficulty sleeping
- Declining grades
- Self-destructive behavior
- Feelings of helplessness
A bullying guide for parents. Developed by the National Autistic Society in the U.K., offers tips and resources for parents.
Council for Exceptional Children. Q&A with Dr. Chad A. Rose on the Interpretation and Information regarding the Department of Education’s Letter Addressing Bullying Among Students with Disabilities
National Bullying Prevention Resources. Offers parents and educators bullying prevention resources including educational toolkits, awareness toolkits, contest ideas and promotional products
stopbullying.gov– A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services. Provides resources on State laws and policies, training information and school bullying prevention tips.
Wrightslaw. A webpage offering information on laws and disability harassment including the legal obligation of the school.
8 ways to help your child with autism stop bullying at school
Bullying: Children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder
Bullying among children and youth with disabilities and special needs
Bullying and students on the autistic spectrum
Signs of bullying in special needs children
How can I protect my autistic child from bullying?
How to deal with bullied children with disabilities
Why autistic kids make easy targets for school bullies
Published By: Autism Parenting magazine
For children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), head banging is a common way to self-soothe and communicate needs. Both neurotypical and autistic babies and toddlers seek to recreate the rhythm that stimulated their vestibular system while in utero. Other rhythmic habits that fuel a child’s kinesthetic drive include head rolling, body rocking, biting, and thumb sucking. According to Dr. Harvey Karp MD, rhythmic habits trigger the calming reflex in infants and toddlers. Many babies begin head banging around six months of age, but neurotypical children usually will not continue the behavior after the age of three. Please click here to read the rest of the story.
For many years, most people with developmental disability had only the option of living at home with family or become institutionalized. Today, people are given many more housing options. Although there is still a challenge in finding the right fit, home opportunities are more available. The following are housing options for adults with special needs.
Living with parents or family
Adults with special needs may choose to live at home with their families as long as they can. In some cases, adults with developmental disabilities continue to live at home after their parent’s death by hiring a Personal care Attendant (PCA). A PCA is hired by a person with a disability to assist with his or her personal care routine. People are eligible for this service is they qualify for Medicaid if they have a severe, chronic disability and requires physical assistance for personal care.
The Section 811 program allows persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community by subsidizing rental housing opportunities which provide access to appropriate supportive services. Serves extremely low-income individuals with serious and long-term disabilities, including physical or developmental disabilities as well as mental illness.
- Is designed to accommodate the special needs of such persons;
- Makes available supportive services that address the individual health, mental health and other needs of such persons; and
- Promotes and facilitates community integration for people with significant and long-term disabilities.”
Residential home which provides 24-hour support services in a group setting. Oversight, training and supervision are provided by staff employed by a provider agency. This type of facility is provided to those with significant health and/or safety needs.
Are limited to 3 or fewer individuals and provide need-based support and services for those living in their own homes or apartments, but do not require 24-hour staff support and supervision.
Assisted living communities,
- also referred to as supported care facilities, provide care to older adults who are unable to live independently, often needing assistance with ADLs. Most offer private and semi-private apartment-style living often containing a living area and kitchenette.