November Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the November article Links. These are articles that I have tweeted during the month of November. I tweet articles and links everyday. Please make sure you follow me and I will follow you back!

  1. How to get your child to be more social or interactive with other children-teach2talk
  2. Tips on how to improve the health and happiness of our children on the spectrum-Autism Parenting Magazine
  3. Children who lose autism label subject of new research- Education Week
  4. Party planning and sensory processing disorder-Sensory Seeker
  5. Early childhood inclusive tips-Brooks Publishing Company
  6. Sensory play for children with cerebral palsy- Cerebral Palsy Blog
  7. Divorce rate doesn’t go up as families of children with disabilities grow- University of Wisconsin-Madison News
  8. Cooking with a child with cerebral palsy-Cerebral Palsy Blog
  9. Teaching children with ADD/ADHD-Teacher Vision
  10. 12 things I’ve learned growing up with autism-Kerry Magro
  11. 7 critical areas for arranging your special education classroom-Global Educator Institute
  12. Sesame Street shows how autism should be portrayed- Star-Telegram
  13. 10 ways to improve inclusion at lunch, recess and afterschool- Brooks Publishing Company
  14. Innovative design allows kids with cerebral palsy to enjoy the stoke of surfing– The Inertia
  15. The best mobile apps for sensory impairments- Think Inclusive
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Thanksgiving and Mealtime Precautions

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Thanksgiving is the day set aside in the United States and Canada as a day of pausing to reflect all that we are thankful for by connecting with friends and family over good food. It is also the day of taking special precautions when serving people with developmental disabilities.

Aspiration is a huge risk during the holiday season. Factors that place people at risk for aspiration includes the following:

  • Being fed by someone else
  • Poor chewing or swallowing skills
  • Weak or absent coughing/gagging reflexes which is common in people with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy
  • Eating to quickly
  • Inappropriate fluid consistency
  • Inappropriate food texture

For children and adults with autism, Thanksgiving may be a challenge for a variety of reasons:

  • Sensory and emotional overload with large groups
  • Picky eaters
  • Difficulty with various textures of food

To help you mange Thanksgiving with ease, click on the articles below:

8 tips for managing Thanksgiving with children with autism

Autism and Thanksgiving: How to cope with the feasting and hubbub

Feeding kids with sensory processing disorders

Preparing for Thanksgiving on the autism spectrum

Swallowing problems? What to do about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner ideas for speech therapy activities

Tips for Navigating Thanksgiving on the Spectrum

 

 

37 Helpful Epilepsy Resources

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November is Epilepsy Awareness Month!

Epilepsy Facts

  • It is the 3rd most common neurological disorder in the United States
  • 2.7 million Americans have epilepsy
  • 468,000 are children 0-17
  • 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide
  • 1 in 26 people have epilepsy in their lifetime
  • 200,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with epilepsy this year

The following links include information on symptoms, causes, complications, definition, types of seizures, and treatment:

Medical

Boston Children’s Hospital- Epilepsy Center
Cleveland Clinic-Epilepsy Center
e-medicine health
Everyday Health
FamilyDoctor.org
Healthline
Kids Health
Live Science
Mayo Clinic
Medline Plus
Neuroscience for Kids
WebMD
World Heath Organization (WHO)

Organizations and Foundations

 American Epilepsy Society

Promotes research and education for professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy.

 Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

Cure’s mission is to cure epilepsy, transforming and saving millions of lives. Also identifies and funds research.

 Dravet Syndrome Foundation

Raises funds for research and increase awareness and provides support to individuals and families.

 Epilepsy Canada

Mission is to enhance the quality of life for persons affected by epilepsy through promotion and support of research and facilitation of education and awareness.

Image result for epilepsy foundation Epilepsy Foundation

National Voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of more than 2 million people with epilepsy in the United States and their families.

A charity funding research into epilepsy, provides information about the condition and therapies, and their activities.
 Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartomas

A volunteer-based organization. The goal is to create information about the diagnosis, treatment, and support of individuals with HH.

 Intractable Childhood Epilepsy Alliance

Dedicated to improving lives of children affected by intractable epilepsy through evidence-based information and advocacy.

 Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Foundation

Non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome through research, programs and education.

  National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Strives to make high quality care available and affordable for epilepsy patients

Twitter -Keep up with the latest twitter feed or follow organizations that provide current information on epilepsy:

EPIC Long Island– Our very own non-profit organization of the month. Provides services for individuals with epilepsy and other disorders
Epilepsy Action– Leading member-led epilepsy charity providing information for people with epilepsy
Epilepsy Awareness– provides epilepsy training services to help raise standards and promote best practices.
My Epilepsy Team– Social network for people living with Epilepsy
Young Epilepsy– National charity working exclusively with children and young people in the UK

YouTube Video’s

Books on Epilepsy

Epilepsy: A patient and family guide

Epilepsy in Children: What every parent needs to know

Epilepsy 101: The ultimate guide for patients and families

Living well with epilepsy and other seizure disorders

Mommy, I feel funny! A child’s experience with epilepsy

 

 

 

 

Non-Profit of the Month

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited

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What they do

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited is a non-profit organization that began as a vehicle to advocate for ongoing adult programs for children with autism who had aged out of special education services. The organization’s mission is the promotion and attainment of independence, inclusion, individuality and productivity for adults and children with autism.

How they do it.

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited services includes:

  • Day Habilitation
  • Medicaid Service Coordination
  • Supported Employment
  • Pre-vocational Support
  • Recreation
  • Residential

Learn More

Contact Special Citizens Futures Unlimited at: www.specialcitizens.org

 

Call For Papers- American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS)

Ever thought about taking your career to the next level? well here is your chance. The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) will be holding its 19th annual conference in Las Vegas, NV next year. Deadline for proposal submission is November 19, 2015. All presented papers are eligible for submission to the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences. (JBSS) For further information, click the link here

October- Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the September Article Links. These are articles that I have tweeted during the month of September. I tweet articles and links everyday. Please make sure you follow me and I will follow you back!
  1. 30 Pieces of advice for employers working with people with autism- The Mighty
  2. 10 Things to never say to a person with a sensory processing disorder-Lemon Lime Adventures
  3. How to recognize sensory issues in your child- Integrated Learning Strategies
  4. It’s time we dispelled these myths about autism-BBC
  5. Before autism had a name- The Atlantic
  6. IEP Transition Planning: Preparing for young adulthood- Understood
  7. Supermodel Emily Prior hopes to inspire people with disabilities- The Advertiser
  8. The biggest myths about girls with ADHD-Psych Central
  9. What not to say to a child with ADHD- Brain Balance
  10. Autism spectrum disorder and the criminal justice system-RN
  11. Wide Awake: why children with autism struggle with sleep- Spectrum
  12. Why it’s so difficult to diagnose autism in girls-Slate
  13. Why recognizing dyslexia in children at school can be difficult- Mind Shift
  14. 10 facts you should know about autism- Seattle Organic Restaurants
  15. Young adults on the spectrum learn ins and outs of socialization- Disability Scoop