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How To Answer, “What’s Wrong With Him?” Part 2

Friday, July 22, 2016

“Rude comments sometimes are what most of us have said before when seeing a bad display in a store-just because I now know different doesn’t mean that I used to stand behind some tantruming child and think “poor thing – I wonder if he has profound communication difficulties that impair his ability to rationalize this situation appropriately !!” LOL ..as if !!!!” ~Deborah In part one we dealt with people asking you what’s wrong with your child out of concern or curiosity.  These are people who are not meaning to hurt you or your child by asking, “What’s... 

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Don't Test Ability On A Disability

Don’t Test Ability On A Disability

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Testing your child’s ability on their disability is a violation of your child’s civil rights in the United States.  You’d think it wouldn’t happen then, but you’d think wrong if you are talking about communication impairments.  When speaking in regards to civil rights I like to refer to communication impairments as a verbal disability.  A disability can be temporary or permanent. Outside of a hearing impairment, where there are laws in place, for most others with a temporary or permanent verbal disability there is a good chance a verbal based test was used to judge... 

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How To Answer, “What’s Wrong With Him?” Part 1

Thursday, July 14, 2016

“Does he ever talk? Why isn’t he saying hello? Is there something wrong with him?” Always be prepared for it if you have a child with a communication impairment. You start to get a sense of when that question is coming from a well meaning (or rude) stranger. Sometimes it’s when someone hears how your child communicates, or there will be a few other questions first like, “Is he deaf?” or maybe you aren’t prepared when a stranger asks your child “how old are you?” and then asks when your child doesn’t respond before you have a chance to... 

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Easy Tips: Teach Your Child To Swallow Pills

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

“With the water and his head back -poof the water and the M&M mini were gone!” Well maybe you need to teach your child to swallow all kinds of pills, but I personally was motivated because I gave my boys fish oils.  If you serve fish oils to your preschool child you already know that fish oils and toddlers don’t mix too well as I have here. I have great news for the pin piercing, fish oil capsule squeezing, or fish oil pouring onto a spoon crowd! Some tips on how to teach your child that is older than 6 years old to swallow fish oil capsules, and (drum roll please) even if... 

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Organic Oreos With- Organic -Water Anyone-

Organic Oreos With Organic Water

Friday, July 8, 2016

The original definition of the word organic from the 18th century is: “the condition of being ordered as a living being.” While a blow drier, a fork, and a toenail clipper are not organic, yet, we now have organic Oreos, organic water, and organic Kraft mac and cheese. Manufacturers know that consumers see the word organic and assume it’s healthy, regardless of what it is.  As Josh Bloom. a  senior director of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences at the American Council on Science and Health, recently wrote for the Chicago Tribune “Market research seems to have reached... 

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The Moment I Realized My Son Had Special Needs

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sometimes things hit you like a ton of bricks, other times it can be something as subtle as the question “hot dog or hamburger?” ~Lisa Geng Tanner and his older brother Dakota hugging I knew from the moment I saw my older son that there was something profoundly wrong.  He entered the world with a traumatic delivery which caused the first part of his life to start in the ICU overseen by various neurologists, in therapy from just weeks old.  Strangers used to look at him and start crying, frequently.  So there was never a doubt that my older son had special needs by anyone as he had... 

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A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development

Report: A Host Of Common Chemicals Endanger Child Brain Development

Sunday, July 3, 2016

“Our mothers were told to worry about the 4 basic food groups, and we’re told to worry about pesticides, preservatives, corn syrup, saturated fat, sodium, sugar, gluten, genetically modified, hormones, AAAHHHHH!!!  How do I feed my kids without poisoning them?!” ~Odd Mom Out: Jill Kargman Children in America today are at an unacceptably high risk of developing neurodevelopmental disorders that affect the brain and nervous system including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, and other learning and behavioral disabilities. These... 

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Letting Kids Be Kids Is Smart

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Peter Banning: What …is the matter with you? When are you gonna stop acting like a child? Jack: [laughs] I am a child. ~The Movie Hook 1991 Nothing to see here except overwhelming evidence, move along We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that young children learn through play.  Results are consistent from study to study that early academic training somewhat increases children’s immediate scores on the specific tests that the training is aimed at, but these initial gains level out within 1 to 3 years, between 1st and 4th grade, and in some studies are even reversed.   Children who... 

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Something Smells Fishy- Serving Kids Fish Oils

Friday, June 10, 2016

Once you start fish oils  in rare situations you may note a “fishy” smell around your toddler.  The following will cover why this happens and how in all but rare cases this can be corrected. Even a little fish can stink! Child smells fishy after taking fish oils Clearly the preferable way to give a child fish oils is to have them swallow the capsules.  This is not possible for toddlers.  In addition if you have a child with special needs it may take even longer to teach them to swallow the capsules.  I’ll cover how to teach a child to swallow capsules in another blog. Fish... 

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Develop A Growth Mindset For Your Child

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

” Overall, parents who see failure as debilitating focus on their children’s performance and ability rather than on their children’s learning, and their children, in turn, tend to believe that intelligence is fixed rather than malleable.  While a growth mindset is important for all children, it’s especially key for our children with special needs.” Children’s intelligence mind-sets (i.e., their beliefs about whether intelligence is fixed or malleable) robustly influence their motivation and learning. New study finds that the parents’ views on failure (and not intelligence)... 

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HALF OF THE FUNDS ARE NEEDED BY APRIL 15TH IN ORDER TO SHOOT OUR FILM ABOUT CHRIS ULMER IN MAY. PLEASE DONATE TODAY.  40 Million Americans have a communication disorder – 1 in 12 are school-age children​. Millions of kids struggle with expressive, receptive, fluency or voice issues – they struggle to be heard and to […]

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Metabolomics: You Are What You Eat

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“Diet definitely impacts a person’s metabolites. They can see which foods cause what kinds of metabolic changes and how that evolves over time. It will be very informative to see how what you eat determines what you are chemically.” NASA’s Human Research Program released the video “Metabolomics: You Are What You Eat” to highlight its Twins Study […]

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Eating Clean To Protect The Brain

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“So you recommend that pregnant women eat organic produce?” I asked Grandjean, a Danish-born researcher who travels around the world studying delayed effects of chemical exposure on children. “That’s what I advise people who ask me, yes. It’s the best way of preventing exposure to pesticides.” Grandjean estimates that there are about 45 organophosphate pesticides […]

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