Special Needs Article Resources

The following are helpful articles on a variety of topics from children with disabilities to adults with physical disabilities.


Submitted by: Jennifer McGregor

Explaining special needs to your child: 15 great children’s books– This article provides information on books to help promote understanding and tolerance of children with disabilities. Books include topics on ADHD, autism, visual and physical disabilities and invisible disabilities such as anxieties.

How to Remodel for Accessibility– Includes steps to remodeling your home for wheelchair accessibility

Developing Your Blind Child’s Sleep Schedule– Although this article focuses on the sleep pattern of children who are visually impaired, it is also helpful for children with autism who display an irregular sleeping pattern.

How to Exercise if You Have Limited Mobility– An article that focuses on fitness tips for people with physical disabilities including the three different types of exercises.

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January Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the January links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of January on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

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10 alarm clocks for children with sensory challenges (Friendship Circle)

65+ ways to help students with sensory challenges at school (Mama OT)

ABL Denim creates sensory-friendly jeans for kids with autism (The Mighty)

ADHD: Younger children may be diagnosed (Medical News Today)

Boy with Down syndrome inspires mom to open Fairfield dance studio (Journal News)

Britain’s criminal justice system doesn’t know what to do about autism (Independent)

How to recognize sensory issues in your child (Integrated Learning Strategies)

Oral motor games for children young and old (Special-ism)

Organization and attention challenges related to sensory processing disorder (Sugar Aunts)

New technology aims to give unique voices to people who can’t speak (WHOTV)

The aging of the population with Down syndrome is a positive sign (STATNews)

The best tech jobs for individuals with autism (Forbes)

The truth about autism and sleep (The Huffington Post)

Top autism tips for professionals  (Network Autism)

Understanding the battle of an aggressive autistic child (iTech Post)

November Special Needs Article Links

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Welcome to the November links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of November on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

5 simple but important ways to help include kids with autism

14-Year Old with Asperger’s syndrome makes debut as an author

Activism and Advocacy- The Road from here to now

Autism: Parents face challenges too

Autism is seen as a male thing- but girls just implode emotionally

Children with autism may be over-diagnosed with ADHD: Study

Concussions are more prevalent in teens with ADHD

Dealing with sensory overload during the holidays

Employers are letting down people with autism

Mother and daughter share their struggles with dyslexia

Not letting ADHD get in the way of managing a business

Supreme Court hears service dog case

Utah adolescents with autism get own ‘high school,’ prevocational education

Woman with Down syndrome becomes the first teacher in Latin America

June Monthly Article Links

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Welcome to the June article links and resources. These are articles that I tweeted and received during the month of June on special needs and developmental disability topics.

10 ways to help autistic children and adults  (The Art of Autism)

20 things I have learned since my son was diagnosed with autism (Huffington Post)

Autistic people are not failed versions of “normal.” They are different, not less (Ideas.TED.com)

Benefits of therapy dogs for autistic children (dogville.com)

Differences between tantrums and sensory meltdowns (Understood)

Exercise can help adults better cope with ADHD symptoms (Science Daily)

Girls with ADHD: How it’s missed (ADDitude)

How a dip in a pool can help open up a new world for children with autism (The Journal.ie)

How well does early intervention work for children with autism? (verywell.com)

Man with Cerebral Palsy goes surfing (New York Daily News)

Raising a daughter with Down syndrome makes me dream of a more inclusive society (Huffington Post)

Resources scarce for adults with autism (The Gazette)

Robot designed to help children with autism (Fast Company. Coexists)

Teen with Down syndrome becomes a police officer for a day (CTV News)

Teen with Down syndrome launches her own dog treat business (TMJ4)

Treating ADHD without medication (ADDitude)

Using poetry to give young adults with disabilities a voice (Washington Post)

What sensory processing disorder has to say about autism (Spectrum)

What it’s like to have ADHD (The Wireless)

Why I’m teaching my child with autism how to swim (Autism Speaks)

Do you know of any interesting articles on special needs and developmental disability topics you would like to see included in the monthly article links? please feel free to contact me at: specialneedsresourceblog@gmail.com

 

 

May Special Needs Article Links

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Welcome to the May article links and resources. These are articles that I  tweeted  and received during the month of May on special needs and developmental disability topics. I tweet articles and links everyday.

