Teaching children at home during a pandemic can add to an already long list of things to do

Published by: Journal Pioneer
Written by: David Wong

I am having a tough time in the last few weeks, being stuck at home with our two children because of the pandemic. Don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly; but it is hard to deal with them all day, doing home-schooling and keeping up with my work.

Our younger son is in Grade 2; his teachers have suggested he needs to see his doctor. He has been very disruptive in class since Grade 1, but I thought the teachers were inexperienced and couldn’t handle his hyperactivity. Now I can see how frustrating it is to teach him. He is bright, but he can’t pay attention and gets distracted by anything around him.

Our 10-year-old daughter is very argumentative, and she knows how to push her brother’s buttons. They are constantly fighting. When I talked to my mom, she reminded me that my brother and I were the same growing up. Both of us were diagnosed with ADHD. Apparently, I took medicine for a short time and lost weight, so my parents stopped it.

School was a huge struggle for me. My older brother was worse and took medicine until he was a teenager. He is now addicted to drugs and alcohol. My parents blamed the medicine for his addiction. Is there anything that I can do to help our children other than medicine? Click here to read the rest of the story


Summer Sensory Activities

June 20th mark the first day of summer. In many places with Covid-19 still looming around, summer fun may be limited but still there is always an opportunity to create sensory activities. the following links below are some suggestions. Some of the links show ways to create sensory bins using different themes. Enjoy and stay safe.

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Woman is the first person with Down syndrome to graduate from Rowan University

Published by: The Denver Channel
Written by: Kyle Hicks

Anna Rose Rubright is blazing trails for countless others.

The 24-year-old woman has become the first person with Down syndrome to graduate from New Jersey’s Rowan University.

Rubright received her bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film earlier this month, achieving her lifelong goal of graduating from a four-year college.

It wasn’t an easy road though. After graduating high school in 2014, Rubright first earned an associate’s degree from a community college in 2017 and then transferred to Rowan. Click here to read the rest of the story.

Mom, Being Separated From Sons With Autism Is Tough During Pandemic

Published by: WABE
Written by: Susanna Capelouto

Judith Steuber of Kennesaw has two sons with autism who live in separate local group homes. They’re in their 30s.

Christopher, the older one, has significant autism. He can read some words and has an aversion to numbers of any kind, Judith said.

“If you ask him how old he is, he’ll say 5, although he is 35, and he’s been saying he’s 5 ever since he’s was 5,” she said.

But Christopher is able to understand what germs are and seems to adjust to the changes the coronavirus pandemic has brought to his routine.

Jeremy, her younger son, has more severe autism, is almost nonverbal and has a hard time with the new norm of living in a pandemic.

Before COVID-19 forced people to “shelter in place,” Judith was able to take her sons home on the weekends.

“But since the pandemic, of course, we’ve not been able to pick them up,” she said.

Jeremy is unable to comprehend what is going on. Click here to read the rest of the story

Autism center uses modified face mask to better serve kids

Published by: WISH.TV
Written by: Katiera Winfrey

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — Wearing a face mask can create some challenges for people who rely on facial expressions to better communicate. Cornerstone Autism Center is modifying their masks in order to help children with autism.

For many of the kids, they wouldn’t be able to get the quality service if the staff wore a traditional face mask. But with a specialized mask with a clear plastic covering around the mouth, they are able to do it.

Kids who attend Cornerstone Autism Center are full of energy and smiles. The only difference is some need to see the hands and faces of others to communicate.

“American Sign Language is made up of head movements and facial expressions that really make up the linguistics structure of American Sign Language. When our faces are blocked it can completely change the meaning of a sign,” said Stephanie Dille-Huggins. Click here to read the rest of the story.