Published by: Someone’s Mum Blog
CDKL5 is a neurodevelopmental disorder that includes signs of early-onset epilepsy. In fact 90% of children diagnosed with CDKL5 disorder are more likely to develop epilepsy. CDKL5 is derived from a gene and one of the most common causes of genetic epilepsy. Children diagnosed with CDKL5 also face many other developmental challenges as well.
It is a neurodevelopment disease caused by the CDKL5 gene.
It impacts cognitive, motor, speech and visual function
It affects 1 in 40,000-60,000 children each year.
CDKL5 was previously called STK9
The disorder mainly affects females
The cause of CDKL5 deficiency disorder is unknown
Signs of CDKL5 deficiency includes epileptic seizures
Starting within hours of birth to 2 years of life, some children often go for 24 hours or more without sleeping.
Signs and Symptoms of CDKL5
- Early onset of epilepsy
- Impaired gross motor skills
- Impaired fine motor skills
- Global developmental delays and intellectual disabilities
- Swallowing and feeding difficulties
- Language and communication issues
The following are teaching strategies that can used when teaching children with the CDKL5 disorder:
- Provide frequent breaks
- Use assistive technology
- Provide extra time
- Repeat directions
- Use concrete items when possible
- Break task into smaller steps
- Teach in sequence
- Use a multisensory approach
- Use hand-on material
Children's Hospital.org Genetic Home Reference International Foundation for CDKL5 Research Rare Diseases.org
Dysfunctional sensory system is a common Symptom of Autism as well as other developmental disabilities. In this, sometimes one or more senses can either be hypo or hyper sensitive to stimulation and can lead to behaviors like rocking, spinning, and hand- flapping, irritability and hyperactivity.
There are three basic senses that are critical for our survival- tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive. Sensory Integration techniques or therapies of these senses can facilitate attention and awareness, and reduce overall arousal.
In this article, each of these sensory systems will be covered. There also will be a Do-it-yourself (DIY) activity mentioned to overcome dysfunction and improve functioning of these sensory systems. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Published by: Speaking of Autism
I want you to imagine that you are a kid once again, maybe ten or eleven years old. You are sitting down in the evening with your family for dinner. The table is set, and your parents bring out what will be tonight’s entree: a cut of cold, raw chicken breast. It’s slimy pink mass slides onto the plate in front of you, and soon after your whole family is chowing down on the raw cuts of meat. You can’t stand to even watch anyone else eat the raw chicken, let alone fathom yourself choking it down. Yet, despite the very real disgust and aversion you feel towards the raw chicken breast, somehow it’s you who are strange for not wanting to eat it. Maybe you’re called “picky” or told that you simply need to and just learn to enjoy raw chicken like everyone else. Maybe you go hungry every night at dinner because the only thing being served are items as aversive as the cuts of raw chicken. Click here to read the rest of the story.
June 14th is the designated day to celebrate the American flag. The purpose of Flag Day is to reflect on the foundations of the Nation’s freedom. The following activities can be used to improve fine motor skills for both children and adults with disabilities. From cutting to coloring , the activities also use a multi-sensory approach to learning.
Arts and Crafts
DLTK Flag Day– Flag day crafts including coloring pages and tracing.
Education World– Flag day lesson plan activities
Enchanted Learning– Allows you to click on any of the crafts to get to the instructions.
Flag Day Crafts– Includes creating a togetherness flag, star cookie cutter and a craft stick American Flag
No Time for Flash Cards- Create an American flag sticky window collage
Flag Day Inspired Recipes
Food Network– 6 Star spangled red, white, and blue recipes made for flag day.
Saralee Bread- Flag day food art recipe
Taste of Home- Top 12 flag-shaped recipes
Tasty Kitchen– Recipe for cakes and cupcakes in the shape of the American flag.
Flag Day Coloring