3 types of autism spectrum disorder explained (Bustle)

6 resources for working with scouts with autism (Scouting Magazine)

8 learning strategies for children with ADHD (Advance Psychology)

17 ways to help students with ADHD concentrate (Edutopia)

30 academic resources on learning ( Informed)

A letter to my child without ADHD (ADDitude Magazine)

Adult ADHD slipping under the radar (The Sidney Morning Herald)

Aging out of sensory storytime: How libraries can provide services for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum (American Libraries)

Autism-friendly Broadway performances allow families to enjoy theatre together (Fox News Health)

Brain signals between seizures may explain memory problems in patients with epilepsy (Medical Press)

Children with ADHD may benefit from following healthy behaviors, new study suggests (Science News)

Effectively teaching mathematics to students with Down syndrome (Teacher)

Flying with autism: 10 smart tips for an enjoyable experience (Cruising with Autism)

High school senior with cerebral palsy breaks barriers in sports world (WBRC)

Mother pens book about raising 1 twin with autism, 1 without (Fox News Health)

Museum of Disability to open exhibit on Down Syndrome (The Buffalo News)

Navigating an online education for students with disabilities (Online Schools Center)

Not wrong, just different: wisdom for those dealing with ADHD (Huffpost Education)

UK grocery store to offer ‘quiet hours’ for shoppers with autism (Fox News)

Young man with Down syndrome becomes youngest business owner in his town (Eyewitness News)

March Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the March article links and resources. These are articles that I  tweeted during the month of March on special needs and developmental disability topics. I tweet articles and links everyday.

  1. 4 ways parents of children with special needs can prepare for a natural disaster-Think Inclusive
  2. 5 special things you might not knowing about autism– Autism Parenting Magazine
  3. 5 things to consider when planning a sensory room– Friendship Circle
  4. 5 ways to support students with sensory processing disorder– Teach Thought
  5. 10 tips to help kids with autism cope with divorce– Modern Mom
  6. 15 things I’ve learned in 15 years as a special education teacher– Think Inclusive
  7. 16 people with autism describe why eye contact can be difficult– The Mighty
  8. Cerebral palsy, ADHD, autism and epilepsy may overlap in older children-Bel Marra Health
  9. Classroom strategies for teaching children with autism– ASD Teacher
  10. Disabilities in infants after heart surgery- American Academy of CPR and First Aid
  11. How 2016 is set to be a breakthrough year for actors with autism on stage and screen– Evening Standard
  12. How can we do better by our autistic girls?- Blog Her
  13. How to manage ADHD at work– Biz News
  14. I have autism, but I have autistic friends– The Mighty
  15. Many on the Spectrum have SPD. But what is it exactly?-Theautismsite.com
  16. More effective speech therapy approach for children with Down syndrome– Science News
  17. Reducing the stress in moms of children with autism– Mother Nature Network
  18. Shelter animals making a difference in the lives of children with autism– One Green Planet
  19. The characteristics of ADHD- True Hope
  20. Tips on parenting a child with Down syndrome– Parent Herald
  21. Tommy Hilfiger debuts adaptive clothing line- Disability Scoop
  22. Why autism spectrum disorders are under-diagnosed in women and girls – ABC Radio Nation (Australia)

February Special Needs Article Links

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.

  1. Video games: A new therapeutic frontier for cerebral palsy– The Globe and Mail
  2. In case of emergency: ID bands offer extra protection for people with disabilities– Record Eagle
  3. 5 special things you might not know about autism– Autism Parenting Magazine
  4. Lego reveals first ever toy figure in a wheelchair– Independent
  5. Parents are the best advocates for children with sensory processing disorder– The Sensory Spectrum
  6. Trying to explain sensory processing disorder– Attachment Mummy
  7. How to design a calming room for kids with autism– autism.baydakh
  8. 5 reasons to read the autism book everyone’s talking about– parents.com
  9. 10 key reasons why autism unemployment so high– Autism Worlds- Eye Blog
  10. How to help your Aspie learn social skills: the 6 P’s to social skills coaching for parents– Autism Parenting Magazine
  11. Promises every special educator should make to their student’s parents– Think Inclusive.
  12. Bill requiring cameras in special education classrooms get mixed emotions-WSLS
  13. Scientist discover a link between epilepsy and autism for the first time– Daily Mail
  14. 10 rules for being an autism mom-Bloggy Mom
  15. 12 year old girl creates app inspired by sister on autism spectrum-ABCNews
  16. Why recognizing dyslexia in children at school can be difficult-KQED
  17. 24 tips for parenting a child with sensory processing disorder-Crystal & Co.
  18. Orlando hospital pilots ER program to help kids with autism-Bay News 9
  19. 5 things you must know about dating someone with sensory processing disorder-Health Medicine Network
  20. What it’s like to live with autism as an adult– Good housekeeping

 

January Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the January article links and resources. These are articles that I  tweeted during the month of January on special needs and developmental disability topics. I tweet articles and links everyday.

