Today is the last day to recognize Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
You can download a free printed copy of the Down syndrome fact sheet, providing information on the types, prevalence, definition, signs and symptoms, and teaching strategies. Further information includes a list of Down syndrome organizations and foundations.
Click here to download
Published by: Irish Mirror
Written by; Marguerite Kiely
The Covid-19 crisis has brought uncertainty into all our lives, with our day-to-day routine severely disrupted.
The autistic community, however, is particularly vulnerable to the huge change, as the loss of structure from their lives can be a source of enormous anxiety and distress.Adam Harris, founder and CEO of AsIAm, has revealed the issues autistic people face at this difficult time and what their parents can do to help.
He explained: “What we have seen over the last few weeks is the complete removal of routine. That’s a real challenge and there is a need to create a new structure as a result.
“For many autistic people going places may be a very important part of their routine. Maybe they go to a certain cafe on a particular day of the week or like to walk in the park every evening.
“All of those opportunities are being removed and it doesn’t just cause upset, it removes the certainty and predictability for the person.” Click here to read the rest of the story.
Hi Everyone, Like most people in the world, the COVID-19 Virus has greatly impacted my own little universe. Living in the epicenter of the virus at last count, almost 4,000 people in my county have tested positive. I too seek ways to live a normal life in these trying times. Its been very challenging to continue to write articles on special needs with so much is going on in the world.
Looking to see how I can help others during this time, I created COVID-19 virus page which I will continue to add more information as we learn more. I advise you to stay tune to both local news and get regular updates from the CDC as they update on a regular basis. If you are a reader from another County, please check on updates from your government on a regular basis.
Please all stay safe during these trying times, continue to help one another and we will come out from this better and stronger.
Articles on what you need to know about the COVID-19 Virus:
RWJ Barnabas Health
UNICEF- What parents should know
Cases in the United States
Community and Faith Based Leaders
How to prepare
Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
The following are free social stories on Teachers Pay Teachers Must have a log on account):
COVID-19 No Print Social Story
COVID 19 and Social distancing Story
COVID 19 Social Narrative
Social Narrative for Autism
The following links and information comes from the U.S. Education Department. Check for updated information:
- Broad flexibilities provided to states to bypass ESSA mandated testing for the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19 national emergency. States education leaders can find the waiver application here. (March 20, 2020)
- Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students [PDF, 385KB] (March 16, 2020)
- OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility Webinar (Length: 00:07:08) (March 16, 2020)
- CDC guidance on Considerations for School Closures (March 13, 2020)
- Protecting Student Privacy: FERPA and the Coronavirus (March 12, 2020)
- Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak (March 12, 2020)
- Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (March 12, 2020)
- CDC Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs: Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (updated March 12, 2020)
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- The Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center website, https://rems.ed.gov/Resources_Hazards_Threats_Biological_Hazards.aspx, has useful information, resources, trainings, and tools for addressing infectious diseases, related topics, and protecting the school community.
- The USDA released new information on flexibilities that will allow students to access meal service during school closures.
- The Office for Civil Rights issued a Letter to Education Leaders on Preventing and Addressing potential discrimination associated with COVID-19.
- Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations: Interim Recommendations for US Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease
Additional Resources for Higher Education Institutions:
Schools should continue promoting everyday disease prevention strategies:
- If you are sick, stay home from school.
- Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Consult this web page for further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
Schools can share relevant CDC fact sheets to help students, families, and staff understand COVID-19 along with steps they can take to protect themselves:
COVID-19 and Special Needs
Best practices in using telemedicine for ADHD during the COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus and Anxiety
How to help a child with autism adjust
Supporting families through COVID-19
CDC- Handwashing Training and Education-Includes lessons and activities for all ages including a 30-page PDF and age appropriate handwashing curriculum.
Free Printables– Activities from nourishinteractive.com, includes handwashing worksheets, lesson plans and a math sequencing worksheet that teaches the important steps to good handwashing techniques.
Kids Handwashing Coloring Page– Developed by Lancaster County Health Department including 2 coloring pages and instructions on how to wash your hands properly.
