Author: Meikele Lee
Illustrator: Rebecca Robertson
Did you know that according to the Feeding Tube Awareness Foundation, there are over 300 conditions that require children to receive a nutritional support through tube-feeding which is expected to continue to rise? The decision to use a feeding tube can be frightening for parents, children and siblings alike. Meikele Lee, author, mom and pediatric feeding disorder advocate, wrote this book through the eyes of 2-year-old Nico who takes the reader through his own journey of using a G-tube describes the meaning of NPO (nothing by mouth) and his MIC-KEY. A MIC-KEY button is used to conceal the tube as well as decrease the risk of snagging and removing the G-Tube. Nico explains his day of using a feeding bag. I enjoyed reading this book. The book does a great job in describing the purpose of a g-tube and would be an appropriate book for children new to using a feeding tube, family members including siblings, extended family member and teachers interested in expanding disability educational programs in the school.
Before Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month ends, I wanted to post links to free training modules on asthma and allergy. Below you will find a few that are all self-study which you can review on your own time. I included one for teachers and parents that focus on created a lesson plan for children which would be great for child with and without asthma and allergy issues.
Asthma and Nutrition Training Module– Developed by the University of Florida Pediatric Pulmonary Center, this course provides participants information on asthma and nutrition that may be used in assessing and counseling clients. This is a self-study module in a PowerPoint format with audio capture.
Asthma on Wheels Teacher Training Module– Created through the Mecklenburg County Health Department Asthma Education Program. This teacher training module provides a lesson plan to students with discussions of asthma and learning activities and list ways to educate students about asthma being a controllable condition in which students can live actively healthy lives.
Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals– A free online course presented by Cross County University. This course focuses on information on assessment and monitoring, control of environmental factors, medicine management and patient education.
Food Allergy School Staff Training Module– A 30 minute module is designed to assist the school nurse in staff training and increase food allergy awareness for all staff including teachers, administration, aides, specialist and coaches.
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be holding its 141st annual meeting on June 26thru June 29th in Hartford, Connecticut. The theme for the conference is “Promoting Health and Wellness.”
Registration fees are the following:
Early Bird before or on June 1st
Regular Beginning June 2nd
Member General Registration*
Non Member General Registration
Full Time Student Registration
Member One-Day Registration
Non Member One-Day Registration
Pre and Post Conference Sessions**
*The general registration fee entitles you to attend all AAIDD Annual Meeting sessions and events held on Tuesday, 6/27 and Wednesday, 6/28. ** Pre and Post conference sessions are 3 hours sessions held on Monday, 6/26 and Thursday, 6/29 and are optional.
AAIDD Corporate Members- If your organization is a Corporate member, you’ll get 20% discount on registration fees for employees at AAIDD annual meetings.
Sibling Leadership Network Conference
AAIDD is pleased to host the national meeting of our partner organization on June 24-25, 2017 in Hartford. You’ll be able to register for this meeting through the AAIDD registration link as well.
Source: The Spectrum News
Author: Shannon Des Roches Rosa
I take a deep breath before reading any article, popular or scientific, about autism. I steel myself because most of these stories paint people like my curly-haired, autistic teenage son as burdens to their families — as changelings or enigmas. I love my son Leo fiercely and consider him none of those things, so these stories hurt. My adult autistic friends are even more pained than I am by these puzzlingly negative portrayals. Click here to read the rest of the story