  1. IEP terms you should know– understood.org
  2. 10 Things Medics Should Know About Your Autism– Autism Parenting Magazine
  3. Horse therapy improved memory and attention in cerebral palsy patients-horsetalk.co
  4. 5 myths about sensory processing disorder– Integrated Strategies
  5. It’s not easy teaching special education-NPR
  6. 5 ways to use interactive books in the classroom-Autism Classroom Resources
  7. Parent of child with down syndrome pens book on financial planning for special needs family members– The Gazette
  8. Kindergarten and Sensory Processing Disorder– The Jenny Evolution
  9. Surviving the wandering nightmare– Autism After 16
  10. 7 best teaching apps for kids with autism– Teachercast
  11. Five early signs of autism-Neuroscience News
  12. 5 effective strategies for the inclusive classroom– KQED
  13. Preventing wandering: Resources for parents and first responders– Autism Speaks
  14. Why person-first language doesn’t always put the person first– Think Inclusive
  15. ABA- Teaching verbs to children with autism- About Education
  16. How journaling with my ASD son created a special life connection– Autism Parenting Magazine
  17. 25 fine motor activities using household items– Mama OT
  18. Why is occupational therapy important for children with autism?-Network Autism
  19. Temperature regulation: why does my autistic child refuse to wear a coat– Jeannie Davide-Rivera

 

Disability Awareness Month Schedule

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Ribbons have long been used as a way to bring awareness and raise consciousness for a cause. Ribbons and disability awareness has evolved from brining awareness to various disability topics such as sensitivity, core information, inclusion and advocacy to including information in various formats including resources, activities and print information.

Below, you will find awareness ribbons for specific disabilities and the months they are recognized including the links. If you noticed that I missed any, please let me know.

Awareness Ribbons

Puzzle Awareness Ribbon

autism_ribbonAutism

Burgundy  Awareness Ribbon

burgundy-awareness-ribbon Sickle Cell Anemia , Williams Syndrome

Purple Awareness Ribbon

epilepsy ribbonEpilepsy

Down Syndrome

down syndrome ribbonDown Syndrome

Lime Green Ribbon

lime awarenss ribbon Muscular Dystrophy and Spinal Cord Injuries

 

Orange Awareness Ribbon

adhd.ribbonADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, and Sensory Processing Disorder

Lavender Awareness Ribbon
Rett Syndrome

Blue Awareness Ribbon

hydrapany.ribbonApraxia, Cri Du Chat, Hydrocephalus

Light Blue Awareness Ribbon

tuberous.scherous.ribbonTrisomy 18, DiGeorge Syndrome

 Observance  Awareness Months

March

 Trisomy18

Multiple Sclerosis

Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Disabilities

April

Autism

Auditory Processing Disorder

May

Apraxia

Cri Du Chat

Cystic Fibrosis

Williams Syndrome

June

Dravet Syndrome Day

July

Fragile X Syndrome

National Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

September

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Day

Hydrocephalus

Sickle Cell Anemia

Spinal Cord Injuries

October

ADD/ADHD

Down Syndrome

Rett Syndrome

Sensory Processing Disorder

November

DiGeorge Syndrome

Epilepsy

Do you know of any Awareness Days that have been off the list? Would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July Special Needs Resource Article Links

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Each month, I will post articles on developmental disabilities and special needs that I tweeted from my feed. The articles will cover a variety of articles including, autism, special education , epilepsy, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and more!

 

Spiking Rates of Autism Due to Changing Diagnoses Classification of special Education Students
What is Autism and Why is Public Understanding Important?
How Katy Perry Has Had an Impact on Autism Awareness
5 Ordinary Fathering Skills that Connect you with your Autistic Son
Can-Do Attitude Fuels Pilates Teacher with Cerebral Palsy
Preemies Don’t Show Typical Signs of Autism in Early Infancy
Why Were Cases of Autism So Hard To Find Before the 1990’s?
Teen Model with Down Syndrome Lands First Ad Campaign
Shriver Center Studying Falls Prevention in People with Intellectual Disabilities
6 Autism Terms That Have Disappeared From the Textbooks