Sickle Cell Anemia and Special Needs Children

Years ago, I had the privilege of having a young lady in my classroom who had the diagnoses of cerebral palsy and the sickle cell disease, although I had worked many years with people with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, it would be the first time that I taught someone with an additional chronic illness. Her good days were good, but the bad days were oh so bad. When she was in crisis, she would endure pain in the joints that would last for days.

Cells take on the shape of a sickle which makes it difficult for the red blood cells to flow through the blood vessels thus causing pain in the bones, chest and abdominal.

In recognizing September as National Sickle Cell  Anemia Awareness Month, I have create links that include additional information on the disease.

Sickle Cell  Anemia Medical Sites

These sites include information on  who is at risk, causes, signs and symptoms, diagnoses and treatment.

Kids Health
Mayo Clinic
Medicine Net
NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)


Data and Statistics- includes national statistics, data, and prevalence.

CDC (Center for Disease Control)
Virginia Department of Health



Making Sickle Cell Disease a Manageable Illness (New York Times)
Sickle Cell Disease in Africa (National Health Institute)


Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.
Foundation for Sickle Cell Research
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

For Teachers

Supporting a student with Sickle Cell Anemia


YouTube Video’s on Sickle Cell Anemia






Yoga and Children with Developmental Disabilities

Did you know that September is National Yoga Month?

Well, in celebrating This month, I have added links and resources on topics relating to yoga and special needs children and adults. I have included links on the benefits of yoga for children with special needs, some really great YouTube video’s, They really help if you are a visual person like myself andlinks to books on the topic.

Benefits of Yoga
The following are links to articles on the benefits of yoga for children with special needs

Yoga generates huge benefits for children with autism

7 benefits of yoga for children with autism

Yoga may help benefit children with autism

Creating inner peace: The benefits of yoga for children with autism spectrum disorder

Yoga provides relaxation benefits to children with autism

Yoga may improve behavior in kids with autism

Beyond breathing- The benefits of yoga on children with ASD

Books on Yoga and Special Needs Children
  1. Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs

2. Asanas for Autism and Special Needs

3.Yoga for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

4. Yoga for the Special Child

5. Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child

6. Ayurveda and Yoga for Asperger’s, Non-Verbal, Learning Disorder

and High- Functioning Autism

YouTube Videos on Yoga for Special Needs Children

YouTube Videos on Yoga and Children with Cerebral Palsy



American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Call for Papers

aabs call for papers

19th Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference 

February 1–2, 2016

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for potential presentation at this year’s AABSS conference from a broad range of topics related to the social and behavioral sciences.  Strands may include empirical or theoretical scholarship as well as research methodology evaluation, meta-analyses, critical literature reviews, and topics related to applied practice that are grounded in scholarship.  Where possible, topics will be grouped together for presentation within similar tracks.

Submit a proposal that includes a title, an abstract of not more than 150 words, and a summary that does not exceed more than 600 words.  If the proposal is accepted for presentation, then the title and abstract will be included in the conference program.

Proposal Submission Deadline is November 19, 2015.

For additional information, please click on this link

2015 AUCD Annual Conference

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Deadline: October 30

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference! We welcome network members, non-network organizational partners, experts from all across the disability field, individuals with disabilities, family members, and fellows to learn and grow together during this exciting event. Whether you’re a newcomer to the field or a seasoned professional, the AUCD Conference provides countless opportunities to share with and learn from colleagues and peers. AUCD2015 will feature three fantastic plenaries from high-level leaders, over 225 concurrent and poster presentations covering a broad spectrum of disability topics as well as innovative research, programming, and advocacy efforts.

Registration is currently open for the AUCD Conference and the following affiliated events:

AUCD2015 Conference and pre-conference membership meetings

This event is open to the public except where noted. Full conference registration for public/Center staff is $490; for trainees/advocates/family members is $290. Daily registration for Monday or Tuesday for public/Center staff is $260; for trainees/advocates/family members is $180. Sunday and Wednesday are free. Deadline to register: October 30. Deadline to cancel for partial refund:

For more information, pleas visit the website

Developmental Disability Organization of the Month

United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut is Developmental Disability Organization of the Month!

Each month, a new feature of the Special Needs Resource Blog is to highlight a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with various developmental disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut


United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Eastern Connecticut was founded in 1947 by a dedicated group of local who were committed to develop supports and programs for their children with cerebral palsy. These parents brought awareness of the supports and services needed and hope for a better future with individuals with disabilities. Today we serve people with ALL disabilities through a wide range of supports.The services and programs continue to change and evolve to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.


To find ways to support UCP of Connecticut or additional information, please visit at: UCP of Eastern Connecticut

Happy 1 Year Blog Anniversary!

one year anniversay


Wow! Time really does fly. It is so hard to believe that it has been one year since I began this blog. Well officially On September 25th, but why not start the celebration early right? During the past year, I have written 102 articles which averages to about 2 a week. Not too bad huh?

I started this blog as a way of giving back to a career which has given me so much joy.. Helping people disabilities, families, professionals and organizations. Working as both a speaker and a trainer in the developmental disability field I have collected loads of information pertaining to special education, special needs, and developmental disability topics and felt the time was right to share. My other purpose in creating Special Needs Resource Blog was realizing that most blogs and social media sites were created mainly from parents and special education teachers. It truly saddens me that in the year 2015, parents are still struggling to locate services and information on their own.

My other passion and joy is learning and sharing information with others. My vision for upcoming year to continue to share resources, expand and gather additional information. In the upcoming year, I will have a page for free items including templates that can be duplicated.

In celebrating Special resources 1 year anniversary, I am raffling off a few items. All are welcome to participate.


Autism Car Magnet

Autism Earrings

Autism Earrings

Autism Lanyard

Autism Lanyard


  1. Contest is open to both international and domestic visitors
  2. Contest is open from September 11th to September 25th
  3. I only request that you follow me. You can follow my Twitter, Google+, Facebook Like or this blog.
  4. winner must have a valid email address. Failure to respond within 72 hours will result in a new winner being chosen.

Thanks again for all of your support and feel free to contact me.