Life Skills

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Using Art To Teach Life Skills

For some kids with special needs dealing with new situations or ways of doing things can cause fear and anxiety.  Or they may get “stuck” doing something the same way but become frustrated because...
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Strategies for Success in the Work Force

Many adults with special needs, such as Asperger's, who are in the work force have special talents, such as impressive visual alertness, a depth of knowledge and intense in specific areas of interest. 1. Social...
Scouting and Special Needs

How Can Scouting Help Children with Special Needs?

If you're like I was and have never been involved with scouting, you probably have the impression that scouting is all about camping and testosterone and that there is absolutely no place for children...
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Money Management Made Simple

A couple of years ago my daughter was fifteen years old. For any of you who have teens (especially girls), you probably know many of them like to spend money. Often friends would ask,...
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Encouraging a Special Needs Child to be a Child

Every child with special needs is still a child at heart. No matter what issues, conditions, diagnoses or disabilities help educators, parents, and professionals figure out how to teach and reach a child, there...

Shift Your Focus During a Tantrum: God Spoke to Me

It was a beautiful day as I cheerily loaded my kids in the car to take my youngest son, Jake, to Occupational Therapy.  He eagerly climbed his 7-year-old body into his car seat.  Jake...
Personal Hygiene

Let’s Get Clean Routine

Whether your child is a toddler or an adult, there is always room to focus on personal hygiene. For many, taking care of one’s personal needs can be challenging and/or seen as unnecessary by...
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My Kid is Smearing Feces! HELP!

When you are saying these words, what you want most desperately is for someone, ANYONE, to help you figure out how to get your kid to stop smearing feces.  Stop touching it, playing in...

Finding Your Child’s Voice: How to Raise a Safe, Independent Adult

Every four years, November transforms into a month dedicated to democracy. On Election Day, citizens across the United States of America head to the polls. We cut time out of our busy schedules to...

Having an Ism and Having a Roommate

At the University of Florida (UF), we are already halfway through the semester. I promised I’d share tips and stories and things I’ve been learning in college, and this month, I want to talk...