Welcome to the February article links and resources. These are articles that I tweeted during the month of February on special needs and developmental disability topics. I tweet articles and links everyday.
Meditation is said to have been around for over 5,000 years. Meditation serves the purpose of caring for the mind, body and spirit. It is the experience of relaxing the body, quieting the mind and awakening the spirit.
Find a comfortable place to sit.
Slowly close your eyes.
Take a deep breath
Focus on the sensation of the air moving in and out of your lungs
The following are great video’s on meditation by the Honest Guys. This site includes video’s that are guided. If you prefer meditation in silence, they also have great video’s with different types of background sounds:
In life, especially when facing challenges in life, it is so easy to focus on the negative aspect of life. I do believe that we are all living magnets that what we think, we become. Leading to the thoughts that become our reality. When we express gratitude, we are acknowledging all the good that has come into our lives. It also prevents us from worrying about a future that may not happen by being in the moment, we have a chance to appreciate all that is good which in turn will attract more positive thing in our lives.
Benefits of expressing gratitude:
Helps to put problems into perspective
It reduces stress levels
It makes us happier
It strengthens our emotions
It puts us in a place of now
It improves sleep patterns
Steps to practicing gratitude:
Pay attention to the little things in life that you appreciate
Write down the things you are grateful for daily in a journal
Start your day by being thankful for all the blessings in your life
Be thankful for all the lessons that you have received
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”- William Arthur Ward
The term “transition services” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:
Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with the disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation
Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interest.
Includes instruction , related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluations.
What is the Transition Process?
The transition process is designed to help students with disabilities move smoothly from school to adult life.
National Association of Special Education Teachers– Great webpage on a variety of topics relating to transition planning including, overview of transition services, types of services covered, recordkeeping, employment planning, travel training, assistive technology and residential placement options.
Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system.
short attention span
feeding problems during infancy
sensitivity to heat
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.
English pediatrician, Dr. Harry Angleman first described Angelman syndrome when he observed 3 children who had similar features including unusual happiness, developmental delays and similar facial disorders. He originally called it the “Happy Puppet Syndrome” based in a 17th century Italian painting by Gian Francesco Coroto.
In most cases, a gene located on chromosome 15 is generally missing or damaged, in some cases, the individual may have 2 copies of the paternal chromosome 15.
Benign Rolandic Epilepsy is a type of seizure that affects primary children. It is referred to as “Benign” since most children grow out of it during puberty and “Rolandic” describes the part of the brain where seizures begin.
Other know names:
benign focal epilepsy
benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BCECETS)
benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood (BREC)
benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BECTS)
How Common is Benign Rolandic Epilepsy?
Benign Rolandic Epilepsy (BRE) is considered one of the most common types of epilepsy children will experience. It generally begins between the ages of 3 and 13 and peaks around the age of 7-8 and will stop around the ages of 14-18 (puberty). Children usually do well with this type of seizure although some may experience learning disability including reading, language and drawing.
A feeling of tingling on one side of the mouth which involves the tongue, lips, gums and inner side of cheek.
Generally begins when the child is sleeping or wakes up in the morning characterized by occurring in clusters and long intervals with no seizure activity.
twitching movements on one side of the face.
May make gurgling sounds.
Drooling and the inability to speak.
Day time seizures may be infrequent and typically last less than 2 minutes.
May spread from the rolandric area to the rest of the brain which becomes a tonic-clonic seizures.
Diagnosis are done through an accurate history of the seizures and an electroencephalogram (EEG) test, which picks up seizure activity.
In most cases, children may not take any medication since the seizures end around puberty. May be treated with anti-epileptic drugs including:
How professionals can help
Recognize the signs of seizures
Teachers should be aware that a child may often feel tired and sleepy afterwards for hours
There may be learning difficulties and behavior problems
“The Quieter You Become, The More You Can Hear.”- Ram Dass
It is so easy to wake up I the morning and think about all of the things that you must do even before the day gets started. When we first wake up in the morning with so much chatter going on inside of our heads, we often cause additional stress to mind, spirit and body.
I’ll admit it this challenge is indeed a challenge, I use to go to bed running through the to-do list in my head and wake up running to make it happen. I have learned over the years that allowing yourself to wake up calm and peaceful for a few moments has some advantages including, calming your mind and relaxing your body not to mention that you will develop a deeper sense of peace and direction which will determine the type of day that you will have.
When silence becomes part of your morning ritual, you will develop the ability to focus better and to allow your creativity to seep in.
There are three ways to wake up in experience silence:
When you first begin this exercise, it will be a little bit challenging, It is very difficult to just to sit in silence and not think about what the day will bring or what happened the day before. Below you will find some great resources on breathing exercise and meditation. Prayers are also useful and calming.