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Good website for caregivers of special needs

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:08 pm    Post subject: Good website for caregivers of special needs Reply with quote


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Found this magazine while waiting in a room while my 8yo had her OT eval, and while my toddler was paging through books and babbling, and while other mothers brought their children in and I once again had the opportunity to interact, observe, and just "be with" other special needs families.

The magazine was "Exceptional Parent" but it's for professionals and caregivers of people and children with special needs. Very interesting articles, including resources for siblings of special needs kids, families where more than one child has special needs (like ours), and alternate approaches to therapy and support for families.

There was also a website for homeschooling children with special needs, I think it was

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I just bookmarked it but didn't get to read much about it yet.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kim!

My nephew's wife called me last week to tell me their three year olod son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

He is going to therapy twice a week now but still goes through frustration because he can't clearly speak the words to get his thoughts across to people. They said his speech has improved dramatically though and they are pleased with the present results of his therapy.

I'll have to give JoAnna this information.

Thank you!!!! hug

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie, please give them my information also if they ever want to talk.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for taking so long to answer Kim.

You know I'll give them this info. I thought of you right away.

How are you and your family?

My son and husband both have terrible viruses. Rob is coughing so hard it is causing some minor bleeding. He's been going to work though.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My little one has a provisional diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum, and she will start a special-education preschool next month.

I visited her prospective preschool today - everything looks good, she'll receive her therapy services as part of school (3 days a week, 3 hours per day). They have trained teachers and experienced therapists there, who work with words, pictures, and sign language. Her IEP meeting is next Friday (February 15), and we will determine her services, her needs, and how best to work on her educational goals, and to keep things consistent between home life and school work.

I'm working with my daughter now on learning the alphabet - the sounds and the sign language also.

Provided I can get her 3-year check-up scheduled in time, she'll start preschool in early March.

Thankfully, this preschool values parental participation, like my 9yo's preschool did, so you can be sure that I will be very involved in my 3yo's school as well -- and on the parental advisory board!! Oh, they will get to know me soon enough ... they may not have much parental participation now, but get me at the helm and that will change Dancing

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim I am so glad you are getting this all together. I know how important it is to you to get your children the best possible help available and I know you will do it!

And I loved being on the Parent Council. I headed ours up until last September (so about 12 years in total) and you can really make a difference.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And this has very little to do with anything, but in my work with the STARS group, we have craft shows sometimes to help raise money for our activities.

Tonight, it occurred to me to ask the director how she felt about my making rosaries for a $5 donation for the next craft show. The rosaries cost me about $2.00 each to make, so STARS would pocket $3 for every rosary sold.

She loved the idea and told me to "get crackin' on it" - seems she's planning another craft show in her head and will count on me to have plenty of rosaries made by then ............ here is an example of my work Smile [I just finished a sky blue rosary for my sister in law, and I've started a pink rosary for a friend in Italy ... then I'll make a green one for the director, whose family is Irish.]



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim, it's very nice to see what you're doing for STARS group.
Your rosaries are very beautiful. Applause

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Kim,

Are they ever nice! My friend Gabe would love those (wouldn't he Simy?) You should feel good about what you are doing. I know I would.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nuccia wrote:
Wow Kim,

Are they ever nice! My friend Gabe would love those (wouldn't he Simy?) You should feel good about what you are doing. I know I would.


Would your friend Gabe like a rosary made for him?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kim!

YES! I think Gabe would love one, thank you! Thats so sweet of you to offer!

Very Happy

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