Teach-nology- A lesson plan for kids pre-school age which discusses germs and how germs make people sick.
Why We Wash Our Hands– From Florida Health Department for children ages 3-41/2. The lesson educates children on how to prevent common health problems by developing handwashing skills.
The following articles are links to articles specific to handwashing and the COVID-19 virus:
CDC- Handwashing and Prevention
The following are worksheets to keep your little ones busy during this time:
Identify Money Freebie
Free Printable Money WorkSheets
Free Skip Counting by 5″s Worksheet
Published by: ADHD Man of DistrAction
Written by: Kelly Babcock
I’ve had ADHD all my life, I guess. Though, of course, when I was younger it would have been harder to detect, since both childhood and ADHD are afflictions denoted by being not completely developed yet.
The first sad thing about that statement is that it makes people think that we are childish.
The second, but bigger sad thing about that statement is that the childish thing is, though damned insulting, also accurate.
I mean, technically, of course.
Truth of it …
There is a freedom of spirit that comes with ADHD that we enjoy and that others are attracted to. We attract people because we are fun and somewhat exciting to be around.
Life is not dull around us. A person with ADHD can be a vortex of activity, a tornado of plans and schemes and attempts at instant gratification, and impetuous sudden decisions to have fun in yet another way.
All of these things are exactly why children have so much fun. Click here to read the rest of the story
St. Patrick’s Day is finally here!! Did you know that St. Patrick’s day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. One way to celebrate Here are some fun fine motor activities to do with your students. Children and adults with special needs often face challenges with coordination of the small muscles that affect writing, and grasping objects. These activities will help students both strengthen and maintain abilities in fine motor control and dexterity. The following are links to fine motor activities:
Fine Motor Activities
20 St. Patrick’s Day activities for kid’s fine motor and sensory skills– Growing hands on kids
33 St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids that boost fine motor skills– Hands on As We Grow
Charmingly fun St. Patrick’s day fine motor- The Letters of Literacy
St. Patrick’s Day fine motor activities– Pink Oatmeal
St. Patrick Day fine motor activities– Pre K Pages
St. Patrick’s Day fine motor activities– Trillium Montessori
St. Patrick’s Day fine motor activities for kids– Little Bins, Little Hands
St. Patrick’s Day fine motor activities kids will love– STEAMsational
St. Patrick’s Day kids fine motor activities– Mess for Less
Sensory activities serve the purpose of supporting growth in the area of cognitive development and problem-solving. Sensory play focuses on stimulating the senses of touch sight, hearing and movement.
Sensational St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Activities- Letters of Literacy
St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin– Teaching Mama
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin and Activities– Fantastic Fun and Learning
St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Jars– Fun Littles
St. Patrick’s Day sensory play– Fantastic Fun and Learning
St. Patrick’s Day sensory play and craft- No Time For Flashcards
Published by: Philly Voice
Written by: Tracey Romero
Primary care doctors need to more closely monitor the health risks of teenagers with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, particularly in regard to two classic teenage thrills – driving and sex, researchers say.
Children diagnosed with ADHD before age 10 are at increased risk for sexually-transmitted diseases and car accidents, previous research has shown. But a new Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia study found that only 1 in 2 teens with a history of ADHD receives a safe sex talk from their doctor. And far fewer discuss their readiness to drive. “Although doctors do a good job screening for many behavioral health risks, like suicide risk and depression, we need to be more aware of the dangers associated with driving and sexual health,” said Thomas Power, director of CHOP’s Center for Management of ADHD.
“For example, our previous research shows teens with ADHD are more likely to be involved in a car accident particularly in the first month after receiving their driver’s license, so this is definitely an issue that should be discussed with our patients.” Click here to read the rest of the story.
Want to learn more about Cerebral Palsy? The following is a fact sheet that provides information on the facts of cerebral palsy including the definition and the prevalence, signs, types, and causes.
The fact sheet also includes information on teaching strategies and organizational resources.
