needs" has come to be a highly inclusive catch phrase. It
refers to kids with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges that
make it difficult for them to get their needs properly met in a
mainstream education or caregiving situation. Special accommodations
are often required for these children in order to enhance the quality
of their lives, to aid them in developing their strengths, and to
help them minimize the impact of their developmental or physical challenges.
Insights into coping with ADD and ADHD.
Includes Stein's insights and wisdom as a mother of five (including
two ADD children) and her humor and advice as a teacher, workshop
leader, and advocate. A useful, if extensive, article that may help
comfort parents and orient teachers and caregivers regarding the
features of ADD. Information is also available on ordering her book
of the same title.
Deciding how to explain Down syndrome to young
children may challenge the beliefs and expectations of adults who
see more differences than similarities among children with Down
syndrome and their mainstream peers.
An excellent and extensive checklist of what
teachers [or advocates] can do to make improve the experience and
performance of the learning for the disabled child -- including classroom
environment, discipline policies, and methods of instruction.
Recognizing early signs of autism helps families find resoures and
support for very young children with autism spectrum disorders. The
autism video glossary shows film clips of autism symptoms, helping
families reach professionals to find an earlier diagnosis and early
A good explanation of why we must be careful
when labeling or diagnosing children's behaviors. In short, "The
danger of using the labels is that the uniqueness of each particular
child is lost. Settling for the labels often becomes more confusing
Useful information on dealing with the
depression that sometimes afflicts parents whose children have been
diagnosed with disabilities. Includes an overview of the symptoms of
depression, advice on when (and when not) to seek medication for
depression and how to re-infuse your life with the ingredients that
nurture a sense of well-being.
An explanation of the different reasons/source
for attention problems -- worries, fears, sensory overload,
difficulty with directions, visual-spatial processing problems, etc.
Advises parent/teacher on how to identify the specific problem areas
and to work from there. "While it's tempting to try to find a
single answer to a problem, deciding a child 'has ADHD' and needs to
be medicated can lead us to miss out on opportunities to strengthen
underlying capacities. "
In short chapters, some including evocative prose poems, Mukhopadhyay, a severely autistic adolescent whose mother painstakingly taught him how to read and write, introduces the reader to his daily inner life. Sometimes his thoughts are compulsive—he misses an entire film while mentally drawing diagonals across every one of the design squares on the cinema's ceiling—and sometimes fragmented, as when looking at a bucket: I might easily get distracted by its redness, since it would remind me of how my hands bled when I had fallen from a swing, how I was so absorbed in that red that I had forgotten about my pain, and how that red resembled a hibiscus.... Mukhopadhyay
reflects on autism without romanticizing it, acknowledging my
physical and neurological limitations and declaring, I am not
worried about hell because I have experienced it here on earth.
Occasionally, his writing is somewhat sketchy, but for the most
part this is an eye-opening book on a serious disorder and the
hope that other autistic children can learn to transcend it
through education and imaginative self-reflection.
What Chantal Sicile-Kira does so well is to make the reader understand and appreciate what it is like to be a parent of an autistic child, what family life can be like with siblings, what the educational prospects are, how one fits into the community and what the future may hold. Autism spectrum disorders are becoming better and better understood all the time, and there is even a school of thought that suggests that, in their milder forms,
to look for a "cure" may be a misdirection because many autistics have a unique and valuable way of viewing the world and living life.
This is a great resource for
both children and adults with autism. This comprehensive site
offers an "Action Plan for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Kids",
explanations of autism, a medical overview with links to additional
information on the web, nutritional information, recommended books, and
so much more.
Billed as "the interactive guide to
learning disabilities", this site features
articleson a variety of topics important to LD individuals
and those who interact with them. Official website of the Coordinated
Campaign for Learning Disabilities & the National Joint Committee
on Learning Disabilities
The National Clearinghouse for Professions in
Special Education Mainly useful for learning more about working in
special ed. Contains info about professional support networks,
outlines different specialties or career areas within the special
education field, and supports links to a recruiters network -- to
facilitate job placement.
This is an exceptional site, chock full of
useful information. Contains vast numbers of excellent high quality
publications and fact sheets (free for download and distribution),
news about current legislation & budget issues relevant to
persons with disabilities, plus conference information. While there,
check out their colorful mini posters -- download them, for free, and
print them out.
Sponsored by The Resource Foundation for
Children with Challenges (RFCC), this is an excellent online resource
for parents (and teachers) of developmentally challenged children.
Features an inspiring collection of success stories, information on
various disorders, a place to vent and share your horror stories, a
bulletin board for exchanging tips with other families, and help in
diagnosing a child's particular developmental disorder.
MeetUp.com allows you to create
your own online presence for your play group, support group, or other related get together. There
is a cost for hosting your own group, but you can always look
for other groups to join.
This site features blogs and websites by moms as
well as discussion groups on a variety of parenting topics, including
special needs issues.
Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder ,
Special Education are just a few of the groups this site has
featured. You'll have to browse their groups folder to find
one for you-- or just start a new group focused on your particular
One of a number of discussion forums sponsored
by the Council For Exceptional Children. This is a place for
special ed. teachers to share their insights, tips, and inspirational
stories with each other. Surf the C.E.C. site for the latest policy
information, online courses, as well as leads on jobs in the special