Download fact sheet here
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It is the most common motor disability in childhood. It is estimated that an average of 1 in 345 children in the U.S. have cerebral palsy
The following are facts and statistics worldwide on cerebral palsy:
- Around 764,000 people in the United states have at least one symptom of cerebral palsy
- Around 10,000 babies are born each year with cerebral palsy
- Boys are diagnosed more often than girls
- Cerebral palsy is the mot commonly diagnosed childhood motor disability in the United States
- Over 77% of children with cerebral palsy have the spastic form
- More than 50% of all children with cerebral palsy can walk independently
- African American children with cerebral palsy are 1.7 times more likely to need assistance with walking or be unable to walk at all
- Around 41% of babies and children with cerebral palsy will have limited abilities in crawling, walking and running.
- Around 41% children with cerebral palsy in the United states have some form of a cognitive disorder
- Behavior problems are common in children with cerebral palsy including social skills and anger issues.
- Seizures are a common associate disorder of cerebral palsy and can range from mild to extreme severe.
- There is no known cure
Australia Facts and Statistics
- 1 in 700 Australian babies is diagnosed each year
- 1 in 2 is in chronic pain
- 1 in 2 has an intellectual disability
- 1 in 3 cannot walk
- 1 in 4 also has epilepsy
- 1 in 3 has hip displacement
- 1 in 4 cannot talk
- 1 in 4 has a behavior disorder
- 1 in 5 is tube fed
- 1 in 5 has a sleep disorder
- 1 in 10 has a severe vision impairment
- 1 in 25 has a severe hearing impairment
United Kingdom- Facts and Statistics
- The current United Kingdom incidence rate is around 1 in 400 births
- Approximately 1800 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year
- There are an estimated 30,000 children with cerebral palsy in the United Kingdom
- For every 100 girls with cerebral palsy, there are 135 boys with cerebral palsy
- just under half of children with cerebral palsy were born prematurely
- One in three children with cerebral palsy is unable to walk
- One in four children with cerebral palsy cannot feed or dress themselves
- one in four children with cerebral palsy has a learning disability
- one in fifty children with cerebral palsy has a hearing impairment
Cerebral Palsy Alliance-Australia
Cerebral Palsy Guidance
The Pace Centre Organization
Published by: Fox News
Written by: Meg Gatto
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The young dancers at the Martha Mayer School of Dance perfect their craft, nailing every step along the way. While the goal is to blend in with the team, there’s one person in the sea of black leotards who stands out because of what she’s had to overcome to get there. 21-year old Tess Landry is an assistant dance instructor at the Martha Mayer School of Dance. She also has down syndrome. “I love to dance so much and it makes me so happy and i just feel something in my heart from it,” said Landry. Tess’ mother, Angel Landry, said that enrolling her at the Martha Mayer School of Dance 18 years ago was a gamble and that they didn’t know if it would even work. Gina Iserman, co-owner of the School of Dance, however, said that Tess is just like everyone else. Click here to read the rest of the story.
Working with individuals- both children and adults diagnosed with self-injurious behaviors can be challenging at the very least. Some examples of self-injurious behaviors include head banging, handbiting, and excessive scratching. There are many reasons why a student or individual may cause self-injurious behaviors including the inability to communicate needs, the environment, sensory issues and physiological issues. The following are articles on identifying cause of self-injury and ways to prevent it.
Autism, head banging and other self-harming behaviors– Autism Parenting
3 techniques to stop self-injurious behavior of children with autism– Steinberg Behavior Solutions
6 Strategies for Addressing Self-Injurious Behaviors– Wonderbaby
Effective evidence-based strategies to minimize self-injurious behaviors in young children with autism- CSUSB Scholarworks
Essential guide to self-injurious behavior and autism– Research Autism
Head banging, self-injury and aggression in autism– Treat Autism
Self-injurious behavior in people with developmental disabilities-crisis prevention.com
Self-injury in patients with intellectual disabilities- Nursing2020
Understanding and treating self-injurious behavior– Autism Research Institute
Understanding self-injury among autistic individuals- Good Therapy
Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior
Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior